Saturday, December 10, 2011

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Kensington

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.  But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . . - Goodreads.com

I've had this book since July and purposely waited to read it because I knew it was the first in a series.  I wanted to give it some time and wait until at least the second one was out.  Now that the second book is out, I went ahead and read it and I'm divided on whether or not I made the right decision to wait or not.  On the one hand, if I'd read it when I got it, I would have been in agony waiting for the second one to come out.  But on the other hand, this book was so good, I hate that I waited so long to read it!!

Gwen has got to be one of my favorite characters I've read in a while.  She's so spunky, her narrative is funny and engaging, and I really cared what happened to her.  On top of that, this was just a really good story.  Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I love mythologically-based books, so this was right up my alley, but Jennifer Estep gave this something a little more.  It's not just Greek gods, it's Norse and Viking ones as well...all forms of mythology, and ancient warrior races like trojans and spartans.  It had everything and I was in mythology heaven.

The conflict wasn't overly complicated, but it was suspenseful and intriguing.  And Logan?  Yeah... love Logan.  Big Logan fan here.  Although the romance wasn't the central focus, there was just enough to really tie me in knots and make me wish these two could get together.  By the time I finished the story and discovered Gwen's big secret heritage, I was definitely a huge fan of Jennifer Estep and will be looking for more books by her.

Can't wait to read the sequel!

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