Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)
by Jennifer Estep
Rating: Loved it!
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...
I’d heard some pretty fantastic things about this book so I just had to dive into it. Funny and engaging with a nerdy and sarcastic yet endearing outcast for an MC that’s actually logical. Yes please.
Gwen, how awesome you are! I’d totally be your friend! A nerdy outcast that likes all things superheroes? Add in an awesome power of her own and what’s not to love? Her power makes her like the human equivalent of a blood hound. Sarcastic, funny, quirky, odd and best of all: intelligent. This girl actually made smart decisions and came to logical conclusions. I put so much emphasis on this because this is so hard to find in YA heroines these days. I don’t think there was ever really an incident where I wanted to smack some sense into her. The light bulb didn’t even go off in my head until it went off in hers. I literally found out the culprit right before Gwen did.
Which brings me to the awesomeness of the plot. The plot was done incredibly well and I never guessed who it was until right before it was revealed. That takes talent. I’m not one to normally dwell on it and try and figure it out, but more often than not it’s obvious early on. Not this time! If you want a good mystery, definitely check this out!
I actually ended up liking the secondary characters. Daphne could definitely be a B, but she had a good side to her and I like her growth and snarkiness. And Logan….Oh, Logan. We don’t really get to know too much about him but he’s a Spartan. Which is sexy by default. Anyone ever seen 300? Yeah. Men running around in skirts never looked so good ;) But I like that maybe he’s not the playboy everyone thinks he is. Can’t wait to learn more about this sexy fella in the upcoming books.
I have to say that even though this book had great characters and plot, the repetition bugged me. A lot. I get it that her mom died and she’s sad and what not and I’m not trying to be heartless but quit saying it! And she would pretty much say the same thing every time she talked about her. Many paragraphs could’ve been taken out. Also, I do wish that we’d gotten to learn more about the other magical beings there. The same ones are repeated, but even them you don’t learn much about. I really hope to explore more of the world in the next books.
Awesome MC? Check. Engaging and thick plot? Check. Sexy men? Check. Really, what more could you want?
All the best ♥