Saturday, July 23, 2011

Touch of Frost- Mythos Academy Series- Who knew that School Could Be So Deadly

Earlier this year we reviewed Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin’s series and really liked it, so we were excited to hear that she had a new YA urban fantasy series coming out. I have read many YA series and enjoy the genre, so I was especially anxious to see what Jennifer would do.

When I heard the premise, I thought it might be a copy of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series just with a female heroine. That analogy would not be a criticism because I really liked that series, but it might get a little boring and not be able to sustain a following. Of course, with the interesting cast of characters she created in her Elemental Assassin’s world, I should have known that Jennifer would deliver much more.

In Mythos Academy we meet Gwen Frost, a new student at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, and more. Her mother has died and she is trying to figure out why she is at the school when she is not a warrior, but a Gypsy. She has the ability to touch an object and know the object’s history, see what has happened to it or around it, just by touching it.Unfortunately, this is also true when she touches people which is how she knew that her first beau was thinking of another girl when he kissed her. Awkward.

Jennifer tells a great story that kept me guessing until the end and weaves in mythology and magic - finding a way to make it real to the reader who may be in disbelief just like the heroine who approaches the whole world of magic and myth with skepticism. Each of the book’s characters draws you in and makes you want to know more about them and their stories, and yes, we want to see Gwen and Logan Quinn, the totally hot Spartan, get together. Of course, not sure how that will go as he is a bit of a man slut and if she kisses him, she will literally see what he has done and with whom.
I give this book a definite 4.5 chocolate dipped strawberries which is one of the highest ratings I have given to any book I have reviewed.

Read it or get it for your YA; you will definitely get frostbitten and have to read more.

Cat Devon
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