April 15, 2012

Title: Touch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp
Published: July 26, 2011
Pages: 350

From the publisher: 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.

Celeste’s review: I love this heroine! Gwen Frost is someone I want as a best friend. Gwen is a gypsy, at least that is what she has always called herself because of her “gift”. For that reason she has to attend Mythos Academy, a school for kids that are descended from warriors that served the gods. Don’t let the boarding school idea turn you off, this struck me as more of a college setting, with the ages of the kids ranging from 16-21. This is definitely a Young Adult novel for the older crowd . This also isn’t your typical school with run down buildings and grounds. Everything here is lavish and gorgeous and plush. I mean, Gwen’s dorm room is in a turret (how cool!). Everyone is also gorgeous it seems, from the Valkyries, to Spartans (rawr!), to Amazons…..

Gwen is barely settling into the academy, making peace with the fact that she has no friends at Mythos, when the gorgeous but bitchy Jasmine is murdered nearly in front of her eyes. Not only was Jasmine murdered, but an ancient artifact was stolen. However, Gwen is left untouched much to her suprise. The school barely flinches at the murder, but Gwen can’t swallow the fact that Jasmine is so quickly forgotten even if she wasn’t the nicest person.

Gwen’s humanity towards Jasmine’s death gets her attention. Some good, some bad, and some from the smexy, perfectly muscled Spartan Logan Quinn. Oh yes, the supposed manwhore of Mythos Academy that I couldn’t help but love, and neither can Gwen. He was born a warrior and loves to fight; it’s in his blood. While this book in the series isn’t heavy on the romance I think it was just the build up leading to a love affair I hope to see in book 2. There is definitely sexual chemistry between Gwen and Logan and I can’t wait till the sparks start flying *fingers and toes crossed*. Gwen also gets attention from a few other people that she did not expect. One is very scary and the other is intimidating, but amazing. No, I can’t say anything else

This book is the story of Gwen finding her place at Mythos while trying to figure out who killed Jasmine. The story was such a quick, easy, and fun read that is filled with a brewing romance, humor and mystery. I definitely rec it and can’t wait to jump right into the second book, Kiss of Frost.

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