PJV Quickie: While ‘Touch of Frost’ might fall within the stereotypical young adult tried and true plot foundations, the originality of the back-story and Estep’s unique voice set this apart from the rest of the herd. Yes, this is another young adult novel about a boarding school, some magic and a loner – but, look past that and just appreciate the story of Gwen Frost, you’ll be happy you did.
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Publication: August 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Received eARC from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Jennifer Estep is an author with a unique voice. I fell in love with her writing when I first read her adult, urban fantasy ‘Elemental Assassin’ series. It’s just different, gritty, up-front and a little twisted. She might reign in the gritty and bi-polar intensity a bit for her young adult series, but the uniqueness still comes through. I highly recommend that you check out Jennifer Estep – if you have a penchant for young adult, start with ‘First Frost’ and the Mythos Academy series (‘First Frost’ is the prequel to ‘Touch of Frost’ and only .89¢ on Amazon right now).
In ‘Touch of Frost’ you are introduced to Gwen Frost, a gypsy with a different kind of magical gift, she has psychometry. She usually uses her gifts to find things, but when she stumbles upon a murdered classmate in the Library of Mythos Academy she knows that she might be the only one that cares enough to look into her death. It just might be a little over her head, especially as she is just starting the Academy and not even sure she believes in all this mythical stuff they keep going on about.
A rich mix of different myths and magical teens, Estep keeps you on your toes and introduces you to larger-than-life characters that you’ll fall in love with. She makes things interesting by the reactions of her characters not being what you would expect and she also has a great way of ending the book but keeping you desperately wanting more, without obvious and cheap cliffhangers. Estep hit a home run with this one and the only reason it’s not perfect is because the basic premise of the boarding school and the magic is just reminiscent of so many other young adult books. But, I’ve got book two loaded up in my iBooks and have started reading it already – can’t wait to see where this series goes.
Recommended for mature teens because of violence and some sexual content, completely 3rd party, nothing first hand. Fans of young adult paranormal will enjoy. There is hinted about romance, but I wouldn’t describe this as a romance, more urban fantasy. It is highly recommended that you read ‘First Frost’ the prequel to Touch of Frost. It gives you the back story of how Gwen made it to Mythos Academy.
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