Friday, February 7, 2014

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep Review

"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..."

Touch of Frost is Percy Jackson with girl talk. And without the son of Poseidon mumbo jumbo. Actually, let's mix Percy Jackson with Vampire Academy (without the vampire; or at least not until they appear) and The Lying Game along with a lot of girl talk and slang. There! You got Touch of Frost.

Apparently, all the gods and goddess in mythology from the Geeks (I mean Greeks) to the Norse people are real. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, to Zeus (he hasn't made an appearance yet), the god of lightning among other stuff. Don't forget to include Loki, the trickster god and the obvious villain of the story/series. 

Touch of Frost is hilarious; even though it shouldn't be because a girl died, the book is just funny. It's so easy to slip into Gwen Frost, the loner and poor outcast and narrator of the series. She's so...strong yet so stubborn. Yes, stubborn, that's a good word for her persistence. With a lot of sarcasm and humor in her narrative, it's so easy to like her and root for her. It does help that she's the ________ for Nike, the goddess of Victory. Anyway, I just want to say how suddenly likable mythology is when it comes to Gwen Frost and Percy Jackson and people with the similar likes and makings of these...jokers.

The plot of Touch of Frost is awesome. I love the mystery behind Jasmine's death. Gwen, the only one who actually cared about her death even though she doesn't like Jasmine very much, spends most of the story trying to find the killer/reaper. Of course, this book is totally awesome and you probably won't know who the real reaper is until you read the last page. You'll shout "Mother of all pages!" when you find out. That's what I did. I think I shouted "Damn!" instead of that, but you can try that one. 

Gwen Frost doesn't believe (total Percy Jackson moment; is this book published when Percy and his books were out?) in myths and all that stuff. She, like I said earlier, is a loner. Whenever Mr. Hottie (Logan Quinn; doesn't the name sound hot?) bumps into her literally, it makes my life absolutely perfect. Other than the minor fact he has a girlfriend named Savannah (BTW, she's an Amazon. Yeah one of those Amazons like Wonder Woman). Hopefully there will be further development on that.

The ending. Whoa! The plot twist was deadly! 

Rating: Five out of Five

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