Saturday, September 17, 2011
"Touch of Frost" by Jennifer Estep
Age Group: Young Adult
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 love books that are set around mythology and this one was especially cool, because it incorporated all different types of mythology, not just the currently popular greek mythology. Gwen's magic, psychometry, was really cool and maybe a little scary. Being able to know details about someone or something just by touching it would be crazy intimidating for me. Gwen handled it by mostly ignoring people. Of course, as with any good story about a magical loner, you never get to stay invisible and alone for long. As Gwen starts investigating what really happened to Jasmine Ashton, she has to enlist the help of mean girl Valkyrie Daphne, but we start to find out that there might be more to Daphne than her mean girl antics. Honestly, I didn't like Logan at first, he was too cocky for me, but he definitely grew on me the more he popped up in the story. All I want now is to learn all of the secrets he swears Gwen doesn't want to know. Cocky guys bother me to no end, but mysterious and cocky guys get my full attention!
There is so much craziness going on in this world with all of the different Gods and mythologies, and the Chaos War with Loki and his Reapers. I don't know about you, but being at the center of a war between good and evil Gods, seems like the most dangerous place you could be. Mythos is a place were all these warrior kids learn and hone their skills and are seemingly protected from bad things, but not everyone there is on the side of good and figuring out who is the enemy doesn't seem too easy. The mystery in this one wrapped up nicely, as far as Jasmine's death and everything surrounding that, but there are plenty of things that just had the surfaced scratched and I can't wait to find out more. This was a phenomenal read with plenty of action and wit. Vic is the best kind of comic relief! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes mythology, weapons, magic, boarding schools, badass warriors and hoodies :0) Also, I would like pink sparks to come from my fingers, that is all.