Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
ISBN-13 Book: 9780758266927
Source: I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher. This is my honest review!
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gwen Frost, aka Gypsy Girl, doesn’t seem to fit in at her new school, Mythos Academy. Unlike her classmates who are the descendants of great warriors like the Spartans, Amazons, or even Valkyries, Gwen’s only gift is her psychometry which allows her to sense the emotions and thoughts of people she touches or objects that belong to them. In a school where everyone is a warrior, Gwen wonders why she must go there. When a student ends up dead, Gwen takes it upon herself to solve the murder when no one else seems to care.
I couldn’t put this one down. It has everything I like in my books; a feisty heroine, a bit of mystery, and I admit I am a sucker for mythology. This book hooked me from the beginning and despite some minor flaws kept me reading until the last page. I even had to go out and purchase the e-book novella and will be preordering the sequel. I loved this one.
I really liked Gwen’s character. You could understand her and wish that she would get what she wants. While her character was superbly done, the rest of the characters were less well developed. We know there is more to them, and hopefully we will find out more about them in future novels in this series.
The story was fast paced and interesting. The mystery was intriguing, but somewhat predictable. I had much of it figured out before Gwen got there, but despite that I still enjoyed the story.
In the end I didn’t mind those minor flaws in characterization and predictability because the journey to get to the end was so worth the time. Mythos Academy is a fascinating place, and the people and history are definitely things I want to know more about.
Overall this novel was a fun read start to finish and I can’t wait for the next Kiss of Frost which comes out November 29, 2011 and I have already purchased the novella First Frost for my nook which was released July 1st. I can’t wait to read it, and I am definitely going to preorder Kiss of Frost. This is a series to watch.
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