July 25, 2011

Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

A Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2011
Kensington Publishing

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 really don't even know where to begin. A Touch of Frost to me was just okay. It was one of those books that I was super excited to read, only it was just an okay story.

The world that Jennifer Estep takes you into is fantastic. It was very believable and the characters are very easy to like. The main character Gwen is funny, smart, daring and very nosy. Gwen has the power to see things and feel things by simply touching them and/or it. Gwen's story is a really sad one and you can't help but feel sorry for her. I really liked Gwen, though I did feel that at times she talked way to much. The story is told from her point of view and it was just a lot of talking. I found myself losing interest at some points, but not enough to put the book down. I also feel that a lot of things in the story was repeated a lot. There was plenty of suspense and humor though, for me to continue reading and finish the book.

I really liked the chemistry between Gwen and Logan, but I just wish there was more of it. It really wasn't a back and forth relationship, which made me SUPER happy, but nothing really happened between the two even though you can feel the chemistry. It was obvious that Logan was into Gwen.

Overall, I feel that A Touch of Frost is more of an introduction to the next. Jennifer Estep did a lot of explaining and introducing in this book and it felt more like an opening to me. A lot does happen in the book and Gwen's life changes, but it still felt like it was explaining the world and how everything works. I am curious to see what will happen next in Kiss of Frost now that everything has been explained and put into motion. Plus, I need more of Logan. He's just yummy!

3 out of 5 Stars!


  1. I think it would be cool to attend a school filled with mythos! Can I enroll even tho Im just a mere mortal =) .... the way you sounded on the review, it pretty much sounds like the first book from the HON series by P.C. & Kristin Cast... but I guess I'll still give it a try since you mentioned theres a yummy Logan lol... I usually like all the background and know more on the characters first on, but it does get pretty boring if there isnt anything else added in. But since there is humor, usually that does the trick to have me continue reading too =)
    Thanks for the review!!

  2. Thank you for your very honest review. I have been seeing this book all over the place, and I really want to read it for myself! It is at the top of my TBR list:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  3. Thanks for the review. I read Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series and was wondering if I should add this one to my TBR list as well.

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com


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