Mythos Academy #1
by Jennifer Estep
Published on August 1, 2011 by Kensington - Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 first read Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep about 4 years ago. It was when I first started REALLY reading again. I hadn’t joined goodreads or started blogging yet. It was a random library find that I absolutely loved. But a few weeks ago, I decided to give the entire series a reread since I hadn’t actually read the final book yet. Unfortunately, it was not what I remembered. I started noticing things about the characters and the writing that I hadn’t noticed before. However, despite the obvious problems with it, I still got a sense of nostalgia while reading. It’s the main reason I still gave it 3 stars.
Gwen Frost is a gypsy. She has what they call Psychometry, or touch magic. She goes to a school where everyone has some sort of power, but isn’t all. They are all descendants of the demi-gods from mythology. Any mythological story you can think of is real. Greek, Roman, Norse, Japanese, everything. This world, however, is new to Gwen. Her mother and grandmother raised her in the “normal” world, hoping she would never have to attend Mythos Academy. But when her mother unexpectedly dies, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos to learn how to control her powers. And then drama ensues.
I really loved the concept behind this series because I absolutely love mythology books. I don’t know why, but I have always had a soft spot for mythology. It’s just so interesting! I went through a phase where I would ONLY ready mythology based books. But I think this definitely could have been cut down to a trilogy. So much, but so little happens in this book. We learn who Gwen is, learn about the war between the Gods, and go through solving a mystery to a murder that Gwen sort of witnessed. But, when and if, I review the other books, you will see how much more could have gone into three books rather than 6.
Now to get to the writing. When I first read it, I didn’t really know what good writing was. I was only 15 and hadn’t been exposed to all the wonderful writing of the world yet. So I thought this was the most wonderful book there was. To be honest though, it could have been better. The characters were all made up of white individuals, you did have a gay friend but he wasn’t one of the very main characters, even though you did see him around quite a bit. I have found that I also don’t really like the first person pov as much anymore. It has a less refined feel to it unless you do it right. I felt that Gwen was very self absorbed and her actions revolved around Logan Quinn and proving that she wasn’t useless. But while trying to prove this, she put herself in so much danger that was unnecessary.
All in all, this book wasn’t as impressive the second time around. I’m still going to finish the series because I want to know what happens and how she defeats Loki, but I’m not going to put it that high on my TBR.
Also, I’m sorry this review was all over the place :/ My week has kind of been all over the place so I guess this reflects it pretty well. I hope you enjoyed this review!