Earlier in the year I read Corrine Jackson's debut novel, If I Lie. I adored it and I was very much looking forward to reading Touched, her first vent...moreEarlier in the year I read Corrine Jackson's debut novel, If I Lie. I adored it and I was very much looking forward to reading Touched, her first venture into the paranormal. While I still greatly enjoyed Corrine Jackson's writing, Touched really fell flat for me.
My biggest issue with Touched was that, while the premise seemed unique, the story actually wasn't very original. I know readers aren't supposed to compare books when reading but I honestly could not stop thinking about Twilight while reading this one. There was this dark, brooding boy with a secret, a rather plain girl who fell in love with him, this group of people out to stop the human world from finding out about the paranormal creatures, and so much more! I'm not saying that Corrine Jackson stole the story from Stephenie Meyer, I'm just saying, it's all been done before. I would have much rather read something with more originality.
Remy, however, didn't really remind me all that much of Bella. Remy was a strong character who had to deal with a lot. Her ability made her a target and so she was always keeping her distance from people. She knew that if people found out it could ruin her life. She was a little rough around the edges because of this but she was really easy to like. Asher, on the other hand, was a little harder to like, mainly because he reminded me so much of Edward. Like I said, he was dark and brooding, but he also kept trying to keep Remy away from him. He kept going on and on about how dangerous he was for her. I just wanted to reach in and slap him.
The plot had some holes but it is the first book in a trilogy so that was to be expected. Things really started to come together in the end and of course, then it ended. I was left with quite a few questions but nothing that left me disappointed. There was just enough mystery to keep me interested for the next book.
Overall, Touched certainly had it's flaws but it is still a solid start to the Sense Thieves trilogy. So far I have been pretty impressed with Corrine Jackson's books and I look forward to more in this trilogy.(less)
Touch Of Frost is a promising start to the Mythos Academy series. This first book features awesome mythology, fun characters, and kick-ass battle scen...moreTouch Of Frost is a promising start to the Mythos Academy series. This first book features awesome mythology, fun characters, and kick-ass battle scenes. I can't wait for more.
Mythos Academy is a re-imagining of ancient mythology. A lot of it is based on truth but a lot of things have been added in to make it unique and a very fun read. Mythology has always been a love of mine so this new trend in books makes me very happy and I thought Touch Of Frost was the perfect blend of truth and fiction (if you can call myths truth.)
Gwen Frost, the main character, was not my favorite at first. I didn't really like her attitude or the fact that she complained about having no friends but did nothing to change that. She expected everyone to come to her. She made no effort to change her miserable life at Mythos Academy. And then there was Logan Quinn. The song "Hot 'N Cold" by Katy Perry is perfect for him. He was all over the place and not once did I know what he was feeling. Hopefully there will be more about him in book two, as well as Vic. I loved Vic and I want to know more about him. He is a very unusual character.
The plot of Touch Of Frost was slow in the beginning but it picked up in the middle and didn't slow down after that. I was on the edge of my seat by the end of the book. The sequel promises to be very exciting as well.
Overall, Touch Of Frost is a great start to what looks like a fabulous series. I urge you to pick it up if you are a mythology lover like me.(less)
I've become a huge fan of the Mythos Academy series. The start was a little rocky but the rest of the books made up for the rough start. I devoured al...moreI've become a huge fan of the Mythos Academy series. The start was a little rocky but the rest of the books made up for the rough start. I devoured all the previous books and I expected nothing less with Crimson Frost. While I definitely enjoyed Crimson Frost I didn't think it was as good as the previous books in the series.
My biggest issue with Crimson Frost was Gwen. She didn't seem to have nearly as much spunk as she did in the previous books. Sure she was sarcastic and funny but not nearly as much as I've come to expect from her. She just seemed rather lackluster and I got really tired of her poor pitiful me act. I wanted to see her take control of the situation and it took almost all of the book for her to do that. She wasn't the Gwen I have come to love from the other books.
New characters were introduced in Crimson Frost and I loved to hate most of them. The Protectorate really annoyed me, especially Linus. He was a major jerk and there were many times where I just wanted to reach into the book and slap him. Alexei was quite a mystery to me for most of the book. I wasn't sure what his motives were, whether he was going to end up being good or bad, and whether or not I would ever grow to like him. Agrona however was the most mysterious. I was left guessing for a good part of the book who was good and who was going to end up being evil. (And I was definitely surprised at the end.)
The story was rather slow. The first few chapters really hooked me but then they lost me. Nothing really seemed to happen for a good portion of the book. I wanted more action and more fighting. Instead there was a lot of Gwen feeling sorry for herself.
Overall, Crimson Frost wasn't what I would call the best book in the series but it was still a fun read and it definitely left me dying for the next book. I have a feeling that fans of this series will really enjoy this addition.(less)