Welcome to Mythos Academy home of many young men and women who on any campus would blend right in just by looking at them, that is far from the truthWelcome to Mythos Academy home of many young men and women who on any campus would blend right in just by looking at them, that is far from the truth because they are descended from a long line of warriors gifted by the gods and goddesses of legend and mythology. Gwen Frost is nothing like her peers, she is just a 17 year old girl who is still reeling over the loss of her beloved Mother so when a Professor from the Academy comes to her home and tells her Grandmother it is time for Gwen to enroll it is a huge adjustment from public High School.
The Frost women have power, some have healing abilities, some like Gwen have the power to "see" through touching an object or person, some like her Grandmother are psychic and can see into a person's immediate future. Gwen cannot understand how those powers qualify her as belonging in the same league as the female Valkyrie students or the male Spartans, after all as far as she knows her magical ability is not strength based but more of an intellectual process.
Touch of Frost was a wonderfully fun and happily engaging first book in the Mythos Academy series. As the first Young Adult novel penned by author Jennifer Estep it had a solidly constructed world as well as strong well fleshed out characters. Though the reader figures out what is going on before Gwen does we approach from a different angle than she did as we are not embroiled in the action as it takes place. I enjoyed immensely the fact that the author was able to incorporate references to several of her other series in the story, it was a fun journey learning about the students and the teachers backgrounds along with Gwen as well as her own as the tale progressed. There was an immense satisfaction watching Gwen as she went from odd-man-out to having some friends and a sense of pride in herself that was lacking in the beginning.
There is a lot of time spent in this book with Gwen thinking things through, it gives us a good insight into why things happen and how as well as a first person perspective on what kind of person Gwen is. This young woman is another somewhat strong willed female character but she also has a softer vulnerable side that carries over into her ability to want to help others even when she does not really like them. Of course she also makes a bit of money by using her gift to find "lost" objects for her fellow students so her wanting to help is not always done without a price, when it really counts though she comes through and proves her heart is in the right place.
I felt that by the time the last page had turned that not only did Jennifer Estep once again prove why she is an auto-buy author for myself and other fans of her adult series but that when the next book Kiss of Frost releases at the end of November 2011 I am not the only person who has pre-ordered a copy to read!
[I have to say thank you to Melissa at Were Vamps Romance whose giveaway allowed me to have a chance to read this book and also thank you to the author Jennifer Estep who contributed to the giveaway and sent me a brand new autographed to me copy. This in no way altered my opinion of this highly anticipated book, my review are my honest thoughts and in no way swayed by the fact the book was a free copy.]
As with book 1 and 2 had to buy this third book again after losing the first part of the series back in the September wildfires. I am still kicking mysAs with book 1 and 2 had to buy this third book again after losing the first part of the series back in the September wildfires. I am still kicking myself for not reading the books back in June when got the series for my birthday, it is a great fantasy with some very fun characters to follow on their journey. In this book the very name tells me that there is going to be some dire changes occurring for Meghan and her friends and it lived up to my expectations as when all is said and done not only does our little halfling come into her own but her sacrifices as she does so will keep the reader crying and at the same time applauding her wise decision no matter the cost to her own happiness!
Book four and the final book of the series is just waiting on my shelf, starting it has been an extreme measure of discipline on my part as did not stay up all night to read it but instead put it aside to read another day. Ash is totally my new YA hero, Puck is good for a laugh but not really long term material for a real everyday relationship. Cannot wait to see how this journey culminates for the players in the author's wonderful fantasy read!...more
2nd book picks up right where the novella leaves off, the action is intense, the development of Meghan's relationships with Puck and Ash are growing c2nd book picks up right where the novella leaves off, the action is intense, the development of Meghan's relationships with Puck and Ash are growing clearer and most of all the reason why she is feared by the Fae for her part in the coming conflicts. I loved this story as much as the first book, eagerly opened it up and sped through the pages quickly and jumped right on in to book 3. Cannot wait to see where that leads us as Meghan's story continues!...more
Debut novels no matter the genre usually confuse me with the world building and character development that the author has to incorporate at the beginnDebut novels no matter the genre usually confuse me with the world building and character development that the author has to incorporate at the beginning of a new series. Luckily this was not one of those books. While I agree that there are a lot of details to keep straight within the story the main adventure never bogs the reader down. Meghan's story is a fantastic fantasy tale, full of Fae lore that we all know and love, full of surprise twists that add to its appeal, romance, intrigue, characters that are outlandish but yet enjoyable to learn about and most of all it is a fight between good and evil that leads the reader to make choices right alongside Meghan. A book that was lost to me thanks to the wildfires in September with the other two that were given to me as a gift for my last birthday in June. Now having bought the first three of the series my present to myself for Christmas this year, am reading one by one and totally hate the fact I waited so long to do so!...more