Review: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, Book 1) by Jennifer Estep

Reviewed by First Mate Keira 

Title: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, Book 1)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Format: Digital ebook
Page Count: 336 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+

Summary: Mythos Academy is a boarding school for children of myths and legends. Gwen is a total outcast because she’s a Gypsy and has no special fighting abilities and in point of fact doesn’t really believe anybody is related to the gods. But Gwen has a gift which only Mythos can teach her about – she can wield psychometry, which allows her to see a person’s memories, feelings or thoughts when she touches objects – and so to Mythos she goes. Surviving high school has taken on a whole new meaning.

Why I started this book:

I saw how many people were reading it and were loving it so I had to get a copy and see for myself!

Likes:

  • Hot Spartans, especially deadly Logan Quinn. It’s cute that he calls her Gypsy Girl (mostly to grab her attention/get under her skin.)
  • The girl sleuthing going on trying to figure out who killed Jasmine Ashton at the Library of Antiquities and stole the Bowl of Tears.
  • Gwen and Daphne Cruz’s change from enemies/acquaintances to friends.
  • Gwen becoming the champion of Nike.

Dislikes:

  • Gwen Frost lands a spot at Mythos Academy when she helps stop a girl from her old school getting raped by her stepdad. Was this really necessary? I get the girl power side of the equation but still it’s a little overkill. Why couldn’t Gwen’s mother’s tragic car accident be the only reason she was going and leave the fact that she never went before to family politics between the dead mother and living grandmother?

Last Minute Thoughts: Ready for book two please!

Buy: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy)

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

by Susan the Surgeon, guest reviewer

Title: Infinity (Chronicles of Nick: Book One)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 464 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+

Summary: Nicholas Ambrosius Gautier (Nick) is a 14 yr. old high schooler who doesn’t quite fit in with the others. Other boys ridicule him. So he fights back. He tries to do the right thing. Yet despite his good intentions, things go wrong. Nick’s life is about to take an unexpectedly sharp U-turn. His new employer, Kyrian, is really a vampire slayer. His friends are were-hunters, and zombies are taking over New Orleans. Can Nick unlock his hidden powers before the zombies eat everyone’s brains? New Orleans sure hopes so!

Why I Started This Book:

Nick is a character in Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series (Ages 18+). The Chronicles of Nick young-adult books tell his story. And I wanted to read about his past.

Likes:

  • I love Nick’s spellbook; it’s got some serious attitude!
  • The character Simi is so funny. She’s a demon that never leaves home without it. Bar-b-que sauce, that is. Goes great with zombies!
  • Nicholas is 100% pure sarcasm. Like it!
  • I thought the ending was kinda funny.

Dislikes:

  • The main character’s negative self-talk is a tad much. He’s very pessimistic.

Last Minute Thoughts: Because this book has a lot of violence, fighting sequences, and centers around a boy’s thoughts about girls, school, etc. I consider it a boy read. Not sure girls want to read about brain eating zombies. Or do they? For boys and girls who do, book 2 titled Invincible has already been released.

Recommendations: Young-adult books are generally for 13-18 yr. old readers, but I find some content is inappropriate for the 13/14 year olds.

Buy: Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

Book Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 336 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 10 and up

Summary: Clary Fray is about to find out that seeing things others cannot is not a good sign of things to come. Hanging out at the Pandemonium Club in New York City with her friend, Clary witnesses a murder of a teenage boy at the hands of three teenagers identifiable by their weird tattoos and weapons. And then the body disappears. What is going on!?! Apparently the boy who was killed is a demon in disguise and the murderers were demon slayers. Buy how can Clary, a mundane, witness what just happened when nobody else could?

Why I started this book:

This series first came to my attention by Cook Cutlery who heard the book series was good by a friend of hers. The two of them shared a great liking for the Maximum Ride Series and the girl said it reminded her of The Hunger Games.

Why I quit this book:

Short and simple – the story dragged, couldn’t retain interest, creepy cockroach/spider demon. No thanks.

Clary (whose name by the way just screams “I’m really the author in thinly veiled disguise here”) is dumb as rocks. Going back to her apartment after her mother is kidnapped? How crazy stupid can you get? I can’t stand TSTL (too stupid to live) heroines. You know the ones, they run into their home when the front door’s been broken instead of calling the police or more backup than a teenage kid even though they bad stuff is happening. Oh wait – that’s exactly what Clary did!

After quitting the book I read some things on the web that indicated she plagiarized from multiple sources (not sure I buy that, what I did read seemed pretty unique) and from her own Harry Potter fanfic titled Draco’s Trilogy in this story (which I can believe, but who cares? It’s like the Fifty Shades Trilogy based on the author’s Twilight fanfiction Master of the Universe). I never got to those parts anyway.

Rating: DNF

Buy: Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instrument Series (Mortal Instruments)

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