Friday, January 25, 2013

REVIEW: "FIRST FROST" (Mythos Academy, #0.5) - by Jennifer Estep

Title: “First Frost
Series: (Mythos Academy, #0.5)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Books4Tomorrow
Source: Purchased
My star rating: 3/5


I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift.  It's called psychometry - that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys. 

My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy--to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school - Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos.  Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids.  The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same…


Here’s another series which has received a lot of hype, so I decided to start with this novella as an introduction to the series to see if I might enjoy it…aaaaand, it’s a yes and no. Let me start with the “yes”. One of the reasons I would read it is because I have a fondness for stories with a boarding school / academy setting. Another reason would be because the series sounds as though it might contain elements or characters from Greek mythology – which I can never get enough of anyway. Those would be my two reasons for wanting to read the Mythos Academy series.

My “no” – why I wouldn’t delve into the series this minute - is because for some reason, the author’s writing is a little too simplistic. I finished Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian (Lux, #1) only yesterday, and I’m still on such a high from that fantastic book, Jennifer Estep’s writing pales in comparison. It’s just not drawing me into the story, and although this is a novella and only so much can be done in so many pages, I have read novellas where I’ve felt an instant connection with the main character(s) in less than twenty pages. Also, I don’t see what the title “First Frost” has to do with anything in this novella. I’m sure though it would make sense once I read the rest of the books in the Mythos Academy series. I really do want to read it as per my “yes” reasons above, but I’m hoping the entire series won’t read like it’s written for ten-year olds.


First Frost by Jennifer Estep has 181 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



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