Thursday, July 14, 2011

Short Story Review - First Frost (Prequel to Mythos Academy series) by Jennifer Estep (4/5 stars

First FrostReading level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 222 KB
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: July 1, 2011
ASIN:  B00564ON7G
Stand Alone or Series: Prequel to Mythos Academy series
Source: Bought for Kindle
Rating: 4/5 stars

I have read all of Estep's Elemental Assassin series and was excited to hear she was starting the young adult Mythos Academy series.  The first full length book in this series is, Touch of Frost, and will be released July 26th.  This short story was a good intro to the series and really set things up nicely.

Gwen Frost is a girl with Gypsy magic that goes to a normal high school.  When her Gypsy magic inadvertently causes catastrophe to strike her life she finds herself at Mythos Academy; a magical place where people with similar powers attend school.

I should state right away that this is the story of how Gwen ended up going to Mythos Academy.  So, basically this whole story is just set up.  That being said I enjoyed the set up, I liked Gwen as a character, and I was intrigued by the brief glimpse I did get of Mythos Academy.

You don't see a lot of Mythos Academy and that was kind of disappointing.  What I did see of it I liked.  It sounds very Harry Potterish or kind of like Camp Half Blood (from Percy and the Olympians) but with a more teen bent to it.

Overall I enjoyed the story.  I liked Gwen as a character and liked learning how she got to Mythos academy.  I am eager to see more of Mythos Academy and can't wait to read Touch of Frost when it is released.  If you are a Jennifer Estep fan and like young adult novels definitely check this out; it is a good intro to the series.

First Frost 

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