My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .
I have been hearing for months and months from a couple bloggers about how great this series is, so I knew I wanted to read it. This first book starts off great, I was hooked from the start! I loved how Gwen went to an Academy for teens who have some sort of magical power. I know this sounds like many books out there, including the ever famous Harry Potter, but this one really does a great job of standing out. Instead of each teen being a witch or just one form of old magic, each teen is different. Some are Spartans, Romans, Amazons, Valkyries and one lone Gypsy.
Instantly it is clear that Gwen does not fit in with the rest of the people because of her magic being “weaker”. She does not have superhuman strength like the comic book characters she reads about, she does not have magic that comes from her fingertips, and she does not know how to work a weapon like the warriors at school. So when a student dies at school it is up to Gwen to use her unusual gift of touching objects to get impressions and pictures off of them, that make her the best person to investigate the killing. After all her mother was a cop before she died tragically by a drunk driver, something Gwen will not forgive herself for any time soon.
This story perfectly brings together a misfit girl, magic, and mythology of not one culture but multiple cultures. I loved learning about all of the mythology of all the different gods and goddess because it is something that has always been interesting to me. On top of that I really did love Gwen’s character and all of the supporting characters, especially the hard, cold, yet steamy Logan, who just happens to be a Spartan. Along with the mythology and characters there are great references to comic books and to pop culture, which is something you don’t see in a lot of books. So I enjoyed Gwen’s slightly sassy/sarcastic attitude about the world, she reminds me a lot of myself.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, characters, mythology, and sarcastic nature of the majority of the storyline. The only thing I did not enjoy about this book was the fact that the author repeated a couple of facts over and over again throughout the story. Sometimes I would be so engrossed in the story only to find myself pulling back a little and glossing over because I was once again reading about Gwen’s power, how her mother died, or what happened when she touched the hairbrush of her friend at her old school. These three little facts kept coming up over and over and I wish the author trusted the reader enough to know that we could remember these key facts. Other than the repetitive nature of this novel at times I really enjoyed the entire story and can not wait to read the second book, Kiss of Frost. This novel gets 4.5 hearts from me for a great story.