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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Literary Tasty Treat Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)
by Jennifer Estep
K Teen Books (Kensington Publishing)
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6692-7
Suggested Ages: 13+ (mild sexuality & violence)
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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. . .

The Good Stuff
  • As usual Jennifer writes a fantastic story that has you hooked from the very first paragraph and doesn't let you go until the very last sentence
  • Tons of Estep's trademark quirky humour laced with fun pop culture references (Bonus points for mentions of Buffy, Xena and Karma Girl)
  • Intriguing storyline with plenty of twists and turns
  • Love Gwen and her Grandmother - Estep always writes kick ass heroines
  • Logan is hot - he's up there with Finn in my bad boy book boyfriends
  • Yummy sounding food - had to make the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll she mentions, drooled every-time she mentioned it
  • Great dialogue with tons of witty and snarky comments
  • SPOILER - Love the developing relationship between Gwen and Daphne
  • Dying to read the next book in the series coming out at the end of November
  • Need to get a job at the Library - what a creative and funky sounding library (but the Librarian is a jerk -- how about a hip fun Librarian named maybe either Rayment or Porter who has some kick ass skills & snappy comebacks)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I totally took off points for the character of Nickamedes the Librarian since he is an uptight jerk Librarian (and we know how I feel about negative librarian references LOL)
  • Some repetitive mentions of plot points - Estep is definitely doing less of this, but I do still notice (I think its because I am sensitive to this - I get the point don't knock me over the head with it)  This actually might be helpful to more reluctant readers - just a heads up
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"So far, Professor Metis had been pretty vague about what exactly the chaos was, and I hadn't exactly been paying rapt attention to all the mumbo-jumbo magic stuff.  But I was guessing it involved death, destruction and blah, blah, blah. I'd much rather read the comic books that I had stashed in the bottom of my messenger bag.  At least they had some basis in reality. Genetic mutations could totally happen."

"At least, that's what Nickamedes, the head librarian, claimed.  I just thought he liked the free slave labor and bossing me around."

"I wouldn't say hate, exactly. You're kind of like fungus, Gwen.  After a while, you just start growing on people."
"So I'm mold. Wonderful. So why don't you just scrub me off and go sit with your Valkyrie friends like usual?"

4.5 Dewey's (Only cuz I'm picky about stereotypical Library characters)

I borrowed this from Natasha, since I haven't yet recieved the copy that I pre-ordered (must get off my ass and rectify that)

Jennifer's books always make me hungry, usually for something Pumpkin related - so in honor I have made a Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll - hopefully yours tastes as good as  Grandma's

Grandma's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll (From Grandma's Desserts)


3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Using a jelly roll pan, line with parchment paper. Get a clean kitchen towel and sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar.Beat eggs and sugar in large mixer until thick. Add flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Continue mixing until all ingredients are combined. Pour evenly into pan. It will be very thin.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, use a toothpick to make sure it is done.

Turn cake onto powdered sugar towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel, starting with the narrow end. Cool on wire rack. For best results, cool for at least 3 hours.

Beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.Carefully unroll the cake and remove the towel. Take spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture and place them on the cake.It makes it easier to spread, and doesn't tear the cake. Spread evenly across the cake, making sure to get to the edge. Roll cake back up the way it was originally rolled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Place in fridge for at least one hour.

Ingredients (Sugar is missing in picture )
My icing didn't set properly, but still tasted divine


  1. The book looks good but that pumkin rold looks delish. I've never tried to make one.

  2. Stacy you have to read Jennifer's books, they are always fun and her female characters are strong and the boys are always yummy (and mostly not cougarish age)