A month or so ago I discovered a new YA series that I really enjoyed. It was unique and had strong characters and a compelling storyline. The plus was even if you were like me, and knew little to none about mythology Estep helped guide you through it all.
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 . . Summary Courtesy of Chapters/Indigos Online
I have to say, even after reading this books and the ones that followed I feel the summary is rather weak. If it weren’t for Goodreads I probably wouldn’t have picked this up. I’m thankful I did as I have really enjoyed this series. That’s the good thing about those sites along with Chapters, Amazon & Borders it allows you to get a better feeling for the book and at least with Goodreads spoilers are hidden (or so far I have never been spoilered) so you don’t get ruined by plot twists. If you’ve never used Goodreads before I recommend heading over, it helps with finding books that are similar to ones you’ve read and if the summary leaves you undecided the reviews and ratings should help.
As I mentioned above, what was so fantastic was that despite not really knowing anything about mythology Estep guided you through. Also, it was helpful that Gwen was new to this world as well. The little bit of information that Gwen had, you the reader did as well. There weren’t pages and pages filled with explaining the mythology and leaving you feeling confused or trying to draw a map to connect the history. As she uncovered more information you started to get a grasp on the ‘verse that Estep was creating and using. I love when authors can take a subject some readers may know little to nothing about and educate them without bogging them down.
Gwen is a strong character. She may not be the best fighter, or excel in this school but her character is strong; she’s willing to fight and stand up for what she deems is right. Often she fails but her tenacity is delightful and I love her curious nature. Gwen is flawed and imperfect; at times she makes a snap judgement that she later regrets and because of how closed off she is we get to see how that hinders her. The plus, is that she doesn’t stay this way, she doesn’t become this force to be reckoned with in book one, but as the series progresses you get growth. You see how she over comes hurdles and allows those around her to become closer; relationships are formed and bonds are made.
The secondary characters are fascinating and loveable as well. In fact even the baddies in this series are endearing. They are unique and well thought out.
Estep’s plot moves at a good pace and even when you think you know what is gonna happen I often found she went a different direction leaving you to wonder what was around the next bend. I don’t think I ever found myself bored with this series, in fact I am not so patiently waiting for the next book in this series. It just keeps getting better.
If you are looking for a new series this could be one you’d enjoy.