Title: First Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication: July 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Received: Bought on Kindle
Rating: 3 out of 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. . .
Immediately I wasn’t taken by this prequel to Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy Series. Gwen Frost knows she’s a gypsy from the start. She goes to a regular school where she is around regular kids. She usually uses her gifts to help them find things. One day she touches a hairbrush and sees one of the other students, Paige, being molested by her Dad.
What I liked most about this was Gwen being herself. She’s got a strong spirit and conviction about herself. She likes what she does and doesn’t have any problem with having a gift. It’s also nice to see a book where the girl already knows what she can do and is not therefore discovering it.
It’s a very short, quick read and so there isn’t a lot that happens. Gwen Frost learns about Mythos Academy, which reminds me a lot of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Young Ones from the X-Men series (and forgive me for being a comic book geek) Gwen’s mom also intervenes, having her own abilities.
There’s some light tragedy towards the end, but not enough that makes me say this is the next series I’m going to fall into a mourn for after I’m finished reading. It’s not a book I’m going to read a second time and it pales in comparison to other reads.
All in all, I’d recommend it if you like the prep school, supernatural thing.