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Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  24,290 Ratings  ·  1,817 Reviews

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 Libra

ebook, 373 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Kensington
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Bitch," she said. "That was my favorite dagger."
She had a favorite dagger? Seriously? And she thought that I was a freak.

3.5 stars. Welcome to Mythos Academy ... Warrior Academy. Oh sure, there are all kinds of mythical races present, but let's get real here : all I could see was a story about who could kick ass the most.

This is like House of Night without the raging diarrhea. Meaning : this book still has the fun adventures, but you're les
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I freakin' HATED this book

I can summarize why I loathed this book with just a few quotes:

"Yucko" (repeated 6 times)

"My Gypsy gift" (repeated 45 times- yes I searched for this on my kindle)

And for the sentiment attached to quotes like this one (view spoiler)
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

Gwen Frost is being forced to attend Mythos Academy, an elite school set apart to train kids who just so happen to be descendants of various mythical warriors. Of course, Gwen doesn’t believe in any of the supernatural skills her classmates supposedly possess. The only type of magic she actually accepts is her own and that of her own family. When the school’s most popular girl, the icy Valkyrie princess Jasmine, is murdered right in the li
Aug 09, 2011 Sabrina rated it did not like it
Everything that I've already said for the prequel still stands.
And in this one we get a shitload of pumpkins, too.
Seriously, I don't understand the pumpkins.
I don't understand the fixation with the designer clothes, either. In every paragraph we are reminded that everyone in that school wears designer clothes. And that there are pumpkins.
From now on, I'm going to cram pumpkins everywhere just to prove how annoying they are.

Well, I suppose now it's time to say something review-like.
Our heroine (
"Yucko"". That is the heroine's favorite word. And it fits, a bit. However, if I were to blurb the paranormal sleutheress boarding-school romance ""Touch of Frost"" I would say ""Likable, but in the direct vicinity of 'meh'"".

I feel a little bit like venting, but I am in bed with a cold. So, please excuse me for amassing random thoughts here instead of a structured review:

- English is not my mother tongue. Therefore I am always happy to pick up additional tidbits that help me to understand and
May 14, 2015 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, rant-ahead

DNF at 41%

This just isn't doing it for me. Maybe it's because I'm fighting off the sickness and have no time for nonsense, or maybe I just need to stop making excuses for this.

I've never been a fan of slut shaming. I'm especially not a fan of slut shaming when it's sexist and one-sided. To Gwen, chicks who sleep around are sluts and whores. Logan, however, who has been in every girl in school's bed, is sexy, mysterious, and dark when he does it. She even goes so far as to say she understands why
Khanh (the Grinch)
Ugh, what's with the slut shaming? So one girl at her school is beautiful, popular, and sleeps around. That's not exactly admirable behavior, but to bring it to the front and judge her and secretly slut shame her and have other characters talk about it behind her back is not cool. Jasmine's not the only character that Gwen names as a slut either, Logan Quinn supposedly sleeps around. Again, typical teenager behavior, and bringing it up constantly doesn't make for an entirely likable character ...more
Jul 29, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire Academy Fans! Except instead of Vampires it's a school for Mythical Warriors
Shelves: jennifer-estep
"Come inside and all will be revealed"

Originally what caught my interest was that this book reminded me of Vampire Academy except mythical creatures instead of vampires. I was not disappointed. From the first page this author caught my attention and I was eager to learn more about Gwen, Mythos Academy, Daphne, and Spartan-Licious "Logan freaking Quinn"

Meet Gwen Frost, she's a gypsy, an outcast, a nerd and a comic book fanatic. She's one of my new favorite protagonist! She's also witty, ch
1.5 stars. This book is one of those "Oh I'm the poor, humble girl who has to go to a school filled with spoiled rich kids" books. We're all supposed to be guilt trapped into feeling bad for the poor heroine, but sadly I found myself being annoyed by both the main character and the story.

The author, Jennifer Estep tried very hard to make her heroine and her story humorous, but both come off very forced and awkward. Not to mention the 'heroine' also loves to label people with stereotypes such as
Jan 19, 2016 Yasmin-Stella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich liebe es... Brauche dringend Band zwei :)
Kim Lovee
Jan 03, 2016 Kim Lovee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mein erstes Buch 2016 hat mir sehr gut gefallen! Zum Glück habe ich Band 2 und 3 schon in meinem Regal stehen, sodass ich bald weiter lesen kann.
Jan 02, 2015 Toby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ziemlich geniale Geschichte, die mir gezeigt hat, dass es doch möglich ist, die verschiedensten Fantasywesen in einem Buch unterzubringen - ohne sie lächerlich zu machen.
Ich bin schon sehr gespannt, wie es in Band 2 weiter gehen wird.

Einziger Kritikpunkt sind die ständigen Wiederholungen der Autorin, die im Lesefluss gestört haben, der Geschichte aber nicht schaden konnten.
Mar 03, 2016 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
es war einfach nur so gut *_*
The book had an interesting premise, even if somewhat sketchy. I liked some of its concepts, but the protagonist completely ruined any chance this book had with me.

------Edit 6/02/2012

I hated this book. In case the 1 star rating wasn't clear enough, I absolutely despised it. I gave it 2 stars at first, because I really hate giving books a 1 star rating. I do give out 1 star ratings when a book deserves it, but I like thinking that (almost) every book has something to offer. But, after sleeping
Mar 18, 2012 Edie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-hit-buttons
Double standards alive and well in modern YA it seems. :(

I am not sure how to grade this one, it is easy to read, a little easy to guess plot points, but a fun and interesting read except for one thing. It hit a MAJOR hot button for me.

At the school there is a girl who is denigrated throughout the book as a slut.. continuously.. now while that would always set off my buttons majorly, what makes it worse is that the love interest is a bloody man-whore. And apart from a couple half jokey remarks
May 27, 2016 Josiemaus85 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schöner Auftakt :)
The Empire of Books
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A really unique world I could get lost in
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Who done it wrapped in a paranormal world
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Logan

SUMMARY (60 words or less)

I love this author’s adult series Spider’s Bite. So it wasn’t a stretch for me to pick this one up. I was just waiting for it to come on audible. When it did, I snagged it up. Talk about page turner. No, there isn’t a whole lot o
Aug 02, 2016 Lea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 Sterne - Mit der Geschichte konnte ich anfangs gar nichts anfangen - Mythen, Kämpfe, Götter? Gar nicht mein Ding! Auch mit der Protagonistin konnte ich mich nicht identifizieren. Dementsprechend hat sich die erste Hälfte des Buches sehr gezogen. Ab etwa der Mitte wurde es interessanter und ich kam besser in die Geschichte rein. Zum Ende hin habe ich das Buch dann endlich verschlungen. An dieser Stelle durfte der halbe Stern noch hinzu. Für mehr als 3,5 hat es aber im Vergleich zu meinen 4 ...more
Katie Michaels
Jul 15, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, urban-fantasy, ya
I don't usually read YA fiction, but I am a big fan of Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin books... and that is what led me to this first installment of her new Mythos Academy series.

The story centers on a teenage Gypsy named Gwen. She has the give of psychometry, which means she gets psychic impressions from the things she touches. Shortly after the death of her mom, Gwen's grandmother enrolled her in the Mythos Academy, a school for teenagers with special gifts. The halls are filled with Valky
Jun 18, 2015 Rozhin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
میخواستم دو بدم چون اولاش فوق العاده ضعیف بود اگه بخاطر اسطوره شناسیش نبود عمرا ادامه میدادم!ولیییییی...اخرا جالب شد!خیلی جالب شد و ترغیب شدم جلد بعد رو بخونم
ایده ش رو در مورد قاطی کردن اسطورها دوست داشتم! برام خیلی جالب بود اونطوری که افسانه ی کی آس رو درست کرده بود..افسانه کی آس میگفت که لوکی خدای شرور تو نورث میتالوجی از قدرت ضیعیفی که داره خسته میشه و تصمیم میگیره قدرتش رو افزایش بده و بر بقیه خداها و انسان ها حکومت کنه..حامیانی پیدا میکنه که بهشون میگن ریپرز..بقیه خداها جرات ندارن هیچ اعترا
Oct 14, 2016 Djezelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Отзыв в моем блоге:

Дженнифер Эстеп "Прикосновение Холода" (Мифическая Академия 1/6)

5,5 из 10

Экранизация: нет
Жанр: YA, фэнтези, городское фэнтези
POV: от первого лица
Любовная линия: дуэт (парень-девушка)
Отличительные черты: мешанина мифологии, Боги разных Пантеонов, магическая школа, Избранный и прочие шаблоны
Рекомендовано к прочтению, если вам нравятся: Райчел Мид "Академия вампиров", Рик Риордан "Перси Джексон", Минди Арнетт "Расследование Ночного Кошмара
Jul 15, 2015 Vee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print-ausgabe, ebook
* 2,5 Sterne *

Wo fang ICH, die besondere und einzigartige Vee, denn am besten an mit meiner Review zu diesem Buch an? Eigentlich müsste ich ja jetzt meinen Kapuzenpulli, in der wundervollen Farbe Purpur, aus dem Schrank holen und warten, dass der Himmel die Farbe von purpur-grau annimmt, damit die Dämmerung so richtig zu der Stimmung passt. Oder doch vielleicht einen sexy Rebell mit düsteren Geheimnissen suchen, dessen eisblauen Augen durch die ganze Sporthalle zu leuchten scheinen? Es ist aber
2.5 stars
This is yet another book that I was very enthusiastic about in the beginning, but then my critical thinking kicked in and ruined all the fun. Again. Sometimes I wish I could turn it off, but the more books I read, the more impossible it gets.

I liked the boarding school setting and the mythological aspect of the story, and I really, really tried not to judge our female lead Gwen too harshly, but she made it nearly impossible. Probably because Gwen herself was way too judgmental for my t
Merve Özcan
Jul 14, 2013 Merve Özcan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology

Kısaca kitabın konusu:

Gwen mistik bir akademiye iki ay önce başlamıştır. Annesinin altı ay önceki ölümünü hala atlatamamıştır. Bu okul ona göre değildir. Kızımız eşyalara dokunarak bilgiler, duygular elde eder. Kütüphanede bir sınıf arkadaşının öldürülmesi üzerine bu olayda garip bir şeyler olduğunu sezer. Araştırmaya başlar. Araştırırken Dapnihe ile arkadaş olur başını belaya sokar ve Loren adlı ıspartalı seksi bir başka öğrenci onu kurtarır ve kızımız on
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I've read this ages ago. I never really processed the book, and the only reason I remembered it is because I've donated my old paperbacks to charity recently.

This type of books were a dime a dozen riding into popularity on a trail of stars like Vampire Academy and the like. Touch of Frost was uninspired, filled with cliche's and tropes. It based it's school for superfreaks on Greek Mythology.

The romance was your classic bad boy meets the unpopular girl, while the mean cheerleader and her cronie
Mar 10, 2015 Buddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bin gespannt wie es weiter geht
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
Mar 22, 2016 LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mythology fans looking for a cute summer read
“What did you expect? That he'd send you flowers and write you bad poetry? That dead Nemean prowler is pretty much as close to a stuffed animal as you're ever going to get from a Spartan like Logan Quinn.”

The Gist: An outcast at Mythos Academy, a school for mythological warriors, psychic Gwen Frost hunts for the killer of murdered popular girl Jasmine, but discovers that Jasmine's murder isn't just a "normal" danger of Mythos. Her killer has disappeared with the Bowl of Tears, a mythological
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “…this gypsy girl happens to have a grandma who can curse you so bad that your dick will fall off, so watch your step…”

First off let me say I LOVE Jennifer Estep’s adult Elemental series. So when I heard she was writing a YA series I begged, pleaded, schemed, and had some “not so proud moments” in order to secure an ARC Of A Touch Of Frost. Having just finished this book I can honestly say that I can live with what I di
Aug 21, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: I highly recommend this book. This is a fun beginning to a new series.
What I liked:
*This is a book about a young girl's self discovery. The novel opens with Gwen struggling to adapt to her new life at the Mythos academy. As the book progresses she slowly makes friends and finally discovers the key to her psychometric magic and her purpose in life. Gwen transforms from the geeky loner Gypsy girl to a strong champion who is destined to fight Chaos.
*The concept of the Mythos Academy; a
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righ
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“Logan Quinn was the kind of guy who could stab me in the eye with a freaking Twizzler.” 127 likes
“Did she just call me a bleeding toothpick? Kill her! Kill her now!” 104 likes
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