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Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  20,868 ratings  ·  1,646 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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Ellie Not at all. Though the mythology is how the characters are defined, there isn't as much emphasis on it as the Percy Jackson series; also, there are…moreNot at all. Though the mythology is how the characters are defined, there isn't as much emphasis on it as the Percy Jackson series; also, there are hardly any interactions from the mythical gods (for the first book, at least), and the heroine doesn't leave the school to go on quests.
Instead, she tries to reason out how and why a murder on campus happened, and therefore, I viewed this book as more of a mystery type, coincidentally having some urban fiction elements.

As a side note, I did not view the Percy Jackson series as horrible. However, I do not think this gives you a reason to discredit my answer.(less)
Miranda Robertson Later on in the story, the author explains the 'gypsy' term. It really doesn't have much to do with her 'Romani heritage' at all. Gypsy has a…moreLater on in the story, the author explains the 'gypsy' term. It really doesn't have much to do with her 'Romani heritage' at all. Gypsy has a different meaning in the book than in real life. (less)
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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
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
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 (
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)
"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

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 (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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 wh ...more
Jul 29, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
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
Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
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
Marg K.
Dec 11, 2011 Marg K. marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Did Not Finish

Given the concept that Mythos Academy is a training place for young descendants of mythical warriors, I was hoping that Touch of Frost would reinvent & rejuvenate the very tired boarding/private school cliche. Sadly, it didn't. As in many other YA books of its kind, the students at Mythos Academy are all ridiculously good-looking, popular, powerful, rich, and stuck up. All except for the heroine, of course. Unsurprisingly, she's the supposedly plain-looking (but not so plain-lo
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
* 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
Merve  Özcan

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
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
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
bin gespannt wie es weiter geht
I really, really wanted to like this book. It had elements of everything I love--a seemingly kick-ass female protagonist, a little bit of mystery, some romance, and lots of action.

Or so it appeared at first. Gwen, while not quite TSTL, is still not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. She tends to wander around, doing whatever comes to mind, seemingly astonished when she runs into unexpected locked doors. At one point, Gwen attempts to explore a murdered classmate's room, o
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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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
I should'nt have visited her site and read the sample chaphters online cause now i can't wait for it!! It's so much easier to wait for a book if you don't ... you know ... know your waiting for a book. it would have been awesome to learn about this several MONTHS from now beacuse then i'd just have to go to the store. Sucks to be active

edit: i loved the book it was a little slow in the begining and i hate/love Logan but it was very captivating. the crinimal was obvious halfway through it but it
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I have to admit that nowadays the Paranormal YA genre has been a lot of hit and miss for me. I haven’t been quite as drawn to the genre as I used to be and I tend to only read books that are the newest installment in series I already love, from authors I already like or very well recommended by my favorite bloggers.

I am a fan of Jennifer Estep’s UF series and was thoroughly intrigued by this new series of hers when I s
Zemira Warner

Could this book be any more dumber? I don't think so.

This book(I forgot the name of the title*looks up*)-Touch of Frost should be called Touch of Harry freaking Potter. And it's not a light touch,more like a I'll-push-you-down-the-stairs-J-K-Rowling-while-stealing-your-ideas kind of touch.

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I won't explain what this book is about(you have a blurb for that) but I will tell you all the crap that annoyed the shit out of me. LOL this sentence. I can't even...

1. We have Hagrid in a
This book was okay, I'm a big fan of Greek mythology and that was what originally pulled me to read this book. Reading the summary though I would have assumed there was more action and romance. Considering it was a Kensington book I thought the romances that were in it would be a little more prevalent and in your face. I think the second one will have the romance as Logan and Gwen will find themselves spending a lot of time together because of their warrior training. One of the things I really d ...more
Anne Nikoline
As you might be able to tell from the few hours it took me to read this book, I must have liked it which I did and which is also way I give the book two stars.

Here goes my explanation:
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep is in many ways a typical young adult book. It actually reminded me a lot of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins only with Greek mythology instead of witchcraft, however, despite the many parallels between these two different series, Touch of Frost does have some things that makes it sound
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.

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“Logan Quinn was the kind of guy who could stab me in the eye with a freaking Twizzler.” 121 likes
“Did she just call me a bleeding toothpick? Kill her! Kill her now!” 97 likes
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