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First Frost (Mythos Academy 0.5)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  3,990 ratings  ·  283 reviews
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...more
Kindle Edition, 30 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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So many screwups in so few pages.

ALERT: I'm in a ranting mode, and so I'm going to rant. A lot.

My mom sounded tired, so I decided not to bother her tonight.
“Love you, too,” I said, and hung up.
I didn’t know then that this would be the last time I ever talked to her.

And that is the first major mistake: hindsights. Too many of them (read: more than zero).
Hindsights are not allowed.

And here we go with the second huge mistake:
I’d already swapped my gym clothes for my usual sneakers and jeans. I’d al
My dear god, I should have known this would end up as a rant. Even though First Frost is barely an hour's read, it left me sputtering and muttering for three times as long. My fingers are sore of making annotations on my Kindle. Behold, my opinion of this little piece of work.

Ms Estep is writing in dangerous territory. Writing about a school for special kids with magical powers is tricky business; it automatically reminds of other successful YA-series that follow this formula. Series like Harry...more
I want to warn you that this a very long, very ranty review which I wrote in a very reactive way to what I was reading, complete with me losing my train of thought and grammatical and punctuation errors. If you actually read the whole thing, I’ll be shocked. If you do read the whole review and you get mad at me for my opinions, I won’t be shocked any more. I’ll just shrug and say, “Well, I sure do hope you enjoyed this short story more than I did” and quietly stop paying attention.

What. The. Fuc...more
Dear Ms. Estep,
You cannot write prologue and call it a short story. No, you really can't.

First Frost is, I'm assuming, the set-up to the first book in Jennifer Estep's YA series, Mythos Academy. I have mixed feelings towards Estep's work, but I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Not when it comes to this 'story', however. The only good thing about First Frost is that it helps me up my book count, which is desperately lagging.

This is mostly backstory for the first book. There is no...more
Veronica Morfi
Another amazing prequel. I can't wait to start reading Touch of Frost.

Ok, this is the story of Gwen before she enrolled in Mythos Academy. Gwen is a gypsy, though she doesn't know why, which is kind of weird but anyways...she is a gypsy with a gift to see memories and feelings that are attached to an object or even a person. One day she finds out a terrible secret by touching the hairbrush of another girl and her story begins. After a few weeks she is told that, by fall she will have to leave he...more
Ok, I can see straight away that this short story and I are going to have some problems getting along.

First of all, "I was a gypsy with psychometry magic" does not make any sense to me at all. Gypsy is considered a derogatory term to describe the Romani people. So when Gwen says she does not know why she was even considered a Gyspy in the first place I am as puzzled as she is.

Next we harp on about Gypsy Magic and Psychometry Magic several times lest we should forget that Gwen is a very speshul p...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
First Frost is a short novella that introduces readers and followers of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, to her new series called Mythos Academy and her main character Gwen Frost. Touch of Frost is the first book of the series which releases on July 26, 2011.

Gwen is a gypsy, like her mother, and grandmother, who has psychometry abilities. She sees images in her head and gets flashes of other people’s memories and feelings off almost everything she touches. Gwen even uses her “gift” to...more
2.5 stars.

OK. I get it. Psychometry. Violet Eyes. Yup. Gwen's a gypsy.

This short story suffers from repetitive writing. Usually short stories are released to excite readers and make them want to shell out their hard earned money for the series. I don't think this short story would make me want to read more.

Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Gwen Frost has a gypsy gift, the gift of psychometry. Basically, she gets flashes of other people’s memories from touching things. Her gift has made her incredibly nosy and when she discovers something entirely unpleasant about her fellow classmate, it forces her into a mental breakdown leading to her changing school. Mythos Academy is for people with gifts, to help them control their gifts and learn fighting techniques to defend...more
Jan 19, 2012 Mara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Vinaya said:
Dear Ms. Estep,
You cannot write a prologue and call it a short story. No, you really can't.
That should tell you everything about this "short story". I love Ms. Estep's Elemental Assassin series, so I decided to give her new YA books a chance. Ms. Estep can write. It's just that her world-building here leaves a lot to be desired.

I had several gripes with this story (which read like a prologue for Touch of Frost that was cut out after someone (maybe her editor?) insisted the book sho...more
A decent enough introduction to yet another young adult novel series about Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters... excuse me, Mythos Academy. I still like the idea, but nothing in the writing seized me enough for me to want to continue reading. Instead, I'm going to stop here and thank my lucky stars I got this when it was free on Amazon and move on to something else. That way I won't be disappointed when the crush at first sight turns into instant love and and the grumpy librarian wo...more
This is a novella, a prequel to the Mythos Academy series.

We meet Gwen Frost, a Gypsy with a gift of psychometry. She is doing what she can to live a normal life, but she is using her gift to earn some extra cash. After all finding lost keys and phones is ridiculously easy for her. But then she touches Paige's brush. And she is suddenly in a middle of a nightmare.

The purpose of the story is to meet Gwen, to realize what is it that led to her going to Mythos. We don't see much of the Academy.

I have to say that this short introduction to Mythos Academy has gripped me. Packed with information that saddened and worried me, that has me curious and wanting more, it is a sure read to start off the series I've been wanting to read for ages.

Gwen has 'Gypsey' powers, psychometry, where she can find or see things through the vibrations others leave. This 'gift' comes from her grandmother and her mother but in different forms.

A tragedy occurs and Gwen finds herself enrolled into Mythos Academy...more
"You're a wizard, Harry!" I mean, you're a gypsy, Gwen. Gypsies are magical now? Best kept secret, I think. Nevertheless, I am going to give the series another shot and read book 1 b/c of the recs I've received. This was, after all, only 20 pgs or so. But, in that short span there were some major points Estep wanted us to take away: (1) Gwen and the females in her family are violet-eyed magical gypsies {Not sure, are those two synonymous now?}; (2) she's being herded off to Hogwarts Mythos; and...more
A good starter book. I'm intrigued and looking forward to starting the series now. Hopefully, the series is as good as it sounds.
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
I quite liked this prequel. I've had Touch of Frost on my bookshelf for so long but I figured I could start with the prequel and I'm not at all disappointed. Not the best, but very likable. I felt sad for Gwen when (view spoiler). I hadn't seen it coming. Also with this prequel I kind of forgot that this series is about the Mythos Academy. Yeah, I read the description a lot. Anyway, I can't wait to read the actual book now and to know more about Logan Quinn. ;)
Nancy Brady
This is the backstory of Gwen Frost, a Gypsy with psychometric powers. Set prior to her enrollment in Mythos Academy, Gwen is first seen as experiencing an intense vision of a friend which sets off a chain of reactions bringing her to her new school.
It does have some Harry Potter overtones. It isn't truly necessary to read the prequel, but it explains more of what happened to Gwen and how she ends up going to Mythos Academy.
Sep 11, 2014 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series

This was a nice read that I recommend for fans of the series curious to know a bit more of how Gwen was prior to Mythos Academy.

It’s the beginning of the adventure and so forth and of course Gwen was a different person back then. After all, much happened after that.

She seemed a bit lighter, but otherwise she was pretty much the same feisty smartass person we came to love.

This was a very good read overall, but I wound up knocking a star off because I felt that it was too much like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. It does deviate from that formula slightly, and has a mystery brewing already, but I couldn't ignore the similarities between the two series, much as I wanted to. However, what I enjoyed about Mythos was that it was set in Ashland, a nod to the Gin Blanco series, and at one point in the story, the heroine wears a Karma Girl tee shirt, which is a nod...more
I read this prequel novella in little over half an hour. Although the story doesn't strike me as particularly unique, I'll probably pick up the first book and take a look.
This book basically exemplified how much Gwen's life sucked and while it made me feel sorry for her, I was also really excited for her to go to Mythos Academy. And Logan. <3
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Great introduction to the YA Mythos Academy series. Reads like "The Mortal Instruments" and "The Infernal Devices" series, but with Amazonians, Spartans, Valkyries, Bogatyrs, Ninjas, Reapers (whatever those are), and Gypsies, and their own brand of magic and powers. If Cassandra Clarke's world was based on extrabiblical characters, Michael Scott's on mythological characters from all over the world, and Kami Garcia's/Margaret Stohl's on witches and wizards, then Jennifer Estep's world is based on...more
Okay read for the first novella.
Rating 3.5/5 stars

Initially I won the latest book (#5 Killer Frost) of this series but could not claim it as I didn't realise it was a US only giveaway. It's ok I made peace with this fact but this series did catch my attention. I got this book for a good deal on Kalahari when I was browsing books to buy, as my voucher could only be claimed on ebook purchases.

I am never really sure if reading the prequel before the first book is a good or a bad thing, as sometimes it can intrigue you and other...more
Jul 19, 2011 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older young adults
I first became acquainted with the writing of Jennifer Estep through her Elemental Assassin series. I just love the way she writes. However, I must say, that I am a little dissapointed so far with what I have read of the Mythos Academy.

The story begins when the main character, Gwen Frost realizes that a girl she knows, Paige is keeping a secret. She admits she is nosey and this is no exception, she wants to know just what this secret is. She picks up the Paige's hairbrush and that is when Gwen s...more
OceMei Belikova♥

This is a short prequel to the Mythos Academy series. It will help readers to get a better understanding before reading the first book, Touch of Frost. Gwen Frost is a Gypsy who has the gift of psychometry. She is neither a freak nor a normal teenager. FYI, Her mother and grandmother have the same gift as well, but more powerful. Her grandma get visions and her mother knows whenever someone tell lies. Ad she use her gift to help the police. However, Gwen e...more
This was the first book I read on my Kindle last weekend. I loved how fast it read. Gwen Frost reminds me a lot of Gin from the Elemental Assassins series. It seemed like it might be same world just featuring someone else, but I could be wrong. I really wanted to read this over the summer when it was published, but better late than never and now I think the second book in the Mythos Academy Series will be out soon so it is almost better, I won't have enough time to forget details before starting...more
When I checked the First Frost ebook out, I didn't realize it was just a mini-prequel to the full Mythos Academy series. So the real test is whether the writing and story are compelling enough to make me jump into the story in earnest. My overall reaction is a shrug and a "meh".

Gwen Frost is gifted with psychometry, the ability pick up on people's memories and experiences by touching objects they have touched. It's referred to as a "Gypsy gift", but I was unclear on whether this meant she was s...more
My Rating: 4.0 / 5

What I thought about it:
What I love about prequel novellas like First Frost is the fact that they're giving you a glimpse into a new world, which helps you to decide whether this series might be something for you. But I don't like not being able to pick up the first book of a series immediately afterward, when I really enjoyed that novella - and that's exactly the case with First Frost.

We meet Gwen Frost and her extraordinary "Gypsy gift". I loved being explained so much about...more
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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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