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Touch of Frost

(Mythos Academy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  30,051 ratings  ·  2,124 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 ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Kensington -Teen
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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)
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 yo
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 (
Nov 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rant-ahead, abandoned

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, first of her name, mother of 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
"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
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
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Colleen Houck
I love the talking sword. Also the heroine and her enemy turned friend. I think this one would make a great tv series. The ending was hands down my favorite part. Everything comes together really well. Also I want some of grandma's cookies. ...more
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 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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

After reading the first book of the spin-off series, I was curious enough to know where the story started so I decided to go back and read this series. I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Estep’s writing for a long time now and I have to say that this series definitely falls in line with the rest of her excellent quality.

Firstly, I was most intrigued about the heroine, Gwen in this series. She’s a whole lot different than Rory and I think that’s a good thing. My favorite thing about Gwen’s characte
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I have this hobby where I look for older YA that have gone on sale and then buy them so I can force friends to BR them with me.

This book is currently 99 CENTS! Any takers? ;)
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite it being a re-read I would say that I was surprised of how many things I forgot about the story. So I'm glad that I revisited the world of Mythos Academy, especially because I want to read "Bitterfrost" in the next future.
I think my rating is mainly influenced by the nostalgia I connect with the story because the story in itself is not a masterpiece and there were also some negative aspects of the writing style that I noticed this time around BUT it is just so easy to read and has this c
Jen Davis
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, arcs
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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
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
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reread of a 2014 read.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya, magic
I enjoyed this although I’m not sure I’ll continue the series. I’m working my way through Estep’s Elemental Assassin series which I prefer, maybe because it’s not YA..
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, x-2017, elib
3.5 stars

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 dan Glokta
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
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 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Jennifer Estep's Black Blade series, so I've been going back to her earlier books.
A Touch of Frost is the first book in the Mythos Academy series.
It was first published in 2011, so it's 6 years old now.

I really enjoyed this story.
It's a little generic -- there are plenty of books of underdog students in magical schools -- but this was still interesting and had its own twist on the magic & the school.

So if you like mythology, you should start reading this series.
Nitzan Schwarz
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know. it's not often that I re-read a book and decided to raise its star rating, but Touch of Frost kind of deserves it, if only on account of the fact I enjoyed it FAR more on the second read.

So, I'm going to go through things in the order I originally listed them, just to see the full picture of how the re-read felt vs the original read:

* The book is still fast-paced and interesting enough to finish in a day. It really did feel like it flew by, which is always a really good indicator with
Shannon Dyer
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m so glad I finally read this. I love the way Estep weaves Greek and Norse mythology into the modern world she creates.
Nicole Collins
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!! Good first book interesting world and school and most importantly hot book boyfriend!!! Logan Freaking Quinn!!! He's worth continuing the series just to get more time reading about him!! Love the Mythology will definitely be reading the next book right away. I enjoyed reading this book its not perfect its typical ya but I liked it enough and I'm hoping it gets better and better as the series progresses!! Its worth A read though if u want something light and just easy to read!!! ...more
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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. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and lo

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