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Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Estep , Elisabeth Naughton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died . . .

"Touch of Frost is an intriguing start to an exciting new series!" --Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready

". . .surviving high school means staying alive!" --New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 986 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SIDTM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start in a new urban fantasy YA series 26 Aug. 2011
By Tester
Format:Kindle Edition
Gwen Frost isn't sure why she had to change school to go to Mythos Academy. Sure she is a Gypsy and whenever she touches an object she sees it's history. But at a school full of rich and glamorous Romans, Amazons, Vikings and Valkiries she is still the weird and geeky new student who's trying to deal with the death of her mom.
When Jasmine Ashton, one of the most popular girls on campus, is murdered and a powerful artifact is stolen, Gwen decides to start her own investigation.
Will Gwen be able to solve the mystery and will she discover why she has to attend Mythos Academy?

Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series is one of my favourite Urban Fantasy series, because the books are very entertaining, the characters are fascinating and the plot is thrilling. So of course I was super excited when I learned that Estep created a new UF series for young adults.

When my preordered (I love preordering books!) copy of "Touch of Frost" arrived I expected an entertaining book that would transport me into a fascinating world full of mythological creatures. And that's exactly what I got once I started with this fantastic book.

As always Jennifer Estep's writing style was very engaging and managed to keep my interest on all pages of the book. In my opinion Estep is a true entertainer, her books always bring me a lot of fun and the time while reading her books is full of wonderful moments, thoughts and feelings.

The urban fantasy world in "Touch of Frost" was mesmerizing and I loved that mythological creatures like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons and Gods came alive and were even normal. Seeing them as young adults was fun. The author herself names Xena, Veronica Mars and 300 as some of her inspirations for the Mythos Academy series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mythos Academy book 1 20 Oct. 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Gwen has been an outcast since she started at the Mythos Academy, with the student's all training to be warriors and claiming to be from families of Spartans, Amazons & Valkyries, Gwen is the uncoordinated one who struggles to make it through weapons training without doing herself an injury. She does have an ability though, she may not be good at fighting but she is able to know the history of every item she touches and feel the emotions of people who touched it before she did. Gwen doesn't really want to be at the Academy though, she doesn't believe in the myths and legends that she is taught and isn't quite sure what to make of the fact that everyone else seems to think they're true. When she discovers the body of another student she becomes determined to find out who was behind the murder, along the way she will also discover just why she was sent to Mythos Academy in the first place.

In a market flooded with vampires and werewolves Touch of Frost stands out for it's use of mythology - Gods & Goddesses, Valkyries, Amazons Spartans, Romans & even Vikings all have their part to play (not a vamp or were in sight!). The world building is strong but not overwhelming and I'm looking forward to finding out more as the series progresses. The story moves along at a good pace and I loved the action and fight scenes.

Gwen is a great character, a self-confessed geek who loves comics and doesn't care about fashion she struggles to fit in at a school where everyone else seems perfect. Gwen comes across as very independent but deep down she is incredible lonely, she is still struggling to cope with her mum's death and doesn't have anyone at school to turn to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more! Still, thrilled about the next one 6 April 2012
By Sunhee
Lately I've started reading books that have a great deal of mythology, and you know what? I love it. When I was little it was a fascinating subject for me, and I'm glad my passion is returning. And I know I'm just starting to discover all the awesomeness! And as such, Touch of Frost didn't let me down a bit in this. Sometimes it got a little confusing, but it was the way the main character felt, so I can't say much about it. I'm dying to discover more of that world in the next book! Oh, and did I mention it's in a school? That, in my opinion, made it even better.

I had a couple of issues with the main character, Gwen. I liked her concept; kick-ass heroine with her not-so-normal gift called psychometry that enables her to know everything that's happened involving that particular object or person, if it's the case. But, to me, it seemed like she was always scoffing at everybody. Almost to the point of being disrespectful. For example: there was a girl in her school that supposedly slept around a lot. Okay, but calling her "slut" every time? And if two people were kissing, they were "sucking face". I don't know, but for me it seemed too much.

In the midst of it all there is Logan Quinn, a Spartan (the deadliest kind of mythic warrior). I liked reading about him (who wouldn't? A hot guy that knows how to fight!). Sadly, their romance seemed too forced. Gwen hated him at first, and then she suddenly was in love for him. Simply... no. And him? During the book it seemed like he liked her, but in the end, out of the blue, he's cold towards her. Yep, I felt puzzled.

All in all, loved the world and the setting, but the characters and the love story could be better. Nonetheless, I'm curious to know how it will turn out and to know more about their world! So I guess I'll be reading the next one. I hope Gwen won't seem like such a hater and the romance gets better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you enjoy Myth and Greek stories then this one you need to read, it is entertaining and gripping. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss E. R. O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars touch of frost
I am a great fan of Jennifer Estep as I have read the Elemental Assassin series,and decided to try the Mythos Academy series,the first book was great, looking forward to read more.
Published 13 months ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Good story. I could not put the book down. I loved the series and would encourage others to read it, if you like myths and old Gods and Goddesses.
Published 14 months ago by SAT 18
5.0 out of 5 stars Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
I LOVED this book!!!!

I am a sucker for the whole Academy saga and this series is built around just that!! - Mythos Academy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ronda
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start to the series.
I have had these books for so long. It is shocking that I have only now read this title. Touch of Frost is the first book and a good start to the series. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wee Shubba
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storyline
A good story for teens lots in it and nicely involved. It is very different to her other series but just as much fun to read.
Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it- Fans of her UF series will love her venture in the YA genre

The reason I wanted to start reading this series was because Jennifer Estep is the author. Read more
Published on 5 Mar. 2012 by Tasnim
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 cheers for Jennifer
This is an amazingly well written series, I would recomend it for any one who loves a bit of supernatural a bit of history and a bit of romance. Read more
Published on 5 Mar. 2012 by yay
5.0 out of 5 stars another series to eagerly await the next installment
I've thoroughly enjoyed all books so far in the elemental assassin series and so combining a great writing style with mythology was always going to be a winner for me! Read more
Published on 11 Oct. 2011 by N. Fallon
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mythos Academy" series book 1
Teenager Gwen Frost is a misfit at her new school. Yes she has the powerful gift of psychometry, but this pales into insignificance when she shares lessons with valkyries,... Read more
Published on 7 Aug. 2011 by Book Addict
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