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Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1 | [Jennifer Estep]

Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.…

©2011 Jennifer Estep (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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

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    Patricia Lyn, ON, Canada 11-13-14
    Patricia Lyn, ON, Canada 11-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I made a mistake"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not a clue yet


    Which character – as performed by Tara Sands – was your favorite?

    none


    What character would you cut from Touch of Frost?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    I made the mistake of purchasing this book. It's not really for adults, more for 12 year old girls. I got through the first hour praying for it to get better, it didn't. So if your not in early puberty, don't get it. It's definitely not the Elemental Assassin.

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    Kimmythegreat 10-04-14
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    "Fabulous story!"
    Any additional comments?

    My take on this book is that it is incredible! I would like to give the narrator Tara Sands a HUGE shout out for an awesome performance! She was absolutely Fangtastic, and that is why I give her a 5 fang rating.The story was pretty awesome as well. I mean, for a book that had no sex in it! You know I'm a smut puppy and love my steamy paranormal romances, but this book is ACES with me : )The story was all about Gwen Frost, a Gypsy with the ability to see and feel things from objects that she touches. How cool would that be, right? Her grandmother has the ability to see the future, and works as the local psychic in Asheville, NC, (my neck of the woods baby, yay!). Gwen's mother was a police detective who was killed by a drunk driver very recently. Touching a classmate's hair brush and seeing the horrible acts that were forced upon her from her own step father, sent Gwen in a tail spin of nightmares and angst over ever being able to trust touching another person's personal objects again! She not only saw what had happened to her friend, but felt the terror her friend felt because of her disgusting pig of a step father. I would have chopped his shit off while he was sleeping!!Shortly after this incident was when her mother was killed and when Professor Medas came to visit Gwen and her grandmother from the Mythos Academy to let Gwen know that she was going to be transferring to her school. And, might I add, with no explanation to Gwen as to why, or what the hell was going on. She thought the school was your everyday run of the mill private school, poor schmuck. After attending the Mythos Academy for a few months, Gwen still has no friends, and is made fun of for being a Gypsy, and feels separated from the rest of the kids and even shunned. These little fracking brats need to grow a fracking conscience! Some heart, soul, something! Almost all the kids in this school are rich spoiled brats, that Gwen seems to have nothing in common with, especially the "popular girls", Daphne, Morgan, and Jasmine. They target Gwen when they have nothing better to do and make fun of how she dresses all the time. I just wanted to bitch slap each and every one of them!Gwen was working in the Library of Antiquities one day when a crash caught her attention and no one else was suppose to be left in the library. She discovers the horrific scene of her classmate Jasmine dead with her throat cut open! And one of the precious artifacts missing!! Dun dun dunnnn... What's a girl to do but touch the dead chick to see what happens, but nothing. No visions, no feelings, other than dead girl feelings, nada! As Gwen tries to process what has happened and how she feels about it, she notices everyone acting like it's no big deal and just goes about their business. Weird right? I mean, come on, the bitch is dead, and no one is crying, holding a memorial or even giving a moment of silence or some shit like that?? So in lieu of this, Gwen decides that someone should care enough to find out what really happened to her, because everyone else doesn't seem to give a shit. During her investigation, Gwen develops relationships with the very kids that used to make fun of her. She discovers just how evil to the core Jasmine really was, and so does her friend Daphne. In this light bulb moment Daphne has, she begins to not only help Gwen, but slowly becomes her friend. It's all very sweet and heartwarming. And then, there is Logan Quinn. I'm not saying Logan is anything but a teenager, but apparently he is hot to Gwen and all the other girls, earning him the man-whore reputation on campus. BUT, as Gwen spends more time around Logan, she starts crushing on him. He is, after all, a Spartan, a great and powerful warrior type, who wouldn't be?The farther Gwen delves into the mystery of Jasmine's death, the more she discovers about herself, the Academy and her peers. Gwen really had no idea what type of school she was attending, nor did she really know her classmates and their abilities. As the mystery unfolds Gwen is in for the shock of a lifetime when she discovers the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Damn it! The climactic ending had me on the edge of my seat, and craving more from the book. I'm so glad this is a series though, because now I can read on and follow Gwen as she develops and flourishes in her new found destiny.

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    Lori Dixon, CA, United States 08-28-14
    Lori Dixon, CA, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A great new series"

    I enjoyed the story, a great twist at the end. A pre teen story. Jennifer Estrep, repeated many times about Gwen's mother. I felt like it was over kill. Everything else was good.

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    Aisha Shelby, NC, United States 08-24-14
    Aisha Shelby, NC, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2011

    I love reading and I love audiobooks!

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    "Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Touch of Frost in three words, what would they be?

    Coming of age. (In terms of discovery of mythological beings and gods).


    What other book might you compare Touch of Frost to and why?

    Since this is a Jennifer Estep novel I always think of the Elemental Assassin novels. Gwen reminds me of a younger Gin had Gin been thrown into a school for mythologically gifted people. She's tough, but she still has a certain naiveté that most young people do.


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    No complaints. I felt connected to each character. I liked the personalities of each character as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did think certain parts were funny and I liked Gwen's personality. I think I'll have to start on the next book in order to really have a full understanding of everything that is going on at Mythos.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom 08-20-14
    twinsmom 08-20-14
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    "Magic, mythology and teenagers"

    3-1/2 stars: Think Harry Potter, with magic mixed in, aimed at teenage girls with a female lead character. Not that it wasn't enjoyable because it was. It's just that I could not stop drawing parallels between it and the HP series. The similarities are just too many to bother to mention. Suffice it to say, if you are familiar with HP, you cannot miss them. That said, I liked Gwen. I liked her attitude. I liked her budding friendship with Daphne. I liked the fact that she is not a kick-butt warrior (at least not yet) and has some insecurities but still knows who she is and likes herself (basically). I'm intrigued by the "secrets" Logan can't/won't share. And I like the mythology tossed in. The book is well-suited to the audiobook format as Gwen has a great narrative "voice"-- a bit snarky but not over the top. Tara Sands does a very nice job narrating this audiobook and I would definitely listen to her read YA material again. (In my opinion, her voice sounds way too much like a teenager for me to listen to her read adult material.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 08-16-14
    Lindsey 08-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This one's a disappointment"
    What would have made Touch of Frost better?

    The author was soooooo repetitive. "The Valkyrie," "my gypsy magic," "the Amazon," etc. It was really annoying. She talked about the same things over and over and used the same phrases over and over. I also didn't really enjoy this narrator. Her voice was just kind of grating to me.


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    As mentioned above, less repetitiveness, but also this book was fairly predictable. I just don't think I'm a Jennifer Estep fan. I tried an adult fantasy book of hers and only got around 5 or 6 chapters in before quitting. Her books just don't really hook me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just didn't like her voice. She put enough emphasis and drama and whatnot into the reading, I just thought her voice sounded to old for Gwen. Not like an old lady voice, just too old for a teenage girl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I read so many positive reviews on this book. I don't understand how so many people enjoyed this book so much, it just wasn't for me. I typically love this genre, but this book is a dud as far as I'm concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.M.M. Chesapeake, VA 08-15-14
    L.M.M. Chesapeake, VA 08-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh"
    What disappointed you about Touch of Frost?

    I would ask for my credit back if I hadn't actually listened to the whole thing. If I had to hear "my gypsy gift" one more time I was going to scream. I like to listen to young adult fiction because it generally is free from gratuitous sex and profanity, but it seems like this author went out of her way to incorporate it in order to be "hip," and or attract a young audience. It certainly turned me off. I generally will finish a series, but I won't be finishing this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Estep again?

    No


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    Jessie MADISON, WI, United States 04-18-14
    Jessie MADISON, WI, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So much Slutshaming! o.O -_-"
    What disappointed you about Touch of Frost?

    So much slut shaming. Especially given that this is written by impressionable female teens. Reinforcing all this purity myth culture which is used to oppress women and traumatize girls coming into their womenhood with feelings that their (very normal and healthy) sexual urges make them "sluts" and "whores." Also she uses the word "bitch" (A classic word of female oppression which creates this archetype which allows women's experiences to be invalidated and dismissed out of hand as simply "bitching" or being a "crazy bitch," etc.)


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Jennifer Estep should read "The Purity Myth" and "Female Chauvinist Pigs." And also maybe "Ethical Slut." Get some feminist backbone. Etc.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The performance was not bad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda 09-03-13
    Delinda 09-03-13 Member Since 2006

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "A Little on the soft side"

    This was a little on the soft side, but not unbearable. Not as cool as the Spider, but definitely not a out of a serial box. This was a total departure from the assasins genre. It has potential and is a unique concept. I think the characters will need to grow a bit more depth in future books. However, I liked it and would try another. Thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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