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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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    Hassan 06-20-13
    Hassan 06-20-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"

    I got this book because of the author, and honestly i thought it was going to be some teenagers book. But I was amazed how good it was, the plot was a bit different than other books, and there are interesting pointers here and there.

    In this book you have all the Gods divided into 2 sides the good and the evil ones. and there are those champions and followers of each god. in this school is for teaching and preparing those kids to follow on the footsteps and the path of their own God.

    This is the first book, so basically a lot of character introductions and explanations of what happened in the past and what might happen in the future

    So these are the basics, if you like this kind of books that has a countless number of Gods, you will like this one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 02-24-13
    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2003
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    "More Kids of Gods and Godesses"

    Same idea as Rick Riordan's books - that the gods and goddesses have kids but with a different twist. In this case they are all training to defeat/hold back the god Loki. The book is part mystery part fantasy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 04-08-13
    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 04-08-13 Member Since 2004
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    "I liked this story against my will..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only because I think it is going to get better now that the characters are established. I think that this book places too much emphasis on sex and drugs/alcohol. The plot would have been just as good without them. I know for a fact that teens will read a good story without so much gratuitous use of those elements. Like I said before, this is a good plot and could have stood on its own feet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can not answer that question without spoilers.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was a little too snarky and jaded for me at first. I didn't like the character and how she was being represented. But as the character grew and changed, the reading did too. At the end of the story I understand why the performance was the way it was. Now I say Bravo!


    Could you see Touch of Frost being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Too early to tell...


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to say again that teen/YA readers are smart. It has been proven time and again that they will read a good story and buy a good story without the overuse of sex and drugs/alcohol. Most of the teens I know are actually turned off if there seems to be no point for it. But, the plot and the characters here did a wonderful job standing on its own without all the smutty fluff on the side.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christina DENVER, CO, United States 09-21-13
    Christina DENVER, CO, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No divergent/hunger games but its a fun mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch of Frost the most enjoyable?

    I like the mystery of the first book, you go along with the main character as she herself discovers this new world. The main character and you will both be wondering what comes next and both trying to figure out what things mean at Mythos.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character as there are not many likeable characters besides her grandma in the first book.


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

    No, like I said in my headline this is no divergent or hunger games. This is more of a juvenile book and I can't imagine male readers enjoying it at all. I read YA because I don't like to read, listen or watch anything gory. I don't like to see any violence against children, women or sexual assault and I don't like swearing. Sometimes, I sacrifice maturity of the plot and writing because of that. The first book is pretty good where it is somewhat of a mystery but very juvenile in context. The second book is the same thing but I am still enjoying the mystery more than I am rolling my eyes at the juvenile writing. I plan on listening to third book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I do recommend this book as long as the "texting, clothes, popularity, rich snobs" context doesn't make you roll your eyes. The mystery and action scenes are worth the overlooking the other stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 06-21-13
    Elizabeth Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!I have been reading constantly threw audio books sense a verry small age and have never lost the love of them.

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    "Darn I have fallen inlove with another new series."

    This book is so much fun with nothing lacking. a great plot, laughter, mortifaction usually on the charactors behalf, action, blood and some good but clean romance. The charactors and the narration of those charactors is amazing. I jumped right on here and ordered the next one after having read the first in two days. I really hope she does more than four. also if you read and like check out this authors adult series the elemental assasin

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shay Bella 05-21-13
    Shay Bella 05-21-13

    Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories

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    "A Fun Listen!"

    This was well narrated, with Ms. Sands bringing a bit of something extra to the reading.

    The story itself was well written with good characterization and character building, a strong plot that kept to a just-right pacing (neither slow, nor so fast that you had to listen to every single word to avoid confusion).

    Folks who have listened to Ms. Estep's adult series, Elemental Assassin, will find some references to Gin Blanco's world, but there's no mention of elemental magicians, dwarves, vampires, or giants as common-place members of society.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greta 04-07-13
    Greta 04-07-13
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    "dated attitude towards gender and sexuality"

    In terms of basic story telling, I found the background information dumps a bit awkward. But what really got to me was the attitude towards sexual activity among teenagers. I actually would have been fine with a "wait until you're adults/married" attitude. But instead it was an attitude that teenage boys engaging in sexual with a number of partners are to be admired/become the romantic lead; teenage girls who "give up their v-card" (yes a phrase from the book) to long term boyfriends are frowned upon; girls with multiple partners are "sluts." It is causally thrown in throughout the book (e.g. the main character's skill is finding lost items, such as "lost bras that girls should have known better than to take off in the first place."). It is books like this that lead to unhealthy, misogynistic attitudes in society. By coincidence, I read the same day about a community's response to a statutory rape case. One fellow student tweeted “Young girls acting like whores there’s no punishment for that, young men acting like boys is a sentence.” This real-life, sad little tweet could have come from our protagonist's mouth. Confession: I haven't finished it and not sure I will be able to make myself do so.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 10-01-13
    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 10-01-13

    I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.

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    "Estep is terrific!"

    I love Estep's story telling. She has the ability to tell a good story from a great perspective.

    This is the beginning of a new YA mythology series. I love mythology- and and strangely attracted to series that take place at a boarding school. So I was bound to love this story. I think Gwen is a great MC, she's spunky and fun, but a little hard on herself (as are a lot of 16 year old girls)

    My one issue is that I solved the mystery a little too quickly. It didn't really bother me though, because there is an overlying series mystery that I'm still guessing at.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James kernersville, NC, United States 03-18-13
    James kernersville, NC, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Repetitive with terrible narration."
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Tara Sands?

    I don't believe I would read another book by either. The narrator was terrible and annoying to say the least with a whiny tone and repeated the same up and down pitch of every single line she spoke through the entire book. The author had a great concept, great imagery and compelling story. The problem was the execution. I actually found it difficult to finish the book. The repetition of key points (no spoiler examples) made it not only annoying to hear them for the 10th to 15th time they were mentioned but also made it painfully obvious as to where the book was going as contrast to the points stressed throughout the entire book. Such as that she was new with no friends at the Academy. She must have said this 10 times per chapter. I will not be finishing the series. I also feel as if there was a contradiction between making Gwendolyn smart yet stupid at the same time. Things that were plainly obvious she repeatedly skipped over that should have been even her general knowledge not just the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the concept and lore of the story. Although the love story was a bit dry and boring the mystery was enough to keep the focus no matter how predictable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was just terrible in every way. I apologize I can't say it better but she was just not suited to narrate this peticular title.


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Santee, CA, United States 03-21-13
    Richard Santee, CA, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Another School Story"

    An interesting twist on the secrets powered school type.
    Which is obviously building an overall storyline without sacrificing the feeling of high school.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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