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. Touch of Frost book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Touch of Frost 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.
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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 9 Up-Three months after her mother was killed by a drunk driver, year-old Gwen Frost begins attending. medical-site.info: Touch of Frost (The Mythos Academy) (): Jennifer Estep: Books. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy Book 1) · Jennifer Estep · out of.
So okay, we had the insecure lead and the all-too-gorgeous male counterpart, which is pretty stereotypical for the genre, but what can I say? Even I have days when I don't mind the stereotypes.
Yes, I can picture your mouths dropping open in shock at that statement coming from me. If a book hooks me, it just does, regardless of how often I've bashed the stereotypes in previous books. Call me a sucker for hot guys who can fight and love to save the damsel in distress, but Logan was pretty swoon-worthy every time he came to Gwen's aid.
Cliched, maybe. But it was awfully cute. Random side note : the signing of the mattresses thing No joke. I had a friend who did this. Not that you needed to know this info about me, but an ex of mine and I went and hooked up on that guy's bed and signed HIS mattress. Because I'm craaaazy like that.
The TENSION oh-no-he-didn't issue at the end of the book has me wanting to run out and grab the next book or just download it because I'm far too lazy to run anywhere. For people who've read the series : view spoiler [am I wrong in guessing that Logan could be Loki's champion, or am I way off? She goes to a magic school with abnormally strong Spartans, Valkyrie girls who shoot colored sparks out of their fingers, and she herself has a "Gypsy gift" of seeing the history of things that she touches yet she still doesn't believe in the Gods and mythology- what more proof do you need girl?!?!
And don't get me even started on the "romance". I didn't get it and I wasn't feeling it. The writing too was just not up to par. Aside from the fact that it was incredibly repetitive and cliched, there are tons of grammar mistakes and contradictions.
It just irritated me more and more as I read. As you can see, this book was a HUGE miss for me. View all 32 comments. Mar 30, Cindy rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.
The only type of magic she actually accepts is her own and that of her own family. So the results? Who else is to blame but yourself? Touch of Frost belongs to the new batch of paranormal stories that all seem exactly the same, only with different character names and fantastical elements. Except for a few key warrior gods, all the others felt extraneous and were barely mentioned at all. You have the blonde mean girl clique, the quirky and unpopular heroine, and the hot bad boy who falls in love with the heroine anyways; just the same formula used over and over and over again.
The character with an actual personality was Vic, the ancient magical sword, who has a grand total of about five lines in the entire novel.
That is just sad. A sword beats out all those other full-fledged human characters? Sad, sad, sad. Book Source: ARC via Flamingnet View all 8 comments. 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 Everything that I've already said for the prequel still stands.
Our heroine pumpkin! So this could have been a story telling how this girl became a stellar detective, who solved every case just by touching some odd scrap of evidence. It could even have been the story of this girl becoming a famous historian, who unveiled weird events about weirder artifacts by simply touching them.
Or a Doctor House with a skirt, diagnosing unknown exotic diseases or healing sick pumpkins. I could go on for hours, but the sad truth is that this novel is none of the above. The girl uses her gift to retrieve stuff for her schoolmates, in exchange of petty cash. Just sad, isn't it? Even the pumpkins are sad for that: So, this girl has this fantabulous gift.
The author reminds us of it every single page, but sometimes the protagonist herself forgets how could she! Call the avenging pumpkins! My dad, Tyr, had died from cancer when I was two, and the only memories I had of him were the faded photos my mom had shown me. She could just touch something and have full knowledge of everything concerning her father.
This happens a lot, throughout the entire book. Bad editor, no cookie! But you can have a pumpkin, here it is: Our girl then goes to a special school for magical kids. Think of Hogwarts, but without the medieval stuff and full of mythological nonsense. There she finds a lot of other magical kids who all have some special superpower and wear designer clothes. And there are pumpkin fudges, pumpkin rolls and other pumpkins. All very interesting. Do I have to go on? I think you can get the gist of it.
There's some abs-staring and some oh-no-I-didnt-think-you-liked-me-even-though-you-tried-to-kiss-me. Quite uneventful. And boring. And don't forget the pumpkins. View all 10 comments.
Wieso kann ich gar nicht so genau sagen. Es war einfach das richtige Buch zur richtigen Zeit. 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: Therefore I am always happy to pick up additional tidbits that help me to understand and "Yucko"". Therefore I am always happy to pick up additional tidbits that help me to understand and use it better. While reading ""Touch of Frost"", I learned that ""purple hoodie"" is actually a composite word.
The same might be true for ""violet eyes"", a narrower term being ""my violet eyes"". The broader term can be found sixteen times within this series' starter volume.
Both can be used in sentences of remarkable literary value, i. That might also explain the long, long and kind of repetitive analytical monologues the heroine has in her mind - preferably in the face of imminent danger. I tend to go with the first possibility. Gwendolyn actually tells us ""Everything about Logan screamed bad boy , from the thick, silky, ink-black hair to his intense ice blue eyes to the black leather jacket that highlighted his broad shoulders.
But then she misses some important clues. And in case the reader has not just noticed that things are a tad too obvious here and the heroine has a plot-lengthening moment, she emphasises her own being behind: Something to do with illusions.
Something that I'd seen or heard or read or thought about in the last few days. Something that was important. In ""Touch of Frost"" it is not as bad as in, for example, Clarity. But if the heroine would play her cards, or rather abilities, right, there would be no need for her to admit repeatedly that she is no Veronica Mars.
Gwen, whose gift is ""touch magic"" - having visions when touching people or people's objects -, breaks into a room to find clues about a murder, but actually tries to avoid touching most things in there.
She takes out a book with a sticky note tacked to a rather relevant looking paragraph, but a day later she has still not tried her power on it. Gwen's reluctance is feebly explained away by her fear of reliving horrible moments or learning secrets without the consent of people she respects, but in the light of solving the case - and the fact, that Gwen earns money by locating lost and sometimes embarrassing stuff - that sounds far-fetched.
Gwenny is even of the unkissed sort and ohhh does she want to make out with the bad, but life-saving boy, but then she would compromise him by learning all his and his family's dirty secrets and probably his hot and dirty thoughts on top. Therefore she takes down her open arms in time, makes a double morron out of herself verbally, has the love interest's half-melted ice-eyes turn to popsicles and does not get a third chance in the end, because by then we have - just in time - switched to the moody-broody ""I-cannot-have-you-know-my-dark-secret-and-my-utterly-ugly-side-yet-although-I-crave-you"" part of the required plot development.
Who would have guessed, huh? That would be all for now. Before you say it, I have to bring it on the table myself: I cannot successfully explain what made me read a paranormal boarding school romance again after so many disappointments. Must have been the high average rating plus the enthusiasm of several of my friends - or my indestructable hope that Enid Blython and J.
Rowlings cannot be the only ones who were able to pull off addictive stories set in boarding school environments. View all 5 comments.
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 he sleeps around, because his body is just so perfect. Wait, what?
I also couldn't find any spare fucks to give over who murdered Jasmine. Seems I'm all out of fucks. I should make a note to stop and get more from the store on the way home from work Finally, if I have to hear one more god-damned-blasted-time how Gwen is different and just doesn't fit in at Mythos, my next step will be to start sawing off the end of a shotgun. Go feel guilty about your dead mother some more.
I don't see how that could possibly be unhealthy. You'll turn out fine. And because this review would be incomplete with out a zero fucks gif how could I deprive you like that? View all 18 comments. Mar 24, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 Ugh, what's with the slut shaming? Again, typical teenager behavior, and bringing it up constantly doesn't make for an entirely likable character when it says something that said character is judgmental like that.
The book is just all right, the idea of an academy full of descendants of legendary warriors and servants of the gods is nice, but oh god, Gwen does not fit in. And it's not only that, she is such a little whiner about it; I'm reminded of the goth and emo kids at my school who whines about everything and goes against the establishment just for the sake of being contrary. Gwen is like that, and she's not a very sympathetic character in my eyes.
She's also hypocritical, since she breaks the rules herself by sneaking out of school to visit her grandmother every few days. New premise, but not an entirely promising nor attractive one.
Whiny, annoying lead character. Will continue the series, but only because I'm bored and lacking reading materials.
View all 6 comments. Jun 09, Mizuki rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 1.
Not to mention the 'heroine' also loves to label people with stereotypes such as 'the band geek', 'the slut' and 'the spoiled brat' and so on, such attitude makes her rather unlikable. Yes, we're treated with tons and tons of slut shaming.
And according to the heroine, a girl sleeping around with boys is a slut and a bitch, but a bad boy who sneaked out from girl's dorm and asked another girl whom he had barely spoken to before to "get back to his dorm" makes the boy a sexy dangerous bad boy? There's also no sense of reality in Estep's mythology and the magical school for mythical warriors. Supposedly all students and professors were trained and prepared to battle the evil villains but their actions and how they handle the incident of a girl student being murdered on campus shows me none of themeven the professors who are adults, can handle serious issues logically and maturely.
I mean, no one ever thinks about searching the murdered girl's dorm for evident or questioning her friends in order to find the murderer? Are you kidding me!? So the whole thing looks just damn fake and make-believe.
Estep, why don't you take a writing lesson before you start writing anything else in the future?
Last but not least, how the murder mystery is revealed at the very end is so cliched and forcedso the bad guy wastes time to inform-dumps the entire evil plan to the heroine, instead of finishing her off then and there!? It's so cliched that it reads like some badly written detective novels. It also reminds me of how J K. Rowling reveals the 'mysteries' of each of her Harry Potter book I'm referring on the ones I did bother to read, you know.
Vampire Academy Fans! Except instead of Vampires it's a school for Mythical Warriors. 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 "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.
She's also witty, charming, fun loving, empatic and smart. All the way in the back here. What are you? A vampire who's afraid of sunlight or something? Were vampires real too? I wondered but I didn't want to look stupid and ask, especially since I didn't know what Daphne was doing here in the first place. I've got this whole superhero thing going on, so I sit way back here to keep the paparazzi and rabid fans at bay. Spartans, Romans, Valkyrie, sites and she's the lonely new Gypsy on the block.
As you learn these whiz kids ferociously powerful warrior gifts are compatible with the mythical creatures in Clash Of The Titans whereas Gwen's gift of Psychometry appears to be no match for their talent and skills, or so it may seem. Psychometry is the ability to touch someone and read their emotions, thoughts, interests and deepest dark secrets.
I rolled my eyes while Daphne sniffed. I'm a Valkyrie, remember? I could pick you up and break your back over my knee, Spartan. The next book Kiss Of Frost comes out late this year as well. I'm eagerly looking forward to catching up with Gwen's life at Mythos Academy now that she's discovered her true Gypsy heritage while shes learning her inherited magical powers, as well as Daphne, and of course The Spartan-Licious "Logan freaking Quinn" ; Like what you see here, check out more of my reviews at http: View all 4 comments.
May 08, Colleen Houck added it Shelves: 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. Ich liebe es Brauche dringend Band zwei: Nov 21, Rayne rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. 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 The book had an interesting premise, even if somewhat sketchy. But, after sleeping on it, I came back the next day and got a great amount of pleasure out of giving this one the single, lonely star I feel it deserves.
I know I'm in the minority here, seeing as how this book has an overall rating of over 4 stars, but I really fail to see the appeal of this one, and it is not because of a lack of trying. While reading it, I gave up on this book three times. Three freaking times I put it aside, completely decided to never bother with it again, but I came back again and again. I just want to make it clear that I did not come back because I was intrigued or because I wanted to know the big "mystery": Everything about this book is ridiculously predictable right from the start.
The reason I came back was because I kept hoping I could see what everyone was raving about. I think the 1 star rating makes it pretty clear that I never stumbled upon what makes this book deserve the praise.
Gwen is one of the most detestable characters I've ever had the misfortune of reading about. She's right up there with Luce, Nora and Zoey in the list of characters I wish I could erase from literary existence by flushing them down a toilet.
She's whiny, judgmental, self-absorbed, self-righteous, oh, and she wants me to remind you that she has no friends. God, I swear she said that last thing about 50 times per chapter.
Please, remind me how much of a loner and a rebel you are about five freaking times per page, I don't get tired of it at all.
Oh, and you wear hoodies and read comic books? Wow, that is so interesting and original and totally explains why absolutely no one gets you. Yeah, right. Guess what? That was me in high school and that never had as a result a shortage of friends or cruel rejection from everyone.
And, of course, Gwen is a loner because she's not as rich or as "pretty" or as "special" as the rest of the mean girls in class, when the truth is she actually is, but, of course, she just doesn't know it. But that's okay. Gwen comforts herself by declaring all the other girls "raging sluts" and knowing that no matter what she does, says, wears or who she likes, she will never be like those "raging sluts". The whole characterization of one of the pseudo-antagonists in the story is that she is gorgeous and is only popular because she's been with every boy in school and likes labels and brands and is mean to poor little Gwen.
Sounds familiar? Yes, like every other generic YA mean girl out there. And the plot is not that different, either. There's really nothing original about this book. I considered giving this one extra points for bringing different types of warriors and mythical creatures into one school until I realized that, not only is the whole concept far-fetched in itself, the book never offers a real explanation for it. Oh well, I suppose it does. The school is supposed to train all these warriors for a war that even the protagonists is convinced is just a whole lot of superstitious bogus.
Which if you think about it, for a girl that has powers and lives constantly surrounded by mythical warriors like the Valkyries to not believe that there could be a war with other mythical beings, well, it's pretty stupid all-around. This book was really infuriating and frustrating. There's barely a plot in there, but I couldn't be bothered to follow it anyway when I had to see it flow through a character like Gwen, who is ready to judge and insult and scorn everyone around her but falls for a guy that's popular because he hurts people and signs the mattresses of all the girls he sleeps with on campus, because, of course, that makes him so hot.
There's no character development in this book, no real mystery driving the plot, a ridiculous resolution that continues to belittle girls and furthers the stereotype about the mean girls and condemns woman sexuality, an interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying concept and a terrible lead I wish I could bleach out of my mind.
It's been, what? The thing is that I was actually expecting a lot out of this one, but a book like this one is nothing but a slap in the face to YA readers out there.