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Gr 9 Up-Three months after her mother was killed by a drunk driver, 17-year-old Gwen Frost begins attending the elite Mythos Academy. According to Gwen, the students are descendants of powerful warriors and are warriors in their own right (Valkyries, Amazons, Vikings, Spartans, to name a few) possessing deadly skills, strength, weapons, and magical powers. Gwen feels completely out of place and is known as "that Gypsy girl." The only gift she possesses is her psychometry-the ability to feel and experience the emotions and history of any person who has ever touched or held an object she touches. The murder of Jasmine, the richest and most popular student at Mythos, gets the story going when Gwen decides to find out who killed her. Gwen begins a friendship with a former adversary, a Valkyrie named Daphne, and also develops a growing attraction to the deadly and very handsome Spartan warrior, Logan. Throughout the story, Gwen learns a great deal more about herself. This mythological, magical tale of gods, goddesses, warriors, good and evil, and mortal danger also includes a good measure of the usual teenage issues such as making new friends, rivalries, romance, and betrayal. Tara Sands's well-paced narration adds to the sense of time, place, magic, and action of Estep's story (K-Teen, 2011). She perfectly portrays Gwen as a strong, funny, likeable young woman, and the teen's experiences and humorous commentary will keep listeners eagerly awaiting the next title in the series.-Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a "New York Times "and "USA TODAY "bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. "Spider s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, " "Spider s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom", "The Spider, Poison Promise, Black Widow, Spider s Trap, Bitter Bite, "and "Unraveled, "along with the e-shorts "Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, "and "Kiss of Venom", are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at www.JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 8 - 12
  • Series: Mythos Academy
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington -Teen; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758266928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266927
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN URBAN FANTASY SERIES
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she's not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals - Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

BLACK BLADE YOUNG ADULT URBAN FANTASY SERIES
Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series.

The series focuses on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed "the most magical place in America." Tourists come from around the world to tour all the magic-themed shops and attractions, as well as see monsters like tree trolls, copper crushers, and more in their natural habitats.

Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families -- or mobs -- who control the town. But when she saves a member of the powerful Sinclair Family, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the most powerful Family in town.

MYTHOS ACADEMY YOUNG ADULT URBAN FANTASY SERIES
Jennifer is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series.

The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object's history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

BIGTIME PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES
Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

The Bigtime books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

VISIT JENNIFER'S WEBSITE
Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at http://www.jenniferestep.com.

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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 "I loved Samson; I really did. But he's a guy, after all, and he's always thinking with his dick. I expected this sort of thing from him. But Morgan and I grew up together... That's why she's going to pay for screwing my boyfriend."

This book was a HUGE disappointment. I was hoping for another Vampire Academy, something with great sexual tension and a kick-butt plot. Instead I got poorly written crap that is filled with stereotypes.

Meet Gwen, a girl who is so nerdy and alternative that she wears hoodies! and reads comic books! Crazy stuff here, folks. Gwen is just a terrible character. She is so judgmental it is sickening. She hates the rich girls and the "sluts" (the ultimate put down in Gwen's book!) and anyone too girly. The worst part is that she doesn't seem to mind male "sluts". Apparently having sex is only a cardinal sin if you have lady parts.

She is also incredibly dense. Gwen claims that because of her "Gypsy gift" she can never forget anything. Then why, may I ask, does she seem not to catch on to ANYTHING. I figured out everything from about 60% on and Gwen was still walking around in a befuddled haze. Gwen also seems to have the mental capacity of a 12 year old. She thinks kissing is icky and says things like "yucko" regularly. She is supposed to be 17!!!. Honestly, I found that hard to believe.
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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 library next to a stolen mythical artifact called the Bowl of Tears, Gwen is determined to get to the bottom of the entire situation. It's never a good idea to poke your head into other people's business, though. 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. This novel's back story is a mishmash of tons of various warriors -- from Norse gods to ninjas. While that is certainly a nice idea, it's never really delved into. Except for a few key warrior gods, all the others felt extraneous and were barely mentioned at all.

The characters aren't especially mind-blowing, either. 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.

"Touch of Frost" is quite a cliché, but lovers of stereotypical teen paranormal stories (I know there are a lot of you out there) will devour it with glee.
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I like Estep, but she is going to have to tone things down a little if she wants to write succesful YA books. Books, with Teenagers having sex ( I would be more descriptive but my review was turned down the first time, as being obscene and I was just quoting the book) and classmates leaving used condoms in the library, will not find their way into school libraries. This would have been a nice girl version of the Percy Jackon books if she had not been so set on having most of the kids seeped in adult vices (sex, drugs, alcohol). Please, Ms Estep, do some more YA, but write as if your 13 year old daughter was going to read it . I can recommend this book for adults, but I would never recommend it to one of my students. Lucine
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3.5 stars

Touch of Frost is fun read with an intriguing mythology that left me wanting more. I'm a little torn about the book, as there are things I both really liked about it and some things I wanted to know more about. I loved what Jennifer did with her mythology and the way she introduced little bits and pieces of each lore through out the story. She created some great legends about both the Greek & Norse Gods and Goddesses, and tied them into the story via Mythos Academy, a school were the children of Valkyries, Spartan Warriors, Gypsies and more attend to learn about their history and how to control their powers. I liked being able to learn more about the legends at the same time the story's main character Gwen does.

Gwen herself is a character that liked getting to know, but there were times I was a little bit frustrated with her character. I was bugged that being halfway through the story she still didn't catch on to certain things about the school and why she was there, like I had excepted her to. One of the things I did like about Gwen is though she seems to be an outsider, she's not someone who's swayed easily and despite how hard it may be to stand up to the school's Queen Bee and her team of "mean girls", she does. I also liked her wit and the way she handles herself about the resident bad boy and main love interested Logan Quinn. One of the things that kept me hooked with the story was their chemistry. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens between these two in Kiss of Frost.

I liked Jennifer's writing, and I felt the story flowed well. There's a few things I felt that weren't covered as much as I had hoped, but I think those things will be addressed as the series goes on.
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