Series: Mythos Academy #1
Narrator: Tara Sands
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes
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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...
A fun YA story that’s part Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Why I Listened
I’m a HUGE fan of Estep’s Elemental Assassin series so I bought the print copy of Touch of Frost at RT back in May. But after signing up for the 7 day free trail at Audiobooks.com I thought I’d give the audio a try. Oy! The narration was not the best. I found Sands’ voice for Gwen to be a bit whiny, which is a shame since Estep’s EA series has an excellent narrator. But I was pressed for time to finish the book and stuck with the audio. But I will be reading the rest of the series.
Touch of Frost is about a teenage Gypsy girl named Gwen, that has recently lost her mother. Now living with her grandmother she finds herself going to a new school where the student body is made up of Valkyrie, Amazons and Spartans. Which she didn’t know existed until coming to Mythos Academy.
Gwen doesn’t fit in with the other students. She’s just a Gypsy, whatever that means. Gwen has no clue what being a Gypsy really means. She been told by her mother and grandmother that they have special gifts given to their family from the Gods. Gwen’s special gift is psychometry; whenever she touches an object or person she sees memories and feels the emotions that is connected to those memories.
The Hunky Guy
Every high school has a few and Mythos is no different. But in this case the hottie is a Spartan by the name of Logan. He comes off as a total man whore and Gwen can’t help herself and develops a crush on him after he saves her life. He’s nice and sexy one minute and distance the next. He’s got all the makings of a future alpha.
Every different “race” of student has their own special gifts. Gwen has her “touch” magic. The Amazons and Spartans are super strong and great fighters, so are the Valkyrie. But the Valkyrie have magic as well, which is not explain in-depth but I’m sure as the series goes on we will get more details as Gwen learns more about each of the groups.
Issue(s) I Had
Yucko. If Gwen used this word once she used it a 100. Ok maybe not 100 but a lot and it got on my nerves. Now to be fair I may not have noticed it as much if I read the book instead of listened. I think the fact that the narrator had a whiny voice (IMO) that it made the word stand out more to me.
Will I Continue the Series?
Yes. Jennifer Estep does a great job of writing a Young Adult Urban Fantasy that holds my interest. Touch of Frost had elements that reminded me of Harry Potter, X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (minus the vampires). I can’t wait to see how Gwen grows as the series progresses.
Before reading Touch of Frost I would recommend you reading the short story, First Frost. It reads much like a prologue and gives you a good introduction into how Gwen ended up at Mythos Academy.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).