May 25, 2012

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Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #3)

Young Adult
May 29 2012
Trade Paperback
336 pages
Kensington
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Gwen Frost

From Goodreads –
I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

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Dark Frost is the third book in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series.  This is one of the two YA series that I actually read and the reason for that is simple:  it’s an incredibly unique premise and I quite enjoy the mythology, the story and the characters.

In the previous book, Gwen was sent on a quest of sorts by Nike (whom she is Champion for) and this book follows her while she attempts to find the item that she was asked to find.

I have to say that I really thought I knew where this series was headed.  I assumed that the two sides would attempt to free Loki but that the good guys would prevail and that the bad guys would cry then everyone would be off to their respective houses for cookies and milk.  Well, this series took quite a turn in this book and wow…it’s interesting.  Very interesting.  Very very interesting.  Very very…well, I think you get what I am trying to say.  Jennifer is a master at taking a story and twisting it around.  And when she’s done with her twists and turns and ups and downs and Whoa and ZOMG, you can’t picture the story going any other way.

There were a couple little things that had me scratch my head over this time around.  I wondered why the teacher left Gwen alone in a certain scene when really, they shouldn’t.  Of course, her being alone started a terrible chain of events leading to another even more terrible chain of events.  And not once did the teacher think to say “Oh sorry Gwen.  That was pretty stupid of me.”  Yes, I understand that the teenagers in this series are essentially warriors and have faced and survived things that would cause them to grow up a little sooner than your average teen, but they are still teenagers!  You can tell this by the little extra helping of teen angst (the other thing that rubbed me a bit wrong yet wouldn’t bother a YA audience).  And finally, Gwen not asking for help when she really really REALLY should…frustrating.  But again, she is a teen and that is what teens do.  It’s just that I have never had to remind myself that this is a YA series before and I found myself saying it a few times during the course of this book.  None of these instances damped the book for me though – they just had me going “really now?!” on occasion.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book.  It continues the series perfectly and even though I honestly didn’t foresee where the series is headed now, I do like the direction that Jennifer is taking it.  I am looking forward to book four.

3.5 stars

Books in the Mythos Academy series –
Touch of Frost
Kiss of Frost
Dark Frost
Crimson Frost (2013)

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