Jul 30, 2013

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Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #5)

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Young Adult
July 30 2013
Trade Paperback
400 pages
K-Teen
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Gwen Frost

From Goodreads –
Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there…

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Midnight Frost is the fifth book in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series.  You all know that I am not a reader of YA, but this series I enjoy.  The absolute best thing about it is the premise.  It’s so cool.

Spartans, Amazons, Valkyries and other such beings actually exist.  Yes, you thought they were mere myths but in fact, they are real.  Their children go to Mythos Academy to learn about their mythology and to hone their skills.  Gwen is a student there and her gift is psychometry which means she can see someone or something’s history by touching it.  She is also the goddess Nike’s Champion, a person chosen by the gods/goddesses to continue their work and bring their beliefs to the world of today.  Nike is not real per say but Gwen can see her and chat with her via visions of sort.  Their number one enemy at the moment:  Loki.

Midnight Frost starts up not long after the end of Crimson Frost.  Gwen is still hurt that Logan is gone and is suffering nightmares about the events that caused Logan to leave.  She has her friends but it’s not the same as having the guy you love by your side to help you through things.  Soon into the book, Gwen is the target for yet another Reaper (the bad version of what Gwen and her friends are) attack.  But the attack does not go as planned and someone else is hurt instead.  In order to save them, Gwen and her friends must fly cross country and bring back a particular flower to brew the antidote.

As usual, this book was pretty much non-stop.  The series’ overall story arc didn’t move along all that much but I don’t feel like that was the point of this book.  This one focused mostly on Gwen and on clearing up a few personal details about her. We meet some new characters that I’m sure will come into play in future books and I’m looking forward to seeing them again.

This series does read like a YA in its dialogue and some of its situations but the other parts of the story downplay that for me.  I just love the concept.  The myth is fantastic and the way it’s told is wonderful.   This is such a fun series to read.

As for Midnight Frost, I feel it was an important installment to the series.  I like seeing how far Gwen has come from the first book, how comfortable she is becoming in her situation and in her own skin.  She is starting to own her talents without losing herself to them.  She is still down to earth and vulnerable and she knows she can count on her circle of friends to give her a hand when she really needs it.  She is a good and positive role model for today’s youth and I look forward to sharing these books with my daughter when she gets older.

4 stars

Books in the Mythos Academy series –
Touch of Frost
Kiss of Frost
Dark Frost
Crimson Frost
Midnight Frost
Killer Frost (February 25th 2014)

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  1. *Head desk* Yep…yep…I really need to check this stinking series out! This is the 4th review I’ve seen for the book and it just keeps showing me how much I really need to check out Touch of Frost!

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