Feb 25, 2014

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Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #6)

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Paranormal Young Adult
February 25 2014
Trade Paperback
368 pages
K-Teen
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Gwen Frost

From Goodreads –
I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

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Killer Frost is the fifth and final book in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series.  As much as I don’t love that this series is ending, I did like the idea that we finally have all of our questions answered.  And there were quite a few tidbits from past books that I was wondering about.  So knowing that, I was excited to dive into this final installment.

This series is told from Gwen’s point of view and I really enjoyed watching Gwen grow in this series.  She started off shy and awkward, uneasy about her ability to see an object’s history simply by touching it, and now she is confident and is becoming a wonderful young woman.  She is very loyal and looks out for those she cares about.  She is a strong character and, as I’ve said in the past, a good role model for today’s young ladies.

Gwen’s friends played very important roles in this installment.  Each and every one of them!  From Logan to Daphne to Carson to Metis to Nickamedes, they all have their turn in the spotlight.  And yes, we finally find out what the deal is with Carson’s horn and Daphne’s bow – which is really cool btw.  Even grandma has kick ass moments!

Speaking of kick ass moments, there are plenty in Killer Frost.  Tons of action scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Jennifer writes quite a bit of detail into her action scenes so you really get a feel for them but you never feel boggled down by all of it.

I liked how Jennifer wrote Gwen’s final showdown with Loki.  It didn’t quite go as I expected it to which was nice.  Don’t get me wrong – I knew Gwen would survive and that most at Mythos would have a HEA (or at least a HFN) but how it all went down was different than I thought it would be which made for a nice surprise.

And as surprises go, yes we finally find out who/what Raven is!  I’m actually surprised I never considered what she was before but it makes tons of sense!

As much as I have enjoyed the characters and the overall story in this series, my absolute favorite part has got to be the mythology and how Jennifer uses it in these books.   Gwen is Nike’s Champion and the great gods and goddesses have Champions on earth who continue their work or battles for them.  I love how Spartans and Amazons and so on are alive and well and their children are training and learning in a special school.  I love the artifacts and the stories behind them and I love the gargoyles and the other mystical creatures that make an appearance in this series.  I am very impressed with what Jennifer created within these books.

The repetition that is sometimes a concern is still apparent but I didn’t find it as bad this time around.  The pace is as high octane as usual and the ending is absolutely perfect.  I enjoyed how Jennifer managed to put a real sense of finality to Gwen and her story even though she’s only a teenager.  I was able to let out a happy-sigh when I reached the end.

Overall, Killer Frost was an excellent book.  Not only was it entertaining but it finished off the series beautifully.  And even though I am not a huge YA fan, I still think this is a series worth checking out.

4 stars

Books in the Mythos Academy series –
Touch of Frost
Kiss of Frost
Dark Frost
Crimson Frost
Midnight Frost
Killer Frost

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  1. This series might be one I check out when I need something new to replace all the others that are ending as well!

  2. I really enjoyed this one as well, it was a great end, and I’m often left with a weird feeling but not this time!

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