Thursday, January 31, 2013

REVIEW: "Crimson Frost" by Jennifer Estep

Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy, #4)
Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
(Mythos Academy #4)

Young Adult -- Urban Fantasy
For Ages 13+
Steam Level: Kisses

K-Teen -- December 24, 2012
Paperback, 354 pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars


For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself.


WARNING!  This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the Mythos Academy series.  I highly recommend reading the first three books before reading this review.

Once again Jennifer Estep takes readers on a harrowing and dramatic journey with Gwen Frost and the rest of the Mythos gang.  The last time we spent time with these characters Mr. Big Bad himself, Loki, was freed from his mythological prison and is now a threat to all of the Pantheon.  In addition, Gwen and Logan have finally stopped their little dance around each other and admitted their feelings.  So things are obviously set to get complicated at Mythos Academy.

Like most of the other books in this series, Crimson Frost starts off with a bang.  Gwen and Logan are having their first official date and things are going fairly smoothly until she is arrested by the Protectorate (Pantheon's police force) and charged with helping Loki go free.  For the rest of the book, Gwen must try to prove her innocence while dealing with new threats from the Reapers and the ire of her fellow students.

One of the best things about this series is the growth of our heroine, Gwen.  She started off as an immature and damaged girl who was feeling like an outcast in her new environment.  Over the course of the books, Gwen has grown more confident in her powers (even if they still scare her at times) and learned how to trust others to help her when she is in trouble.  She does still have a tendency to run off into dangerous situations without thinking things through, but not nearly as much as in the earlier installments.  Also, it is great to continue reading Gwen's unique voice with all the sarcasm and humor that Ms. Estep is fabulous at writing.

Crimson Frost really shows the strength of Gwen's friendships at Mythos Academy.  Despite the dire straits she find herself in, Gwen is immediately supported by all her friends and they do everything they can to help her clear her name.  I have really enjoyed getting to know all these kids and adults throughout the series especially the sexy Logan, the pink-loving Valkyrie Daphne, and the grouchy librarian Nickamedes.  This book also introduces us to some intriguing newcomers like Logan's father Linus, his stepmother Agrona, and, my personal favorite, Alexei, the enigmatic Bogatyr warrior assigned to watch over Gwen for the Protectorate.

As the fourth installment, this book delves even deeper into the mythology of Pantheon with a special emphasis on the artifacts being housed in the Library of Antiquities.  I loved this part of the plot due to my background in history and archives!  Like all the other Mythos books, Crimson Frost is full of suspense and potential danger.  The series is definitely getting darker and, as a reader, I found myself flipping pages quickly to see if the characters got through everything unscathed.  Always the sign of a good book for me!

Once again, this was a great installment in a series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I have really become invested in these characters and their world.  Can't wait to read Midnight Frost and see what Estep gives us next!


Mythos Academy
0.5. First Frost
1. Touch of Frost
2. Kiss of Frost
3. Dark Frost
4. Crimson Frost
5. Midnight Frost (Coming August 2013)


Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
Denazen series by Jus Accardo
Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter


**Kings and Queens -- 30 Seconds to Mars (Mythos Academy theme song)

**Breathe of Life -- Florence + the Machine (Gwen's feelings while on trial)

**Let You Down -- Three Days Grace (Logan's feelings about his dependability)

**Cry -- Kelly Clarkson (Gwen at the end of the book)


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