Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

October 9, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer EstepDark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #3
Published by Kensington on May 2012
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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four-stars

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.

philippas_review

Come on, Gypsy girl. I’m bleeding to death here, in case you haven’t noticed. At least make it worth my while and kiss me before I die.

Kiss of Frost (Book 2)

What can I say, I just really enjoy this series! This book is dark, the opening scene is gruesome, traumatic and there is a lot of death.  This opener really sets the tone for the entire novel and things don’t really look up for the people of Mythos Academy anytime soon.

In this book Gwen is on a quest to find the Helheim Dagger  and through this Gwen learns a lot about her mum and her time as Nike’s champion.  I really liked the quest in this book and the pace was just beautifully done, you always felt something was happening without being bombarded with too much information.  I also loved that even though it had been a while since I read book 2, the author managed to weave in enough recapped information that you never felt confused or unsure about things that had happened in the previous novels.

Gwen is a wonderful lead character though in this book I felt at times she was a little thick as the author gave some fairly obvious hints that Gwen just glossed over entirely.  I found this really frustrating at times, it was pretty clear to me what was going on from fairly early in especially with who Loki’s champion was yet Gwen just didn’t seem to get the most obvious warning signs.  Good thing the story was so interesting that this could be taken in stride and wasn’t too big a mark down for the overall book.

Logan is awesome as always but man can these two just hook up already and stop with all the awkward conversations and wonderings.  I just can’t see enough of a reason so far in Logan’s past that he has to stay away from Gwen.  The backstory with his family just doesn’t cut it in my eyes and I hope there is something else we’re yet to uncover on this.  The romance in this book is on the backburner in comparison to the first two books buts thats ok as Gwen really does a lot of self exploration and growth in this novel.  I think too much romance would have really deterred from the processing and internalising of her mothers memories that happens over the course of the story.

Gwen’s quest really is the central focus in this book and I really did miss the fantastic secondary characters that have cropped up.  I hope we get some more air time with Daphne and Carson plus Logan’s spartan buddies in book 4 as Gwen will need her friends to take on the Reapers after this huge page turning finale.  The reappearance of the Fenrir wolf was a lovely surprise and side story in this novel, I’m really glad there was more to the wolf’s story even if it was all a little bit sad!

I can’t wait until book 4 is out, this is a wonderful series if you want a good all round paranormal – there is action, romance, mythology and teenage drama, definitely great fun!

four-stars – Great sequel to an all round fun series.

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Email | Goodreads | Amazon.com | Twitter | Instagram Philippa lives in Brisbane, Australia with her partner and two daughters. She is an avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult literature as well as being a student midwife, closet geek, procrastibaker and coffee addict.

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