Author: Jennifer Estep
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Title: Dark Frost
Series: The Mythos Academy #3
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Published: May 29th 2012
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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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.
It’s time for another Mythos Academy adventure!
Pure excitement, that was my feeling when I got my hands on my ARC of Dark Frost. Yes, I know that I seemed to start all my Mythos Academy reviews with an expression of my super-excitement, but that’s just what I feel. I love reading more about Gwen. She is one of my favourite YA heroines with her snarky wit and general indestructibility. And let’s not forget her über-gorgeous love interest, the Spartan Logan.
Things were looking better for Gwen at the end of the book #2, Kiss of Frost, both for her being more accepted and making new friends at the posh boarding school Mythos Academy and for her being together with the attractive and protective fighter Logan. Therefore I was a slightly disappointed when it wouldn’t play out as smoothly as I expected. Logan, once again, is fighting with his inner demons and his unwillingness to share them with Gwen. I can understand his problem not to want Gwen to know everything he is feeling, especially because this is unavoidable with Gwen’s special touching ability. He obviously cares deeply for Gwen but at some point in the book I just wanted to kick his butt and tell him: Man up and get her!
Some people criticised that the book #2 was a bit slow, especially action-wise. That’s, for sure, no problem in Dark Frost. Already in the first chapter the main characters have to fight seriously against plenty of reapers. And this will go on throughout the book. None of the Mystic Academy books has featured that many battles and fights before and I absolutely loved it. The tension was high, desperate measures had to be taken and consequently I was glued to the pages. Gwen, Logan and their friends have to prove themselves in life-threatening situations, which will challenge not only their fighting skills but also their state of mind. Therefore this book was also more emotional than the once before as everybody is so on edge all the time.
Overall reading this book was addictive. I had a great time catching up with the gypsy girl and all her friends and co-fighters. The “dark side”, the reapers, become even more of a threat and the reader gain more inside into their motivation. Gwen has to deal with new facts about her mother’s death and she has to come to terms with her role as Nike’s champion. And let’s not forget Logan. He was up for some surprises. Let’s just say, I was quite happy with the ending.
The book also included the first chapter of book #4. This was so evil as it includes a terribly well written cliff hanger. Unfortunately Crimson Frost won’t be published until 2013. This will be a long wait!