Book Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy, #6)

Title: Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult, Last in the Series
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Publication Date: February 2014
Pages: 384
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (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.

My Review:

Gwen Frost, Nike’s Champion and psychometric Gypsy, has been though a lot. Reapers, Rocs and Fenrir Wolf Pups have all done their best to try and quash Gwen and her friends but they haven’t succeeded. And now it’s time for the final battle. Nike’s followers verses Loki’s Reapers. Gwen knows she isn’t alone. She has Vic, Logan the Spartan, Daphne the Valkyrie and a whole bunch of friends to back her up…  but Gwen knows that she is the key to locking Loki back up but she hasn’t the slightest idea how she is supposed to do it.

I’ve been a big fan of this series since I read the first book a few years ago. All kinds of mythology, boarding school and some fantastic characters. It’s always sad when a series you’re enjoying comes to a close but as the saying goes – all good things must come to an end. Gwen is trying to navigate her first romantic relationship with Logan whilst trying to decipher Nike’s cryptic advice. The Reapers are out in force, stealing artifacts and rearing up for a big finish.

One of the things I’ve come to love about this series is Gwen however I wasn’t the biggest fan of her in Killer Frost. I want characters to grow and mature as people as their get older. To have their experiences improve them. But in this book Gwen regressed slightly. She’s not learned that she’s stronger when she has her friends beside her and constantly reminding everyone that she’s the only one that can defeat Loki. I understand that she has a lot on her shoulders. That she is the chosen one. But it felt somewhat out of character to me for her to be shunning those who can help her and still taking such disregard for her own safety – especially since she knows if anything happens to her then the entire world is at risk.

The way the final battle went down was great to read. It incorporated so much of what the things I loved about the previous books as well as new things I wasn’t expecting. The ending was perfectly fitting for all of the characters and I liked seeing familiar faces showing up again.

I’m glad that I read this series. It’s fun and I really enjoyed how the mythologies were incorporated together. It feels like we may get a spin-off and if that does happen I will definitely be reading it too!

 

Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Teen for the review copy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in a Boarding School

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Books With “X” Setting

And considering how much I love books set in Boarding Schools then it seems like a great idea that I compile a list of ten of my favourite books/series set in boarding schools.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling – As they grew up, so did I. And I admit it – I was jealous of their lack of adult supervision. But it’s probably a good thing that I wasn’t at Hogwarts!

Vampire Academy  AND Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – It’s probably cheating counting both these series, but I love them both.They are both set at private Vampire boarding schools and feature some brilliant characters.

Mythos Academy by Jennifer Estep – Super awesome descendants of mythological warriors fighting evil and having one amazing gourmet cafeteria!

The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter – If I couldn’t be magical or undead,,, I’d want to be a spy.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1) I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling – Trying to keep in school whilst battling evil gods…. sounds like a blast 😛

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – This book is fairly dear to my heart. It was one of the first “adult” (and by that I mean, not a children’s book but rather one meant for older readers) books I ever read. And it sort of destroyed me. I love this book and it’s one that I think everyone should read.

The St Clare series by Enid Blyton – Pat and Isabel were two of my constant companions growing up. This is one of the first books that I remember staying up late – with a torch – and reading and rereading.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Fun school for American teens in Paris. Who could want anything more?

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Cause it’s a lovely story.

 

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1) The Power Of One The Twins at St. Clare's (St. Clare's, #1) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) A Little Princess

Most of these are paranormal in natures but I threw in a few oldies but goodies too. I would love to hear what books you’ve read set in boarding schools that you loved. And please – link me to your top ten, I can’t wait to see what settings other people picked for this week’s TTT!

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Book Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy, #5)

Title: Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Mythology
Publisher: KTeen (an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Publication Date: 30 July 2013
Pages: 400
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (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 …

My Review:

I’ve been a huge fan of the Mythos Academy series since I first read Touch of Frost. It’s got a fantastic mix of mythological creatures, adventure and drama with just a dash of romance to keep things interesting.
Midnight Frost is the fifth book and things just keep getting more dangerous for Gwen Frost and her friends. Gwen’s part-time job at the Library of Antiquities is anything but safe when a Reaper breaks in and tries to poison her. The Reaper may have failed to kill Gwen but Head Librarian Nickamedes was not quite so lucky. With the poison running through his veins and not even the healing gift of Mythos’ own headmistress able to cure him, it’s up to Gwen and the gang to save him. Cue a mission to another campus of the Mythos Academy, this time in the snowy mountains to collect a flower only known to be grown there. Convenient right?

Okay, slightly unbelievable coincidence aside, this was a great instalment to the Mythos series. Gwen and her friends are more becoming more and more capable with every adventure. The gifts from the Gods are helping on their quest to defeat Loki and his followers but sometimes not even Nike can save them from falling into the Reapers evil traps.

Gwen is maturing and finding her feet nicely. She’s gone from the Gypsy girl who took unnecessary risks just because she could to now being a formidable fighter in her own right. And there’s that gorgeous Spartan, Logan Quinn, who may be out of sight but he’s never far from Gwen’s thoughts.

We get to see a different side to the Gypsy girl with some family secrets revealed and Nike enlightening us a little more as to just how she expects Gwen to defeat Loki in the final showdown.

In many ways, this book was slightly less exciting than previous books in the series. It starts slow with a lot of information and whatnot being imparted. But thankfully the second half was fantastic with the adventure and Gwen’s amazing ability to tame the wicked beasts. I thought some parts were rather predictable and was desperately hoping Gwen would work out just what was what before she did. That said, things came to a brilliant climax and I can’t say I was disappointed with how everything went down.

A fantastic addition to the series – I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Estep comes up with next for the Gypsy girl, her Spartan Warrior and all their fighting friends.

Thanks to Kensington Teen and Netgalley for the review copy

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Novella Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5) 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Mythology
Publisher: KTeen (an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Publication Date: 25 June 2015
Pages: 60
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was — until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story …

My Review:

Before Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) is released in July, it’s fantastic to get a novella help me wait for another instalment in one of my favourite series. And the best part about Spartan Frost is that we get a glimpse at life though the eyes of our favourite Spartan, Logan Quinn.

In the wake of events from Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4)Logan is trying to get his head around just what happened in the auditorium. Moving back to New York with his father, Logan is battling his inner demons. That is until his father lets him join the Protectorate and face off against some Reapers.

This novella is short and sweet so my review is going to be too. I love Logan – and it was fantastic getting to see life from his point of view. Spartan Frost isn’t going to be necessary to completely understand and enjoy the Mythos Academy series however it’s an interesting to see how Logan feels about fighting, his family and his relationship with Gwen.  

I am more excited than ever for the release of Midnight Frost and hope that in the future, Jennifer Estep plans on giving us more insights from the Spartan, Logan Quinn.

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Book Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4) 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Mythology
Publisher: KTeen (an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Publication Date: 24 December 2012
Pages: 384
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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…

My Review:

Gwen’s life just keeps getting more complicated by the second. After being tricked into helping Loki escape – the mythological world’s law enforcement officers, The Protectorate, have come to arrest Gwen and make her face trial for her crimes. To add more complexity to the situation, the leader of the Procetorate happens to be the one and only Linus Quinn – Logan’s father. When all this goes down in the first chapter of the novel – and during Logan and Gwen’s first official date – you know that the rest of the novel is going to be action packed and full of surprises and pandemonium.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Mythos Academy and consider it to be one of my favourite YA paranormal series – this latest instalment is no exception. Gwen’s starting to grow up and accept her role in the big battle of good vs. evil. Instead of blaming the gods and circumstances, she’s trying to work out how she can beat Loki – and she realizes she can’t do it alone. Logan, Daphne, Carson, Oliver and Kenzie are all along for the ride along with both new characters and some old faces to help Gwen with the tremendous task in front of her.

This book is less focused on the gang of Mythos students and more on Gwen herself – not to say that there aren’t some fantastic scenes with her friends – but Gwen is more focused on the situation she finds herself in and less preoccupied with the student population of Mythos Academy. I enjoyed Estep’s writing but there were times when I thought some of Gwen’s internal monologues were a little long-winded. The Logan/Gwen interactions were adorable and I loved reading them together.

As in the previous books of the series, I thought the introduction of different mythological creatures, gods and warriors to be incredibly interesting and fantastically woven in with the story. It’s one of my favourite parts of the story to read about stories I know as well as being educated (and entertainingly so) about myths I’m more unfamiliar with.

The climax of the story wasn’t exactly a surprise but – as the saying goes – it’s the journey rather than the destination that is important and I enjoyed how Gwen got there. There was plenty of action, drama and enough romance along the way that kept me reading till the final page.

Midnight Frost, the fifth book in the Mythos Academy, is set to be released in August of 2013 and after reading Crimson Frost I can’t wait to see what happens next in the battle between Gwen, the reapers and Loki – the god of Chaos.

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Book Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3) 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Mythology
Publisher: KTeen (an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Pages: 352
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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.

My Review:

I love this series. And I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I’ve been staking out the mailbox for the last few weeks eagerly awaiting the postman to deliver my copy to me.

This novel starts with a bang. Or at least a bloody battle when a group Reapers attack the museum Gwen, Valkyrie best friend Daphne and Daphne’s Celt boyfriend Carson are visiting to complete some last-minute homework before the end of winter break. I thought the most dramatic thing to happen after their holidays would be Gwen and Logan’s reunion but I was so wrong.

Not that the Logan and Gwen relationship in any way let me down. I love them as a couple. I love the drama and the issues that they have between them. Gwen manages to be in love with the gorgeous Spartan and yet, at the same time, she’s not completely besotted to the point of not being able to do or think of anything else. I admired her independence. Not only in terms of her romantic (or lack there of) relationship but also in all facets. If she really needs help then she’ll ask for it.

There’s a lot of action going on in this novel and in many ways it’s darker than the previous two novels in the series. Things are really ramping up. Loki’s Champion knows who she is and is out to get her and Helheim dagger from the first few chapters in the novel. But Gwen manages to cope with the pressure better than expected. I suppose this is starting to sound a bit like a love letter to Gwen. I just really enjoyed this novel. That’s why I was up till 4am finishing it when I had to wake up at 6.

The supporting characters were, as usual, brilliant. I love the different types of mythological warriors and creatures. And how well this novel fitted in with the others. All of the characters are growing in terms of their warrior skills and themselves as people. I’m really enjoying watching them become who they are destined to become.

I loved the plot – I was proud of myself for working out the mystery before Gwen but I wasn’t disappointed in Gwen like I was in Kiss of Frost. The evil Reapers are insanely good at being evil. I have no idea how things are going to end up which is half the fun. But I hope not too many people have to die before Loki is defeated.

Now that I’ve finished Dark Frost, I can’t wait till the end of the year for the fourth book to come out!

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Book Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Mythology
Publisher: KTeen (an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
Pages: 354
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…

My Review:

Gwen Frost is back – a few weeks after the incident in the library – and she’s ready to take her place as Nike’s Champion. She’s getting a handle on her psychometric ability, training at combat with three of Mythos’ greatest Spartans and she’s even keeping her jealousy of Logan Quinn’s new relationship under control. Or at least mostly under control.

In this second installment of the Mythos Academy series, Gwen has a Reaper out to get her – retribution for Jasmine. Daphne – Gwen’s new BFF – convinces Gwen to go on the school trip to the Winter Carnival. Anyone who’s anyone goes to the prestigious carnival along with students from New York’s Mythos branch. Gwen can’t manage too much enthusiasm about the change of scenery. She hasn’t spent her winters skiing and then there’s Logan Quinn flaunting his relationship with his glamorous Amazon in her face. Oh – and there’s still someone out to kill her. Will Gwen manage to get to the bottom of whoever is trying to end her before it’s too late?

I really enjoyed this story for a number of reasons. The friendship between Gwen and Daphne is one of this series’ strongest points. The comic book obsessed Gypsy Girl and the pretty-in-pink princess could not be more mismatched but they work perfectly. And as all good heroines know, a computer geek no matter what form they are in, are a girl’s best friend. Carson and Daphne’s blossoming romance is equally adorable. I love their besotted and cute interactions and whilst being completely into each other they try really hard not to let Gwen feel too much like a third wheel.

And then there’s Logan Quinn. Even his name is sexy. I’m a huge fan. He is the bad boy every girls wishes she had. The amount of sex appeal that boy has? I’m not ashamed to say that I’d let him sign my mattress… if he were a little bit older.

The chemistry between Gwen and Logan was my favourite part of the novel. They’re so intense. I think it’s a testament to the author’s skill that she can write scenes that are positively steamy when the two characters involved don’t even touch. And then when they do… my goodness! They have become one of my favourite literary couples to read.

The only reason I’m giving this four and a half of a five is I couldn’t believe how clueless Gwen could be. She’s an intelligent and street smart kind of girl who knows how to handle herself most of the time but I couldn’t believe she couldn’t work out certain key plot points before they sort of fell upon her. She could have avoided a lot of trouble but then one of my favourite scenes may never have occurred… I’m not quite sure how to feel.

I can’t wait for the next book – Dark Frost. This is one of the few times when I’m glad I have come to a series late because this means that I only have a few weeks to wait before I get to emerge myself in Mythos Academy again.

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