Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted 17 August, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer EstepDark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #3
Publisher: K-Teen on May 29, 2012
Source: Library
Pages: 336
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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.

Here Are My Thoughts
Check out my review of First Frost (Mythos Academy #0.5)

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘Oh just tell the boy you bloody love him and be done with it,’ Vic growled. ‘This lovey-dovey stuff gives me heartburn.'”

Favorite Character: Vic. His humor was extremely well welcomed in serious times, and his belief in Gwen is very inspiring.
First Line: 

“‘If you guys don’t stop making out, I’m going to be sick.'”

My Musings: Wow. I started this book yesterday, and putting it down to go to school was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Jennifer Estep has done it again. She wove together an intricate plot, complete with stellar characters and infallible action. The novel follows Gwen Frost as she evolves into become the Champion that Nike has chosen her to believe. She does this with the help of her friends: Daphne, Carson, and the ever swoon-worthy Logan Quinn.

For starters, the book started off action packed. For some reason, that makes my views of a book that much better: who wants to start off reading boring stuff? Estep’s action was amplified by her writing: it was descriptive and realistic, nothing like the frou-frou totally out of this world stuff. Although the novel is based off of mythology and magic, it is done so in a believable way. The writing was totally captivating.

I really enjoyed Estep’s characters once again: they are, honestly, normal day teens that happen to be warrior whiz kids. They had all the boy problems and best friend fights that you would expect from normal teens. Estep didn’t weave fairy tale perfect relationships between her characters: every relationship in the novel had problems, showing that the characters were not, in fact, perfect. I especially like Gwen’s character, because she experiences the insecurities of not being good enough– something that many teens can relate to. Gwen is scared of failure, and I find that extremely relatable. It was easy to implant myself into her shoes, and feel what she was feeling. When she was feeling bad because of un-mentionable events, I became saddened as well. Also, her relationship with Logan was amazing: they honestly complete each other, even though they are different in many ways. I loved seeing Logan’s insecurities, which showed that even the Spartan warrior, the best in Mythos, was vulnerable as well. I think that the selling pitch for this book with me was that everything was relatable. The book didn’t take place in a perfect world. In Gwen’s world, bad things happen, people die, people fight, and people fail.

This book…It was a really amazing read. Words cannot express what I am feeling right now. If you haven’t read the Mythos Academy series, shame on you. Go buy all of them right now, and start reading them. I promise you that you’ll fall in love with the story just as I did. After reading the teaser chapter of Crimson Frost, the fourth book in the series (January 2013), time cannot move any quicker. Estep has given me a taste, and now I’m wanting more.

4.5 Stars

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