24 May 2012

Early Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

*This title will be released on May 29, 2012*

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)

Title: Dark Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #3
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (May 29, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0758266960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266965

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Sexual Content:
Kissing


Rating:

Good - A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


Description

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.

Review

If you’ve ever wished the Harry Potter books had been about a girl, you’ll love the Mythos Academy series. Both are set at a magical boarding school, both have villainous professors and cryptic but wise mentors, both feature orphan protagonists who grew up ignorant of their magical heritage, and both are destined to kill the ultimate evil threatening the world. And while that’s not even half the similarities between these two series, there are enough distinctions to make this one stand on its own.

Instead of wizardry, the aptly named Mythos Academy series revolves around mythology.  There are gods and goddesses, Spartans, Amazons, and one lone gypsy with the gift of Touch magic.  This world and the history Estep has built into it are endlessly entertaining with exciting new revelations filling each installment. As with the previous books, in DARK FROST death is a very real reality for the teens at Mythos Academy, and people do die…it really helps anchor the frightening overtones in this world.  Like Harry, Gwen isn’t as rich or seemingly powerful as the warriors-in-training she goes to school with.  But she is smart, and she has the distinction of being chosen as the goddess Nike’s champion, like her mother before her. 

In DARK FROST, Gwen and her maybe boyfriend Logan finally overcome his reasons for preventing them from being together, but right on the heels of that Gwen comes up with a reason of her own.  It was a little overdramatic for my taste (as was most of the dialogue from the various villains), but fortunately, Logan didn’t allow Gwen to wallow in her situation for long.   And while I enjoy most of the Harry Potter similarities, one in particular involving Nickamedes (aka Snape) was perhaps too similar.

While not as rich as Harry Potter, fans of J.K. Rowling’s series will find plenty to like in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series. These books are action filled fun with just enough romance and mythological mayhem to keep me coming back time after time.  CRIMSON FROST will hit shelves in January 2013.  Looking forward to it already.

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