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Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

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Dark Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep 
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Mythos Academy #3
ISBN: #978-0758266965
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Author

About the book:

     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.

What G & U are talking about:

     Gikany and Una are happily stunned.  We decided to read the previous two Mythos Academy books before reading Dark Frost.  We are so glad we did.  This is an outstanding series!  Una started the first book and read through all three in a couple days… because it was too good to put down!  Gikany did it in a day!
     We recommend that you start from the beginning of the Mythos Academy series with Touch of Frost.  It will help you connect with the characters and there is a build up through the first two books to the climax at the end of Dark Frost.  There are two novellas, one is a prequel to Touch of Frost and the other is between Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost, but they are not necessary to read.  Gikany and Una did not feel we missed anything and we didn’t know about the novellas until we started our review.
     Ms. Estep has created a stunning world in the Mythos Academy series.  We loved the blending of the different mythologies and how seamlessly they are woven into the fabric of this young adult series.  We think that this would be a great series for children (like Gikany and Una) who love ancient histories/mythologies.  Not that we are experts, but we, too, were fascinated and enthralled by Clash of the Titians (the original) and can completely relate to the creation of this series.  It is a fascinating urban fantasy that will entice the older generations who grew up with comics and superheroes.
     Another aspect worth noting of the Mythos Academy series is the characters.  Our main character, Gwen, is easy to relate to.  She is a normal teenager with an exceptional talent.  She must make the transition from one world where she felt she belonged to a new one where she feels like a complete outsider.  The friends she makes along the way and the experiences of first love are easy to relate to.  The varied personalities of the other characters are endearing and add to the complexities of the world and grounding of the novel.  This is just a well-rounded series.
     We seriously recommend this series and especially Dark Frost to readers ages junior high and older.  In our opinion, adults may find the Mythos Academy series as endearing and enthralling, or more so, as the Twilight series or Hunger Games trilogy.  This would be an especially great read for parents to share with their kids.  We can’t wait for the next book, Crimson Frost, to arrive in December 2012.

Their Rating:

Personal favorite – a must read (A+)

 

Purchase Info:

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)
Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3)

 
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