Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted January 2, 2013 by Gikany-Una in 4.5 stars, Paranormal YA, Rating A, Reviews, YA Literature Tags: , , ,

Crimson Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep 
Release Date: Dec. 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Mythos Academy #4
ISBN: #978-0758281463
Genre: Young Adult (urban fantasy)
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

     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…

What G & U are talking about:

     Crimson Frost is the fourth release in the Mythos Academy series. Gwen is finally at the center of attention, but for all the wrong reasons.  Gikany and Una recommend reading this series from the beginning as many references are made in this novel to previous events. Plus, this is a very well written series, and you should just start from the beginning.
     We begin right where Dark Frost ended, with Logan and Gwen on their first date at the coffee shop. However, it is rudely interrupted when the Protectorate, the police of their society, arrive to take Gwen into custody for several charges. The most notable of these charges is the willful release of Loki from his prison.  In Crimson Frost, we follow the trial of Gwen as she tries to clear her name and find out the Reapers’ plan for strengthening Loki.
     Although the shocking arrival of the Protectorate is completely out of the blue, Crimson Frost starts a little slowly.  This is partly because the charges against Gwen seem so ridiculous, but also because you don’t out who is responsible for these charges until you are almost halfway through the story.  Despite these issues, it is still a fast and gripping read.  Gikany and Una nearly inhaled it.  The camaraderie between Gwen and her friends continues to provide Gwen with the steadfast foundation she needs.  We enjoyed their interactions and especially the infiltration of Gwen’s grandmother into their world.
     Crimson Frost is a nail biting and suspenseful fourth edition on the Mythos Academy series.  The mythology is fresh, the character engaging and the plot twists and turns nicely.  All of this with Ms. Estep’s enchanting writing style makes it a very enjoyable read overall.  We eagerly look forward to the next novel, Midnight Frost, due out August 2013.

Their Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
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