Author: Jennifer Estep
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
Rating: A, 4.5 Stars
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 …
What We’re Talking About:
This is our favorite book in the series so far! Midnight Frost is the fifth book in the Mythos Academy series. It follows a brutal battle that ended Crimson Frost, the previous book, with serious ramifications for Gwen.
***Spoiler Alert*** If you haven’t read the previous book, please be warned there are unavoidable spoilers below
In young adult novels, Gikany and Una are used to the whining and egocentric nature of the standard heroines. After having the love of her life, Logan, stab Gwen through the heart… most young adult heroines would lament and whine about how unfair the world is. We aren’t saying that Gwen didn’t do this, but she did show considerable maturity that wasn’t there before Midnight Frost. Logan, completely broken over harming Gwen, has left the Academy with no plans to return. Needless to say, Gwen is devastatingly heartbroken. She tries to go about her studies but between nightmares of reliving her near death and being unable to reach Logan to talk, she is having a tough time. However, she doesn’t recede into a ball of teenage angst, she realizes that she must try to move on.
In an attempt to move on, she returns to do her normal routine at the Library, but the Reapers will not give her a break. When they attempt to poison Gwen, someone else is poisoned instead. The only cure is in a mountain top garden above an academy in Colorado and they all know the Reapers will be waiting for them. Instead of doing nothing, Gwen and her friends (minus Logan, that is) volunteer to find the antidote and return with it before this person dies.
We loved Midnight Frost! Gwen and Logan’s relationship is resolved. Gwen’s ability to work through her own personal issues without it affecting her mission shows her growth both as a person and as a champion. Gwen’s integrity and nature are poignantly illustrated, giving more weight to Nike’s choice of champion. An example of this is when Gwen frees a creature from horrific trap. She does this because she believes it is the right thing to do. She wasn’t seeking personal gain, just doing something because she saw someone in need. This is then paid back to her threefold when she needed it most. We loved this interlude with the little creature and the rest of its kind.
In Midnight Frost we are introduce to another goddess. It seems even Nike must continue to find support in the fight against Loki and his Reapers. What we found fascinating is the way that Nike positions Gwen. Her faith that Gwen will do what is necessary and right astounds us. It is not just that Nike is continually testing Gwen, but that both of them are being watched by others and judged. In this moment, Gwen proves her righteousness, the appropriateness of her being Nike’s Champion, and gains the respect and support of another goddess. We look forward to seeing what the gift this goddess bestows upon her will do for her in the future.
If you haven’t picked up the Mythos Academy, you really need to. Please start at the beginning and pick up the novellas along the way. As Midnight Frost ended, Gikany and Una are already biting our nails as we wait for the next installment!
4.5 stars: Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
About the Book:
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Series: Mythos Academy #5
Genre: Young Adult (Urban Fantasy)
Format(s): Paperback (400 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
Midnight Frost (Book 5)