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Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: (ARC) Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)
by Jennifer Estep
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 

Gwen Frost is not your average 17 year old. For starters, she has the gift of psychometry, basically she can find out an object's history just by touching it. She's also a student at Mythos Academy, a school for descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans and Valkyries. And if that's not enough to stress over, the Greek goddess of victory Nike, has chosen Gwen to be her champion in the mortal realm. Basically, Gwen carries out Nike's wishes and what she currently wishes is for Gwen to find powerful mythological artifacts and keep them safe from Reapers, the servants of Loki (If you're picturing Tom Hiddleston, don't this Loki is so not him).

I'm still a newcomer to this YA series and as always, I was afraid of getting lost or just not liking it at all despite the warm fuzzies I got from Spartan Frost. Turns out I didn't need to worry, author Jennifer Estep has a way of writing a series that can still pick up new fans with book 5 without making them feel like they've jumped headlong into a dense forest. There's enough rehashing of previous books to get newbies caught up without boring the longtime fans. I loved that. She's also great at projecting her characters' emotions onto readers. All the characters are on edge waiting for Loki's next move and I felt the tension, stress and anxiety they all felt.

What was particularly refreshing about Midnight Frost is that Estep doesn't use Logan to make the series, or worse, Gwen, seem interesting. Gwen is her own character and isn't defined by Logan's presence or lack of in her life. Gwen has more important issues at hand than whether or not she has a boyfriend. There's a bigger battle she has to prepare for, she must make sure that she's able to defend herself against Loki and his Reapers. At times Gwen's self pity parties can get a little annoying but then again, I had to remember that she is a teenager, not an adult and as teenagers we are prone to pity parties.

Midnight Frost is a fun read whether you're a teen or an adult, it provides a different, more interesting setting than your average high school romance and has unique, likable characters including a sarcastic, talking sword, an adorable wolf pup and a cast of stubborn teenagers all trying to survive the upcoming battle with a god hell bent on destruction.

4 Sheep

About the Author:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

The Elemental Assassin series (for adults)
The Mythos Academy series (for young adults)The Bigtime series (for adults)

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

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