Dark Frost

Title: Dark Frost (Book 3 in Mythos Academy)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date: May 29, 2012

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.

Even though I decided not to reread the previous books in this series, I was thrust back into the Mythos Academy world immediately and absolutely. It hardly seemed as though I had forgotten anything because of how well Estep incorporated the earlier parts of the plot into this third book, and this next part to Gwen’s story was just as captivating as the first two!

Gwen’s narration is funny, blunt, and definitely gives the reader insight into her personality when it comes to her romantic problems, friendship issues, or people trying to kill her. It was great that she was very honest narrator, and that her personality didn’t change from scene to scene. Logan, Daphne, Carson, and the other characters – Grandma Frost, Professor Metis, and the rest of the Mythos Academy population – were also well-written and convincing. And even though the plot didn’t hinge on the characters as much as in other books I’ve read recently, the interactions definitely affected the outcome (like when no one would answer Gwen’s phone calls – while she was running to save someone’s life!). But my favorite secondary character was definitely Nott. Even though she wasn’t in every scene, she was in the ones that really mattered. The ending killed me, but then Nyx made up for it, sort of, with the level of cuteness and innocence she brought into the last scenes.

The plot with the Reapers and Loki really intensifies in this installment, and Estep does a great job of keeping the story suspenseful but fast-paced. With everything that’s happened in this book, I can’t wait to see what happens in Crimson Frost!

~Yours Truly

*Note: Due to mild language and violence, I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 14.

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