“Logan and Gwen’s long awaited first date finally takes place but as expected, in true Frost fashion, it blows up spectacularly. Too bad that spilling coffee onto the Spartan’s lap is the least of her problems. Gwen’s first meeting with her beau’s dad doesn’t exactly go well either; overprotective...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Logan and Gwen’s long awaited first date finally takes place but as expected, in true Frost fashion, it blows up spectacularly. Too bad that spilling coffee onto the Spartan’s lap is the least of her problems. Gwen’s first meeting with her beau’s dad doesn’t exactly go well either; overprotective parents are one thing but arresting your son’s teenage girlfriend seems like overkill to me. Crimson Frost takes off running and doesn’t let up until Reaper bodies litter the floor. Literally. This is another fabulously bloody installment in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series!
After Gwen’s arrest, things go from bad to worse for her and even grandma Frost’s attempt to cheer her up with comfort food from the Pork Pitt falls short. My heart ached for our Gypsy girl because after three books, she was finally beginning to find her place at the academy and this novel felt like that for every step forward she took, she got knocked back by two. It was a little shocking how quickly Gwen’s classmates and even a few teachers turned against her. Thank goodness for Logan, Daphne and Carson! Frost also gains a shadow in this installment in the form of a third year Mythos student named Alexei, who’s a new addition to this series. At first this Protectorate wannabe rubbed me the wrong way but he gradually proves that he’s more than just a yes-man and I have a feeling that he’ll be tagging along with Gwen’s crew in future books.
I like how you never really know who to suspect in these novels; Reapers can be anyone. So far they’ve been mostly students but in this installment, even the Protectorate’s not above suspicion and they’re supposed to the law enforcement of the Pantheon. I had a difficult time trusting any of them, including Linus, which added even more complications to Gwen and Logan’s relationship. The back-and-forth smack talk between Vic and Lucretia is hilariously barbaric. These two are out for blood and aren’t afraid to advertise that fact. I was also right there with Frost on this one; what the heck is up with the stone statues? Are they alive? Because they seemed kind of pissed off at Gwen over her supposed betrayal. I’m hoping that when they finally do come into play that it’s spectacular because Estep has had me curious about them for quite some time now.
Poor Logan, that’s all I’m really going to say on that front… This novel starts off on a high note where he’s concerned but things quickly deteriorate from there; we all have a few “do not push buttons” and unfortunately his get bulldozed. However, he is a Spartan, the most dangerous and deadliest of all the warriors, and the best fighter at Mythos so I’m sure he’ll come around in time. I just hope that it won’t be too little too late.
Each Mythos Academy book has been bloodier than the last which makes Crimson Frost a very fitting title for this installment. This is definitely one of the better YA series’ out there now bring on Midnight Frost!”
“There is not a lot of series that actually manage to get better or keep the same level of greatness throughout the series, but magically, Mythos Academy keeps getting better and better! The 4th book, Crimson Frost is one that you cannot put down! You'll be sucked into the story, with no point of return, until you reach that dreaded last page! But no fear, Midnight Frost (the 5th book) is already out! And the 6th, Killer Frost, is set to be released February 25, 2014! Once again, I highly recommend this stellar series and this awesome novel! ”The Wordsmith :) wrote this review Tuesday, August 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: A wonderful fourth book that introduces new elements to make the story even more thrilling than it set out to be.
Opening Sentence: “I have a confession to make.”
When I was asked to read Jennifer Estep’s fourth book in the Mythos Academy, Crimson Frost, I was excited. I have heard great things about the series. So what did I do? I went back from book one and started at the beginning. I wanted to know the whole world that Estep created. She promised mythology and wonder, and let me tell you, boy did she.
Life has taken a shape of normalcy for Gwen, as normal as things can be. As Nike’s champion, Gwen is a primary target for the Reapers and Loki’s champion, Vivian. But while she somewhat felt safe within the protection of Mythos Academy, a new threat is revealed, the Protectorate. The judge and jury of their world, the Protectorate has accused Gwen of helping Loki escape as well as the fact that she’s a Reaper. And the person who is leading the charges and accusations is Linus Quinn, Logan’s father.
Gwen has grown so much since the beginning. She’s more certain of herself, her powers, and of her own ability to stand up on her own. Gwen still has her own insecurities, but with the amount of pressure she has (defeat the Reapers and Loki), I think it’s justified. She tries her best, which is what anyone can ask for, and I love how Estep has kept her flaws. Gwen has a realistic voice of a teenager trying to stay afloat in a world she was thrown in, and that is the best part about her character.
Estep’s supporting characters aren’t just in the background. Throughout the Mythos Academy stories, each character has grown in a way that is unique on their own. Their voices are strong, and each has a connection that is different from the others. Whether it’s Daphne’s feminine strength or Logan’s gallant behaviors, Gwen is lucky to be surrounded by such a wonderful cast.
I was lucky enough to read the books back-to-back. I was able to appreciate how well the story and character progressed within each story. Crimson Frost is a little more established with its own world and setting, so I think Estep took risks. And these risks were well worth taking. There was a darker theme throughout the story, mostly inevitable since the end of the story is looming over our heads. There is more danger and doom, but rightfully so. The story of good versus evil is gaining in momentum, and I love the force that Estep brings it. Each moment was riveting and had me at the edge of my seat.
Specifically, in Crimson Frost, Estep has taken us around the familiar surroundings of Mythos Academy. But what differs in this book than the others is the tone of the school itself. It’s a lot darker, a lot stricter, and I’m sure Gwen is feeling it. With the accusations, she is watched more carefully. It’s an interesting double take on the school, and I really enjoyed it.
Estep is a talented author, telling us her version of mythology. Her world is filled with fantasy, but set in a realistic setting that often seems like it is a part of the reader’s world. I highly recommend that you read Crimson Frost.
“Evidence will be collected, and you will be questioned about the findings, along with your actions. Then, a group of Protectorate members will make a final decision about your guilt or innocence,” he continued. “You should know that the charges against you are some of the most serious I’ve ever seen, especially for a Mythos student. Despite your age, if you are found guilty, the punishment will be dealt out accordingly. At the very least, you will be expelled from the academy.”
Okay, so maybe it was going to be that bad after all.
Still, I couldn’t keep myself from asking the inevitable question. “And what about the very worst? What’s the worst punishment if I’m found guilty?”
Linus looked at me, his eyes cold in his face. “Death.”
FTC Advisory: Jennifer Estep provided me with a copy of Crimson Frost. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“The Frost Series Keeps Getting Better and Better! I love the action in all of th books, an I can't wait for Midnight Frost to be realeased! I just can't want to get my hands on it and read it until the last page! Its going to be AMAZING! ”Kari wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book pretty read just like the other as far as plot story line goes and would be half as short if you took out all the rehashing of the other books. I still enjoyed reading it but it would be nice if there was some growing in chars/plot.”TikTok wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 Stars - I'm still really enjoying this series, but this latest installment was a bit repetitive. I don't mind being reminded of what happened in prior books, especially if it's been a while since I've read them. However, most of this book is taken up with "reminders" of what has happened thus far. I think I had gotten halfway and not much had progressed the story. And characters seemed to repeat themselves as well. How many times and ways could they say the same thing? But overall, it did add to the series as a whole and I look forward to seeing what's in store for Gwen, Logan, and the rest of the gang.”Monica wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow- just Wow... you blown my mind!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it!!!!!”Maria wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. the ending made me sad but it was good and i can't wait for the next one.”Katsa wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No