Thursday, February 21, 2013

Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Crimson Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: A Mythos Academy Novel #4
Length: 384 pages
Publisher:  K-Teen; 1 edition (December 24, 2012)
Format: paperback


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…

My Thoughts:

      Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep has been on my to-read list since I read the teaser blurb in the last book. In other words…it’s been a long wait! Poor Gwen can never have any peace and quiet. She goes on her first official date with Logan a.k.a. Mr. Spartan-Hottie and what happens? The Protectorate arrests her on charges of helping the Reapers and freeing Loki! From this point on the book consists mainly of Gwen and her friends preparing for her trial and trying to prove her innocence. Crimson Frost was what I like to refer to as a filler book. It is the bridge book in a series where something major happened in the previous book and it bridges/adds in necessary character and plot details to make the next book more climatic. Despite this, Crimson Frost is able to provide just enough drama and intrigue to make it worthwhile and pivotal to the overall story.
      There wasn't really any major plot twists in Crimson Frost, but it was still awesome. A new character named Alexei is introduced and I have a feeling he is going to be around for the long haul. As for the rest of the characters, well, I had mixed feelings.  Daphne, Logan, and the adorable new addition to the story Nyx weren't as present as they could have been. These characters add so much spunk and wit to the story that I was hoping to read more about them. Nyx especially has the potential to add so much needed levity to this oftentimes dark story. Unfortunately Nyx is only on about four pages in the whole book. I also assumed that due to the last book there would be a lot more romance between Gwen and Logan in Crimson Frost. There wasn't really that many "romantic" moments, but readers do see how much they care and the lengths they are willing to go to protect one another. I think this makes their relationship stronger and because of this I was OK with the book not having that much romance.
      The main thing that Crimson Frost does is show the readers just how deceitful, conniving, and evil the Reapers are. A sense of how long they have fought to raise Loki and how embedded into society they are is shown. I know I said this was just a "filler" book and for the most part it was, but I have to admit that something major happens in the end of Crimson Frost. All I can say is that I can't wait to see how it plays out in the next Mythos Academy novel. It could be a game changer. I give this book a 4 STAR rating. 

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