Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4) by Jennifer Estep

Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4) by Jennifer EstepCrimson Frost (Mythos Academy, #4) by Jennifer Estep
Published by K-Teen on December 24th 2012
Pages: 354

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…

Thanks KTeen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

When it comes to Mythos Academy, no matter what I’m doing, or whatever mood I may be in; I can easily pick up one of these books and get completely sucked into the story. Estep does a great job of keeping the reader enticed with the perfect blend of action, humor, romance and suspense. The Mythos books are formulaic, always leaving off on a cliffhanger by way of the predecessor’s suspenseful first chapter. When Crimson Frost picked right up where Dark Frost left off, a very WTF-moment, I kissed going to bed early that night–good bye!

For me, Gwen Frost is an all-around likable character. She’s got a good mix of smarts, snark, and lots and lots of guts. She’s not afraid to jump right into a brawl when her friends and family are in danger. However, on the flip-side, she tends to jump in head-first not really thinking the situation through. A lot of planning is “fly by the seat of her pants”. I don’t hold any of it against her though because her heart is always in the right place. When it comes to protecting those whom she loves, to Gwen, no sacrifice is too great.

Where would this review be without mention of Mythos Academy’s most bad-ass Spartan, Logan Quinn. My reviews for the previous books haven’t really mentioned Logan that much. You can tell that I have completely fallen for him by this point. In Crimson Frost were reminded once again why we love this gorgeous yet deadly, blue-eyed beauty. To most of the characters in this book, Logan Quinn appears cool and dangerous. Back when reading book one, I can remember having mixed feelings towards him. In novels there’s usually two types of bad boys; the ones who occasionally appear sweet but end up being ass-y through and through; and two, the ones that appear ass-y in the beginning but through time it’s revealed that they’ve got an extra-thick shell that needs to be cracked (like Logan). Logan’s vulnerable side peeks out more in Crimson Frost. We learn a lot about his family dynamic, including the animosity between him and his father. I loved seeing the interaction between these two. Logan’s father immediately takes a disliking of Gwen so it’s great to see how Logan reacts. Lets just say that Logan shows us once again how uber-protective and charming he can be.

The characters, both main and supporting, continue to amaze me. They have been doing a lot of growing in the last couple books. They all started out with quirks such as pettiness, lack of confidence, fear of intimacy, shyness, and so forth, and have been slowly but surely moving past these limitations.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I just love how this series encompasses all types of mythology. At Mythos Academy you have ninjas, vikings, amazons, Spartans, gypsies and more! It’s wonderful having the world so wide open because there’s so many possibilities. I can easily see potential spin-off(s) in the future. *crosses fingers*

From start to finish, Crimson Frost had me hooked. With great pacing, character development and plot, this is easily one of my favorite books in the series. In each book, the situations become more dire and the danger more real. After the disastrous event that happened at the end of book three and the secrets that were revealed, Gwen is more than ever prepared to fight for not just her family and friends, but for the world itself in.

I give Crimson Frost 4.5 stars. I was so close to giving it 5 stakes but I just couldn’t. There is one bone I have to pick. I haven’t mentioned it before, but the reminders thrown throughout books 2, 3 and now 4 are driving me nuts. A little refresher here and there is fine, even though this isn’t really the type of series you start reading out of order, but enough is enough. Some things such as that Gwen regularly finds used condoms in the back of the library stacks, is a fact I don’t need to read every book. Some things are worth re-mentioning for memory purposes, others, not so much.


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