Mythos Academy #6: Killer Frost – Jennifer Estep

Killer Frost

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Author: Jennifer Estep:

Length: 384 pages

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.”

★ ★  ★ STARS

Warning. Spoilers. 

I really enjoyed the ending of this book. Again, sadly, it felt like it was semi-predictable, or at least quite cliché in what exactly happened that I just didn’t feel that grand, clang clang bang bang (that was my imitation of a drum solo climax) moment in this book that completely took my breath away. 

The most wow moment for me was – obviously – Gwen sacrificing herself at the end of the book, but besides that, it all felt very mechanical. 

The battle itself, while still quite exciting, just seemed quite stereotypical, especially in terms of the dialogue and I really wished – longed for (especially considering that this was the last book in this entire series) some sort of adventure, or road trip or just anything out of the ordinary. 

I think the most emotional and touching part was definitely when Gwen was speaking to Nike, and she showed Gwen her future. That definitely brought some tears to my eyes and make me sob just a tiny bit. 

Overall, I’m really glad that I dug into this series though. I really loved the dynamics between Gwen, Daphne, Logan, Carson and all of the other people. And in particular, I was really thrilled that Gwen and Rory became friends and will now always have each other’s backs. I really hope that Gwen can learn more about her family via her and that they can grow even closer as friends. In fact, I can’t even imagine how hilarious the conversations between Rory and Daphne could get (“did you drown in a pot of pink glitter, princess or what happened?”

This was overall a really great series and definitely should be read, but I definitely wouldn’t categorize it as one of my favorite series. I am really glad that I picked it up and hope to reread it maybe sometime in the future!

Mythos Academy #5: Midnight Frost – Jennifer Estep

Midnight Frost

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Length: 372 pages

“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 …”

★ ★  ★ STARS

Spoilers Ahead

I enjoyed this book quite a bit! I have to be honest, this was probably my least-favorite book of the series so far, because it seemed the slowest and also the book that had the least interesting plot.

I did very much enjoy Gwen meeting Rory and finding out more about her father and his history. That was probably the most exciting thing in my opinion but besides that, the story just didn’t grip me as much as the other four books had. 

There’s really not much else I can say at this point. I am super thrilled at Logan being back together with Gwen, but boy were there times when I really wanted to give that boy a little slap around the face (only in a “wake up Logan” kind of way, don’t worry!).

I am interested to see how the ending of this series will happen. I am also incredibly intrigued at what Gwen is going to do with her bracelet that she got from Eir. Is that going to be the way she’s going to kill Loki? I guess we’ll see! 

Mythos Academy #4: Crimson Frost – Jennifer Estep

Crimson Frost

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Length: 354 pages

“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…”

★ ★  ★½ STARS

Spoilers ahead

I really enjoyed this book, although it felt a bit slower than the other books. Gwen being put on trial made everything extremely exciting and it was especially frustrating with all of the people from the Protectorate and the Academy being so cruel to her. It really shows the corruption that can happen in any place if people have the money or power to make things happen their way. 

Linus annoyed me so much throughout this book, I really just wanted to punch him in the face at times. It was doubly worse because he was Logan’s father. 

This might have just been because I read so many books in my life already, but it felt quite obvious to me that Agrora was the one who was the Reaper in the Protectorate. Something just felt so off about her, especially because she was the only one being nice to Gwen. Never trust anyone who’s too nice in books, haha. 

The ending absolutely broke my heart. Gwen using her powers on Logan, having him stab her to death and using her love for him to break the spell he was under. It was majorly cliche but I loved it (maybe even more because it was cliche!)

Either way, I’m really excited to see what’s next, especially for Gwen and Logan. Also, what really made me smile was knowing that Alexei was going to stay with Gwen. Also, am I the only one who’s really glad that he’s gay? I don’t think I could handle any kind of love-triangle anytime soon.  

Mythos Academy #3: Dark Frost – Jennifer Estep

Dark Frost

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Length: 336 pages

“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.”

5 stars  ★ ★ ★ ★

This was definitely my favorite book in the series so far. I found myself laughing, crying and feeling all sorts of feelings throughout the story. To be honest, there’s not much else I can say without spoiling anything since this is already book 3 in the series, however I recommend anyone to pick this series. 

Warning. Spoilers from here onwards.

So the first thing I want to talk about is that battle scene in the Coloseum Museum. That was such an intense opening to the book, and quite honestly broke my heart into tiny little pieces. I kid you not, I had tears streaming down my face when Daphne was trying to bring Carson back to life. That was just too much for me, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it if one of the two of them would end up dying. 
It was also incredibly sad to see Gwen struggling with the aftermath of that battle afterwards, and see how it changed her entire view of the Reapers and what the Academy was good for (answer: quite a lot, in fact). 

I was also really sad when Daphne seemed to be turning away from Gwen throughout the book. There was one point in the book when I legitimately worried about her being the Reaper girl who killed Gwen’s mother and was really relieved to find out that Daphne was feeling weird because of her powers. 

Speaking of that Reaper girl, I was happily surprised that her identity was not predictable at all. Vivian fooled us all, it seems. In fact, it actually really disappointed me that Vivian was the one on team evil, since she seemed like the kind of person with whom Gwen could have been really good friends with. 

But oh my goodness, that ending was just completely crazy. I cried like a little baby when Nott died. And I cried even harder when I found out that Nott had left Nyx behind for Gwen. 

I’m extremely excited to see where this story is going to go now that Loki is free. I wonder whether the other books are going to take place at the Academy of whether Gwen will have to travel into the Far Beyond to save the entire universe. Oh and also, I don’t know whether I’m the only one but I am so calling Nickademes being Gwen’s father. 

Mythos Academy #2: Kiss of Frost – Jennifer Estap

Kiss of Frost

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Length: 337 pages

“I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…” 

★ ★  ★ ¾ STARS

I really got some Frostbite vibes off of this book, am I alone in this? All of Mythos Academy go to a luxurious ski resort, evil forces are at work, and Gwen is getting some extra fighting lessons on the side with someone she desperately wants to get together with but can’t. It’s Rose and Dimitri all over again, and you know what? I don’t mind it one bit. 

Just like with book 1, the only reason this book got a teensy quarter of a star taken off my review was because it was incredibly predictable to read (sorry! I think I’ve just read too many books, heehee). 

Spoilers from here onwards. 

Preston was ultra suspicious to me from the beginning. I don’t exactly know what it was, but I saw the warning signs (Daphne never getting a good look at him, him always disappearing at convenient times, etc.). But even though he felt very off to me, there was always some small part of my heart that hoped that maybe he was a good guy after all and that Gwen would be able to get over Logan with him. And to be honest, even though I knew Preston was evil, it still kinda broke my heart when he tried to kill Gwen. 

And poor, poor Oliver. I had such a big sympathy for how he felt about Kenzie. I really hope that he eventually finds someone to love but I’m also extremely happy that he and Gwen have put aside their differences and have become friends. 

Gwen’s kiss with Logan was such a big moment, in my opinion. First of all, my inner fangirl did a massive dance when he kissed her, and second of all, I loved just how vulnerable and powerful that moment was between the two of them. I know that the reason for their kiss wasn’t exactly the most romantic, but it did feel incredibly intimate and loving. I hope that they end up getting together soon. Like ASAP. 

I also really love how Gwen is discovering more and more of her powers. It feels like she is starting to find her footing in her life but it also feels like this is all going to end up in a massive war between her and the Reapers which makes me really scared for her. But, I also feel like she’s found her inner badass to be able to survive. 

Mythos Academy #1: Touch of Frost – Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Length: 350 pages

“My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died…”

★ ★  ★ ½ STARS

I really, really enjoyed this book. In fact, while I was reading it, I mentally clobbered myself over my head multiple times for not having picked it up before now even though it was at the top of my TBR pile. Mental facepalm. 

The reason why this book got a teensie-weensie half of a star taken off its rating by me was because the ending was quite predictable. But even with that, I still incredibly loved reading it. But then again, I am a sucker for books about Greek mythology and schools for magical teenagers and a lot of drama. 

Gwen was instantly likeable from the beginning, and her powers intriguing. I loved the idea of her gift and wished she would have been able to use them more over the span of the story.

Spoilers ahead

I absolutely loved the growing friendship between Daphne and Gwen and hope to see more of that develop in the following books. As a contrast to that, I personally didn’t really see the chemistry that apparently Gwen felt between her and Logan. I mean, I suppose he is quite attractive and was quite sweet to her at times, but how could Gwen – who, let’s face it, absolutely loathed the guy at the beginning of the book – come to like him, without anything significant happening between the two of them?

Either way, I’m excited to see what’s going to develop between them in the coming books. I’m interested to see his background story, and whether what Gwen believes about him is really true or not. 

Also, did anyone else get serious Dimitri and Rose alla Vampire Academy vibes off the fact that Logan will train Gwen? If that doesn’t lead to any steamy sexual tension, so help me God.

On to the second book!