Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #4
Published by K-Teen
Published on: December 24, 2012
Genres: Young Adult
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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…
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!