Sunday, April 14, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: CRIMSON FROST by Jennifer Estep


CRIMSON FROST (Mythos Academy, #4) 
by Jennifer Estep

Published December 14, 2012 by K-Teen

GENRES: YA • Greek Mythology • Action • Paranormal Romance • Supernatural Abilities
Magic • Urban/Contemporary • Political Intrigue • Mystery/Thriller

 TECHNICALLY 3.8 ROUNDED TO 4

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…

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I hadn't read book three in a while so it took me a bit to get into the grove of the series. The book carried over some annoying habits but incorporated a wide variety of new goodies that made it more enjoyable than the last book.

Here are some of the things that she should have buried and not resurrected in this latest installment. A BIG one is the extensive rehashing of general information, plots and mythology. We already know all this or we wouldn't have pick up and started book four. We KNOW about the cafeteria food. We KNOW what posters are on her wall. We KNOW about the buildings and campus. I mean really... enough already. 
                                       

Gwen needs to stop putting herself down... especially when comparing herself to Logan. Ugh. We all have feelings of insecurity and as females that never really dies out. However, her putting Logan on a pedestal is overkill and I had to roll my eyes on that one. Gwen needs to gain some stability about herself. She needs to decide that she's pretty and cool or decide to be happy however weird she thinks she is. Either way is fine just decide to like yourself. It is her monologues... especially about how unacceptable and deficient she is... well... they are killing me. They make me act like a 7 year old boy being told off by the teacher. I plug my ears and sing a little tune to make it go away. Pretty pitiful of me I know.


I really liked some new characters and mythological beings she threw into the mix. I'll just throw these words out: snakes, poisonous truth serum, gryphon statues and new swords. Sorry, I can't explain more or I'll spoil it. Let me just say Estep introduced a new character that I think you are REALLY going to like. Meet the brooding, Russian named Alexei. And oh yeah.. he was the guy Oliver had a new crush on. I'd have a fiction crush on him, but since he bats for the other team.. AKA Oliver.. hint hint. However the reasons why Alexei is really there don't get fleshed out until well into the novel.  Hmmm... the plot thickens. Could love finally be in the air for our precious Oliver?


There was a new side to Gwen and it shone like a lighthouse on a foggy night towards the end of the book. May I just say she grew some HUGE cajones and did some AMAZING acts of courage and strength towards the end that left me hugging my pillow. Tight.



Estep has some brilliant character writing, which is usually not the case when you have this large an ensemble. Nickamedes was as lovable and annoying as ever. Gwen's friends did not play large roles this time around, but stayed nicely in the mix. Except Oliver. With his newest love interest now residing at The Academy, you KNOW he's going to play a major role. Logan was a major player in this book as well and boy did things get out of control in the last half. Wow. Sigh... I want to say more but ugh.. don't want to spoil it. The chill in the Academy air got colder due to some new evil characters. You are going to fall in love...or hate... with. I can't say! **Rubbing hands and while laughing with an evil grin**

Gwen and Logan's relationship was gradually building throughout this book but it had some 60 story high bumps that gave it immense interest and tear-jerking reactions from me. Bravo. So many times writers get to this point and their writing of the relationships gets as stale as month old bread. Yuck.

I was pleasantly surprised by the plot twists. There were some events that I didn't see coming. Though I admit one of the biggest events I saw a mile away. And can I tell you... screaming at the characters in your book doesn't seem to get their attention. It certainly got my husband's though. The last chapter was making me bawl again. I appreciate well done scenes and that pulled my heart strings. The ending was killer. Literally. 

                                      

Book five is due out this fall so I will be very anxious to get my hands on to get some relief from this cliffhanger of an ending!



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