Tuesday, May 22, 2012

On Nott: A Review of Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

I received an ARC of Dark Frost from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third book in the Mythos Academy series, featuring a gypsy named Gwen. Gwen is a champion of the goddess Nike, and she's charged with finding and hiding a special dagger. This dagger has the ability to free the evil god, Loki, who would unleash chaos on the world.

Positive Comments:

I find Gwen extremely charming. I like that she's a comic book geek. She's blossomed a great deal since book one, going from loner to a confident young woman who supports her friends and flirts with Logan.

Logan is sexy as hell. He's a tormented bad boy, which is an extremely popular archetype, and I can't get enough of him. I'm anxious to see Logan and Gwen finally start to connect on a deeper level.

The secondary characters are fantastic. In this on, I give special mention to Grandma Frost, who kicks ass and bakes cookies. I love that. I also loved Nott, Gwen's mythical wolf companion.

This story was action packed from start to finish. It opens with a battle, has a mystery in the middle and finishes off with some big, game changing events.

Critical Comments:

Some of Gwen's actions--or lack of action--maddened me. She makes questionable (arguably stupid) decisions, and then when things go bad as a result, she survives only by luck and because her friends rescue her. I want to believe that she will improve in this--that soon Gwen will be standing on her own feet. But three books in, I expected more.

Recommendation:

I'm very fond of this series. I'd recommend it to fantasy fans, young adults, and those who love mythology. 4 stars.

Buy from Amazon: Dark Frost: A Mythos Academy Novel

16 comments:

  1. Great and balanced review! I've only read book of this series but I definitely need to continue as I've seen lots of great reviews for book 3! :)

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    1. I can see it getting better as the series goes on! Happy Reading!

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  2. Thanks for the review. I havent read any books in this series, but it sounds very intriguing! I will be checking them out!

    Thanks

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  3. Haven't read Estep before but I keep seeing her name pop up and thinking I need to grab a copy. Love a good tormented bad boy :) Sounds like an interesting one. Thanks for pointing it out!

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    1. <3 bad boys, lots.

      Jennifer Estep also has an adult urban fantasy series that I've been meaning to dip my toes in, when I get the chance. Happy reading!

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  4. I'm kind of sad that she's still making some stupid decisions but I think I'm like you and that I'll still enjoy the book. I can't wait to read this one cause I really enjoyed the first two!

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    1. Yeah...I just really expected more of her by now. But I feel like we are getting somewhere, and Gwen definitely is growing up.

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  5. I totally forgot to give props to Grandma Frost. She is sooo kickass. And yes, Gwen did grow some in this book, but some of her decisions were questionable. I hope she doesn't always have to get rescued.

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    1. Grandma Frost is the kind of grandma I would aspire to be. I just need to acquire some fighting skills and...oh yeah, have children.

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  6. Great review!! I just reviewed this one a few days ago :) I really like it and I thought it was a great addition to an awesome series :)

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    1. This is such an engaging series, isn't it?

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  7. Doesn't sounds so bad, I'll keep this series in mind since I like fantasy :P

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  8. I love mythology! I haven't heard of this series before, but now I'll definitely be adding it to my to-read list. :) Thanks for the review!

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