ARC Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted December 18th, 2012 in Uncategorized / 12 comments

Crimson Frost

Mythos Academy Series, #4

by Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Kensington (Dec 24, 2012)
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

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…

At A Glance
I just love Jennifer Estep so much. I think everything she writes is gold. This book was no different. But you know me. I found one or two things that bothered me. But I still loved every minute of Crimson Frost.

The Good
Here’s The Story…
It was all going so well. A little coffee, a little flirty banter, a little murder accusation. Yeah, you heard me. Finally Logan and Gwen had a chance to go on their first date, then the Mythos Academy “police” came and took Gwen away for freeing the evil Loki from his prison and taking part in the Reapers overall mayhem and murder schemes. Now on trial for crimes she didn’t commit, Gwen has to watch her back as every student at the school comes after her. But they aren’t the only ones who want her dead. There is more to these accusations than meets the eye. Gwen has to figure out who is leading the charge against her and kill them before they kill her.

Nerves of Steel…
OMG. This book scared the crap out of me. If I were Gwen I would be hiding in a corner, rocking back and forth, trying to think happy thoughts. How Gwen faces her entire school, in which almost every student wants her dead, is beyond me. She may be self-deprecating, but we all know she has nerves of steel. I was so, so pissed when the Academy “police” took Gwen into custody, paraded her around and accused her in front of everyone without letting her state her side. It was horrible. Like a nightmare.

Trooper Gwen…
Gwen is a trooper though. She may break down internally, but she always keeps a brave face in front of everyone else. She follows her normal routine despite all the hate and accusations. Her friends also stay by her side through it all. Gwen handled herself well and I felt proud of her. She has always been strong and determined and she is only growing more so in each book.

*Sighs* Logan….
Logan was very supportive of Gwen as his dad, the head of the Academy “police,” treated her like crap. It was like his father’s mind was set that she was guilty, no matter how much the evidence might say otherwise. Logan was so caring and sweet. He tried to keep Gwen positive no matter how far she was kicked down. But the ending was devastating. I can’t reveal much, but that damn Logan really knows how to throw a pity party.

And Who Might You Be?
Alexei was an interesting new character. He was assigned to guard Gwen. He was so mysterious at first. I didn’t know what to make of him. I hated him sometimes because of his actions, but I also understood his position. I don’t want to reveal too much but I was so happy to find out his connection to one of the beloved characters in the series. I can’t wait to see what other tricks this guy has up his sleeves.

Here’s My Heart, Estep…
Crimson Frost left me raw. My emotions took a hit because Gwen goes through so much crap that it felt like I went through it all right along with her. The unfairness was off the charts. Sure, Estep tore out my heart but her amazing writing and perfect pacing made it all worth it. The story sucked me in right away and never let go. The ending was gasp worthy as well as heart-wrenching. I love Gwen’s story and can’t wait to see what it going to happen next.

The Bad
The only thing I can complain about is that I feel like the series as a whole is now dragging a bit. The plots are becoming too similar and not enough forward momentum is happening. I want the fight between the goodies and the badies to be more progressive. Some big changes would be nice.

The Snuggly
Logan and Gwen’s relationship is still slow going. They are very cute together but it seems every time they take one step forward, they take two steps back. Really, it’s Logan’s fault. He needs to grow a pair. Harsh but true.

Final Thoughts
Though I would like to see some more plot variation for the next books, I was very pleased with Crimson Frost. We were introduced to new characters and taken on an emotional roller coaster and it was all worth it. This series and book is highly recommended.

“How is it that you always know just what to do and say to make me feel better?” I said.

Logan grinned. “Just another part of that Spartan killer instinct. I can slay the ladies just as well as I can reapers.” 


“I can’t believe you just walked in here this morning like everything was okay, like we all don’t know what you did–and what a traitorous Reaper bitch you are.”

The kids circled around me murmured their agreement. My gaze went from one face to the next, but all I saw was anger–anger and no mercy. I wasn’t psychic, not like Grandma Frost was, but I knew what would happen now. The other kids couldn’t take their rage and frustration out on the Reapers who’d murdered their loved ones, so they were going to lash out at the next best thing–me.

Mythos Academy Series:
Book #1: Touch of Frost
Book #2: Kiss of Frost
Book #3: Dark Frost
Book #4: Crimson Frost (Dec 24, 2012)
Book #5: Midnight Frost (Aug 2013)

Don’t forget to enter the Crimson Frost giveaway I am running for a print copy of the book.


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12 Responses to “ARC Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Alex

    I’m glad you highly recommend this, because the premise sounds brilliant. I hope the series doesn’t continue to drag on for you, but nonetheless you seemed to really enjoy it! Great review 🙂

    Alex @ Possession of Books

  2. Sarah Elizabeth

    Don’t think I’d cope too well if my entire school wanted me dead either. She musts have some real guts to put up with that!
    So intrigued as to what this ‘devestating’ ending is now 🙂

  3. Julie H.

    I keep meaning to start this series. I’ve heard good things about it. The synopsis for this one sounds good. Great review as always!

  4. Elisa

    Oh man! That clinches it, I have a gift certificate and I am getting the first one…because once I read one, the rest of the series follows. (amazing how that happens) 🙂 Great review!!

  5. Nitzan-Katia Schwarz

    I’m having some trouble with this series. I read the first one and enjoyed it, and then I started to read the second one and just STOPPED midway. It didn’t hold my attention, I had to crawl through the pages, and I have yet to return to it… :/

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