ARC Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted February 20th, 2014 in book review / 20 comments


Mythos Academy Series #6

by Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Kensington Books (Feb 25, 2014)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Format: eARC (384 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (Netgalley) for honest review
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Rating: ★★★½ (4.5 stars)

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.

At A Glance
What a great ending to a great series.

The Good
NOOOOO! It’s over. The world it ending. Life as we know it is kaput! Okay, maybe it’s not that bad, but when I found out this was the last book of the series I wanted to hit lots and lots of things, and maybe a few people. 😉 So, yes, this is it. No more Mythos Academy. But what a hell of a ride, right?

This was by far the best book of the series. Almost everything I would complain about with each book was blessedly not present in Killer Frost. The pacing was perfect. I wasn’t bored for a second, and the story as a whole felt solid and complete. Each character got their own little happy ending (for the most part) and it all felt right!

Gwen has grown so much since book 1. She has lost most of her insecurities and shyness and has become her own woman and warrior. She took this story by the balls and kicked ass and took names. Gwen refused to be pushed over or intimidated. She took a lot if risks in Killer Frost because it felt right and that’s all that mattered. She didn’t let anyone stand in her way, even her friends. She finally realized that this fight with Loki and the Reapers was bigger than her and that sacrifices had to be made. But that didn’t mean she would let another of her loved ones get hurt. Never that. Gwen became the badass rule breaker I always hoped she would become and I loved reading every second of her journey.

I loved how much strategy Gwen and the others came up with this time around. I didn’t like the feeling of randomness and luck with the battles in the last books. This time Gwen almost always had a plan and they made sense. She didn’t go into anything blind or unprepared. And the support from her friends was so heartwarming. That has always been my favorite part of this series, the amazing friendships these kids have. I think anyone would be lucky to have loyal and caring friends like Gwen has gained.

The writing, as always, was great, and the dialogue was funny and natural. I would recommend Mythos Academy series to all YA lovers. I hope to see these characters again someday. Hint, hint, Estep!

The Bad
I wanted a little more time with Logan and Gwen together. It felt like Logan was MIA for a good part of the book. And for three-fourths of the story Logan and Gwen’s relationship was rocky. The past was still haunting them and only at the very end were they starting to be okay.

The Snuggly
Even though I wish there was more good times with Logan and Gwen, I still loved them together and was happy with how their relationship fared i the end.

The loving was very YA, just kissing.

Final Thoughts
If you loved this series from the beginning, then you will be blown away by the ending. It was almost perfect. Everything and everyone had an ending that felt right.  If you haven’t, you should start this series soon! Highly recommended.

“They always have a plan within a plan within a plan. You should know that better than anyone. “

“No matter what happens, no matter what we do, no matter who or what comes between us, I love you. I want you to know that.”

“Self-sacrifice is a very powerful thing, especially if you do it of your own free will.”

“All I could do was stand there, clutching the candle, and let the intense rush of power wash over me again and again, each wave a little hotter and brighter than the one before, and sweeping more and more of me away with it, as though the violet spark at the center of my being was melting like the white wax of the candle should have been.”

Mythos Academy Series (My Reviews):
Book #3: Dark Frost
Book #4: Crimson Frost
Book #4.5: Spartan Frost
Book #5:  Midnight Frost
Book #6: Killer Frost

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20 Responses to “ARC Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Melanie

    I originally was going to buy this book (the first in the series) then hesitated because of the really mixed reviews however I think I might try borrowing it from the library now!

    Lovely review, Jennifer! <33

  2. elisa

    Oh I am so excited! I enjoyed the first book and just need to find a little time to pick up #2 (and 3 and 4…) lol – Great review!

  3. Braine TS

    You know I love EA, I’ll probably read this next after I’m caught up with Gin’s adventures. Have you read her superhero series too?

  4. Lily B

    Have not read the series but excited to hear the ending was perfect. Final books always scare me because I am scared it will ruin my love for the series heh

  5. Mia Searles

    Yet another series I’ve heard great things about, but never jumped on the bandwagon! The good thing is, now that the series is over, I can read them without having to wait months in between for the next to come out!

    Great review and glad the series ending was satisfying for you. Nothing worse then devoting your time to a series and being disappointed with the way the author chooses to wrap things up. 🙂

    Mia @The Muses Circle

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