Dark Frost

Dark Frost : A Mythos Academy Novel

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An amazingly addictive new series. Fresh Fiction I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me--again. Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects--and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me--and I'm in for the fight of my life. Praise for Touch of Frost "A great start to a new young adult paranormal series." Night Owl Reviews "At the Mythos Academy, surviving high school means staying alive!" Kerrelyn Sparks "It has literally everything: mystery, romance, mythology, boarding schools. What could be better?" --Simply Nerdy Book Reviews"show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30mm | 399.16g
  • Kensington Publishing
  • KTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white line drawings
  • 0758266960
  • 9780758266965
  • 81,967

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Dark Frost By: Jennifer Estep Copyright: June 2012 Publisher: K teen I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me-again. Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects-and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me-and I'm in for the fight of my life. Leaving a summer assignment till the last second is of course standard fare in High School. More so at Mythos Academy where the students have abilities most normal humans can't imagine. Gwen and her friends are visiting the Crius Coliseum in search of information for her Myth-History assignment. Gwen and her friends are each drawn to different artifacts on display, Daphne was interested in a curved bow that was made from a single piece of onyx and strung with golden threads. It had a matching quiver with a single golden arrow in it. The bow once belonged to Sigyn, the Norse Goddess of Devotion. Carson was drawn to an ivory horn that looked like a miniature tuba. It also had bits of onyx glimmering on its surface. The plaque explaining that It was the Horn of Roland. At about this time Vic, Gwen's snarky sword piped up about how boring the bow was, and that it wasn't a real weapon, and goes on to belittle Carson's choice of a staff as a weapon.. Gwen is deep in thought, remembering her mother's murder and the reaper she desperately wants revenge on. It was about this time Nickamedes, her boss at the Library of Antiquities noticed her and walked over with a sneer on his face. Gwen turned at the sound of his voice and asked him what he was doing at the exhibit. "Overseeing the exhibit, of course. Most of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Library of Antiquities." Nickamedes stared at her and with his mouth twisting comments, "I see that you and your friends waited until the last possible second to finish your assignments. Looking around Gwen notices many other students doing the same thing she and her friends are. But she knows better than to start with him. Gwen decides that silence is the better part of valor and looks around to see if Logan is around. As she starts to ask him about how his winter break went, all hell seems to break loose. As Gwen and Logan start to head in the direction of the screams Daphne pulls them back, reminding them that they have no idea what they'd be walking into. The group of four creep around to see what is happening, and find their fellow students being attacked by Reapers...... Could there be a more exciting way to start off Gwen's next adventure? With this attack, Gwen and company are looking at more action and fighting, and a new set of challenges for the year. Ms. Estep has a way of drawing me into the picture and I feel like I'm right there (hiding behind a strong exhibit case) watching everything with my own two eyes. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.show more
by Nora-Adrienne Deret
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/review-dark-frost-by-jennifer-estep/ Finally. Finally Jennifer Estep has given me a book that I've been craving. What I didn't like the most about her previous two Mythos Academy books was that they seemed like petty mysteries. (Oh, and I'm totally going to spoil the books right here, so if you haven't read them yet, I'd suggest looking away.) In the first one, a girl faked her own murder so that her best friend and her boyfriend, who were hooking up behind her back, would feel bad. That's a silly motive for a fake murder. And then in the second book, the brother of the girl who faked her murder wanted to kill Gwen because he thought she killed his sister. Slightly better, but still silly. But FINALLY, we get a good mystery here: Gwen is trying to find the girl who murdered her mom. Once again, I was a bit bothered by the repeating information from the previous novels, but that could also (once again) be because I read this back-to-back from the prequel. And once again, I was really bothered by how predictable the book was, since I was certain that so-and-so was Loki's champion long before her identity was revealed. AND I knew where her mom was hiding the Helheim dagger. (Seriously, nothing fools me these days.) I still liked Gwen's snarky attitude though and the new twist on her touch magic. The characters in this novel were really fun, though a little clich�???�??�?�©d, of course. But my favorite characters are always non-human: Vic (a sword) and Nott (a Fenrir wolf). Because Vic is just HILARIOUS and Nott is just ADORABLE (though she can be frightening). Jennifer Estep did make an attempt to make Gwen less stupid, so I'm happy about that. 'Cause Gwen actually sort-of guessed right at Loki's champion's identity, though I honestly still think she should have gotten the clue way before. I was irritated with the romance in this book. Sure, Logan and Gwen both have admitted that they liked each other, but are they doing anything about it? No. Really, could they give it a try? But the ending satisfied me enough, along with that excerpt from Crimson Frost. Dark Frost is a promising novel; the ending tells of more to come, both plot-wise and romance-wise. Even though I was unsatisfied with its predictability, I know that I will eagerly await Crimson Frost. Source: Galley received from publisher for reviewshow more
by Linda
Dark Frost is the book in the Mythos Academy where things really begin to change; the stakes are raised, true losses are felt, and some huge events are fully set in motion. New characters are introduced, both good and bad, and some loose ends are finally tied up (well- sort of). And it was while reading this third book in the series that I realized how many similarities it bears to Harry Potter - in this case, Dark Frost would be like Harry Potter 4 & 5 which are notably the books where significant deaths occur and everyone starts to realize they're growing up. Teen angst overload included. The difference is that Mythos Academy definitely has a slightly older feel to it, and more modern (and I have to say that it does lack a certain wizarding charm- but that's extremely hard to come by)! Reasons to Read: 1.Everything gets taken up a notch: Seriously, EVERYTHING is just that much better and amped up in this one. The fight scenes, the mystery, the villains, and yes, even the kissing! Dark Frost is the book where we really get to see Gwen & company begin to grow up and mature into older teens/young adults. They have important decisions to make that will ultimately affect many future events. 2.There's real, genuine loss: It may sound kind of twisted to make this a reason to read, but I appreciate books when things don't turn out perfectly happy and everything's left risk-free. The death of characters is always a hard thing to deal with, but it's handled expertly here. A few meaningful, powerful deaths make this book an unforgettable one that quickly change the direction of the series, and make it far more impressive than it was at first. There's just something terribly haunting about it, that makes it all the more lovely in a bittersweet sort of way. 3.We finally get to see some of the REAL Gwen- and boy, is she something!: Gwen's been hiding away for the first couple of books- not entirely reaching her full potential, and rather content to remain in the shadows within the background. But she's finally forced to step out, and we begin to see just hints of what she might be capable of... it's terrifying for her, understandably, and we definitely get to see more of her character (oh, and along with learning more about Logan FINALLY). I also realize that I need to back up my Harry Potter claims - and this is the one thing where I found it kind of took away from the story overall. It's a bit of a complaint I have with Harry Potter as well, but I found it to be a tad too formulaic. You have your super special snowflake teen, with dead parents (who kept a number of secrets, including that their kid is super special). You have the angry, bitter teacher (who used to have a certain crush...) and the older wise and kindly mentor. A weakened villain trying to take over and kill everyone, and a super secret league of bad guys (a.k.a. thugs). And a lovable pet. It just feels TOO overdone for me, and far too predictable by now since these concepts are found in so many other books. Yet it only barely took away from my enjoyment. Because it's still a formula that works, and works very well. These types of books are an easy buy, just because it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll love them and there's something to be said for that. ARC received from publisher for review.show more
by Brenna Staats
It's great to start a book and be completely taken in from the first page. That's what happened with Dark Frost. It starts off almost straight away into an exciting action scene. Once again, Gwen finds herself fighting for her life against Reapers, alongside Logan. This time accompanied by Daphne and her boyfriend Carson. They, along with a lot of other students from Mythos, are at the Crious Coliseum, studying the artefacts for a quiz in myth history, when the museum is attacked by Reapers. Some of the students are killed and a lot are injured. The Reapers are looking for the Helheim dagger, which was hidden years ago by Gwen's mother Grace, when she was a Champion of Nike. They don't find it, but they seem to have an idea where it is. Gwen must find it before the Reapers do as it can be used to free Loki from the prison realm he is trapped in and start another Chaos War. After the kiss between Logan and Gwen in Kiss of Frost, Logan has cooled off again. She knows he cares for her, but he is still letting his secret stand between them. I was just rooting for them to hurry up and get together already. This did feel kind of predictable at times though and Gwen was giving hints to the reader but yet didn't seem to be copping onto them herself which was a bit annoying at times. Overall though, I was completely entertained. The reading flowed really well and I enjoyed the stories and the great characters that are a part of this series. I am looking forward to the next instalment, Crimson Frost. Having read the first chapter, I think it is going to be a good one.show more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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