Book Review: Dark Frost

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Title: Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Summary: [from GoodReads]

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.

My Review

I have loved this series from the very beginning. The mythology is fun, the boarding school is awesome and the love interest is dreamy. But, unfortunately, this one fell a little short of the others for me.

It starts off well enough, catapulting us straight into the action. BIG THINGS are happening, it says. You will not want to put this book down! And then things slow down and resume normal pace. Gwen is searching for the dagger and getting nowhere, she’s desperate for revenge, she’s screwing up her relationship with Logan (again) blah, blah, same old. That by itself wouldn’t be too bad – I can stand a little of “same old” if I like it enough the first time around.

Then came the blow that really kind of killed it for me. A mere 50 or so pages in, I knew exactly who the “mysterious” reaper was. And it wasn’t in a “aren’t I clever for catching the clues” kind of way. It was one of those where the writing itself is a dead giveaway. Kind of like, when watching certain crime dramas, you know that the first suspect they interview is somehow going to turn out to be the murderer, because he/she ALWAYS turns out to be the murderer. And, I’m sorry, but that’s just sloppy. I shouldn’t be able to say “Hey, I’ve never met them before, they must be the bad guy.” I want to figure it out from context and clues and stuff that makes me think!

If this weren’t a mythology/boarding school book, I would probably not choose to read any more of the series. I’m not a fan of predictability, and I never will be. But, since I like the premise, I’ll give it another book or two to turn around. You never know – things can change.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Dark Frost”

  1. ALexa says:

    Aw this one was my favorite I was a little let down in the fourth book but I still love Logan, he is one of my favorite YA male characters.

    Thanks for the great review!

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