Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy Series #4)

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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? ...

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Overview

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. . .

"An amazingly addictive new series."--Fresh Fiction

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"Kiss of Frost has just as much ass-kicking as the first book in the series." --Good Choice Reading

"Lots of twists and turns and a surprise ending will leave the reader breathless!" --RT Book Reviews on Kiss of Frost, 4 Stars

"A great start to a new young adult paranormal series." --Night Owl Reviews on Touch of Frost

"It has literally everything: mystery, romance, mythology, boarding schools. What could be better?" --Simply Nerdy Book Reviews on Touch of Frost

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  • ISBN-13: 9781469284002
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Mythos Academy Series , #4
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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CRIMSON FROST

A Mythos Academy Novel
By Jennifer Estep

KTEEN BOOKS

Copyright © 2013 Jennifer Estep
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-8146-3


Chapter One

"I have a confession to make."

Logan Quinn looked at me. "Really, Gypsy girl? What's that?"

I shifted on my feet. "I don't actually like coffee."

The Spartan stared at me a moment before his lips curved up into a teasing grin. "You probably should have mentioned that before now."

Yeah, I probably should have, since we were in a coffee shop. A large counter; lots of comfy leather chairs; wrought-iron tables; paintings of gods and goddesses on the walls; a display case full of blueberry scones, raspberry tarts, and decadent chocolate cheesecakes. Kaldi Coffee looked like your typical java joint, except that everything was first class and super-pricey all the way, from the fancy espresso machines that hissed and burped to the rich, dark aroma of the ridiculously expensive coffee that flavored the air.

Then again, such luxury was the norm in the upscale stores in Cypress Mountain, North Carolina. The Mythos Academy kids accepted nothing less than the best, and Kaldi's was one of the most popular places to Hang Out and Be Seen when the students had free time, like we did today. Afternoon classes and activities had been cancelled so all the kids could attend some big assembly at the academy's amphitheater later on. I wasn't sure what the assembly was going to be about. Probably some more hearty reassurances from the professors and staff that all us warrior whiz kids were as safe as we could be at the academy, now that Loki was free.

For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I'd ever seen. One side so perfect, with its golden hair, piercing blue eye, and smooth features. The other side so completely ruined, with its limp strings of black hair, red eye, and melted skin.

Loki—the evil god that I'd helped set free against my will.

A shudder rippled through my body. Thanks to my psychometry magic, I never forgot anything I saw, but the image of Loki's double-face was burned into my memory. No matter what I was doing or whom I was with, no matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw the Norse trickster god's image everywhere I went. Gleaming in the windows of my classrooms, shining in the glossy surface of my dorm room desk, shimmering in the mirror, like a devil perched on my shoulder.

I shuddered again. It had taken all the strength I had not to scream when I'd brushed my hair this morning and had suddenly seen Loki grinning at me in my bathroom mirror, the perfect side of his face lifted up into a smile, and the ruined side turned down into a horrible, twisted sneer—

"Gypsy girl?" Logan asked in a soft voice. "Are you still here with me?"

I pushed all thoughts of Loki away and made myself smile at the Spartan even though I wanted nothing more than to wrap my arms around myself and huddle into a ball in the corner.

"I know, I know," I grumbled. "I should have told you that I don't actually drink coffee. I just didn't want anything to ruin our first date, and when you suggested coffee ..."

"You went along with it," Logan finished.

I shrugged.

Maybe it was thinking of Loki and his split face, but as I looked at Logan, I was once again reminded of how different we were. Simply put, Logan Quinn was gorgeous, with his thick, ink-black hair and intense ice-blue eyes. His designer jeans, blue sweater, and expensive leather jacket only highlighted how strong and muscled his body was.

Next to him, I pretty much faded into the background. The most interesting thing about my wavy brown hair was how frizzy it was today. You might look twice at my eyes, which were an unusual shade of violet, but the only thing special about me was the necklace I wore. Six silver strands curved around my throat before their diamond-tipped points formed a snowflake in the middle of the design. A Christmas gift from Logan, one that I almost always wore, even though it didn't exactly go with my plain gray sweater, purple plaid jacket, and not-so-designer jeans and sneakers.

And it wasn't just our looks and clothes that were different. Logan was a fierce Spartan warrior who was the best fighter at the academy. I was still trying to figure out how to wield a sword, even though I was Nike's Champion, the girl picked by the Greek goddess of victory to help her fight Loki and his Reapers of Chaos here in the mortal realm. Something I had failed at pretty miserably so far, since Loki was now free and bent on plunging the world into a second Chaos War.

"You know what, Gypsy girl?" Logan said, once again interrupting my troubled thoughts. "Nothing could ruin this date. Ask me why."

"Why?"

He slung his arm around my shoulder and grinned. "Because I'm on it with you."

And suddenly, everything was okay, and I could breathe again.

That's why I was head over heels for the Spartan. Logan could be everything from fun and flirty to stubborn and infuriating, but then he went and said things like that. Was it any wonder I had such a massive crush on him?

Okay, okay, so maybe it had started out as a crush a few months ago, but given everything we'd been through, my feelings for him had quickly deepened into something more: love. At least, that's what I thought it was; that's what it felt like to me—this warm, soft, fizzy feeling that filled my heart whenever the Spartan grinned at me, whenever he teased me or tried to make me forget about my worries.

Like now.

I sighed and put my head on his shoulder. Logan hugged me to his chest. He didn't say anything, but he didn't need to. Just being close to him was enough for me, after all these months we'd spent dancing around each other.

"You guys ready to order?" the barista asked.

We stepped up to the counter. The Spartan ordered a triple espresso since he loved the caffeine rush, while I got a hot, honey-pomegranate tea. Logan started to pull his wallet out of his jeans, but I beat him to it and handed the barista a twenty-dollar bill.

"My treat," I said. "After all, I'm the one who suggested coffee in the first place way back when."

Logan nodded. "That you did. All right, Gypsy girl. Your treat. This time. The next round's on me."

We got our drinks and went over to a table in the corner of the shop next to a stone fireplace. Since the students had been given the afternoon off, we weren't the only Mythos kids who'd decided to come to Kaldi's and get something to eat and drink before the assembly started in another half hour or so. I spotted several students I knew, including Kenzie Tanaka, Logan's Spartan friend, who was on his own date with Talia Pizarro, a pretty Amazon in my gym class. I waved at them, and Kenzie winked at me before turning his attention back to Talia.

"What is he doing here with her?" A sneering voice drifted over to me.

I looked to my right to see Helena Paxton staring at me. Helena was a stunning Amazon with caramel-colored hair and eyes. Since Jasmine Ashton's death back in the fall, Helena had established herself as the new mean-girl queen of the second-year students at Mythos. She sat at a nearby table with two of her Amazon friends, all of them dressed in pricey jeans, stiletto boots, and tight, fitted sweaters; they had perfect hair, jewelry, purses, and makeup to match.

"I thought Logan's standards were a little higher than that. Guess I was wrong. Then again, guys will do anything—and anyone—to get some."

Helena's voice was low, but the cruel smile on her face told me that she meant for me to hear every word. I'd never done anything to Helena, except stand up for another girl she'd been teasing, but that had been enough to put me on the Amazon's hit list. Now, every time she saw me, Helena went out of her way to be snotty to me. Try as I might, I could never seem to get the best of the Amazon, not even dream up a quick comeback to get her to shut up.

Helena whispered something to her friends, and they all started snickering. My hand tightened around my mug of tea. Not for the first time, I wished that I had an Amazon's quickness so I could bean Helena in the head with it. But she would only catch the mug and throw it back at me before I could blink.

"Ignore them," Logan said. "They're just jealous that you're here with me."

I rolled my eyes. "Yeah. You and your ego."

His grin widened, and I couldn't help but laugh. No matter how bad things got, the Spartan could always make me laugh, if only for a moment. Something else that added to that warm, fizzy feeling in my chest.

We sat there in silence, listening to the murmurs from the other kids and the gurgles of the espresso machines. After all the battles we'd survived recently, it was nice to just hang out with Logan without worrying about what was going to happen next or what Reapers might be lurking around, masquerading as students, professors, or even the coffee shop staff.

But after a few minutes, the reality of the situation hit me. I was on a date with Logan freaking Quinn, one of the cutest guys at Mythos—and I had no idea what to say to him.

"So ..." I said. "What do people talk about on dates?" Logan looked up from his espresso. "What do you mean?"

I shifted in my seat. "I mean, you have a lot more experience at this than I do."

In fact, Logan had a reputation for being a total man-whore who went from one girl to the next. Me? I'd had exactly one boyfriend for a grand total of three weeks before I'd met Logan. So going on a date was still sort of a new experience for me. Besides, the Spartan had this natural, easy charm that made everyone like him—girls and guys alike. Me? I was about as charming as a wet sock.

"I know what we talk about at the academy. You know, weapons training, where Loki might be hiding, when he's going to come and kill us all, how we're supposed to stop him."

Actually, that last one was more like how I was supposed to kill the god. Yeah, me, kill an actual living, breathing, walking, talking god. And not just any god, but Loki, who was pretty much evil incarnate.

But that was the seemingly impossible mission that Nike had given me the last time I'd seen her a couple of weeks ago—something that I hadn't shared with Logan or any of my friends. Kill a god. I had no idea how the goddess expected me to do that. I had no idea how anyone could do that, especially me, Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl who touched stuff and saw things.

Logan kept staring at me, and I found myself opening my mouth once more.

"I guess we could talk about how I'm actually getting a little better at using weapons, although I doubt that I'll ever be in your league. Or we could talk about Nyx, and how totally cute she is. Or Daphne and her healing magic. Or Carson and how obsessed he is with the winter concert the band is putting together ..."

Babbling. I was finally out on a real date with Logan, and I was babbling like a wind-up doll someone had cranked into high gear.

Logan reached over and put his hand on top of mine, which was still wrapped around my mug. "Relax, Gypsy girl. Relax. You're doing fine. We don't have to talk about anything, if you don't want to. I'm just happy to be here with you. It's nice to just sit here and relax, with everything that's been going on these past few weeks. You know?"

His fingers felt warm against my own, but more than that, I felt the warmth in Logan's heart—and all his feelings. His strength, his bravery, his determination to fight Reapers and to protect me no matter what. All those images, all those feelings, flashed through my mind, driving away all my doubts about me, Logan, and everything else that was going on right now.

My Gypsy gift let me know, see, and feel the history of any object I touched. Given that, I had to be careful about touching things and, most especially, people. More than once, my hand had brushed against someone's, and I'd realized that what he said didn't match what he felt. That's what had happened with my first boyfriend. He'd kissed me, and I'd realized that he was really thinking about another girl instead.

But there was nothing to be afraid of with Logan. I knew all the Spartan's secrets, and he knew mine. Well, except for the whole Gwen's-supposed-to-kill-Loki thing. I still wasn't sure exactly how to bring that up, and I wasn't going to. Not today. There would be time enough to obsess and worry about that later. Right now, I just wanted to enjoy my date with Logan.

"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 rolled my eyes and leaned over to punch him in the shoulder—and managed to knock over my tea and his espresso. Liquid cascaded all over the table, most of it spilling off the far side and into Logan's lap. The Spartan jumped up, but he didn't have an Amazon's quickness, so he couldn't avoid getting soaked.

"Sorry!" I said, getting to my own feet. "I'm so sorry!"

I reached for the silver holder on the table, intending to rip some napkins out of it, but instead I ended up knocking it to the ground as well. The napkin holder clang-cla-cla-clanged across the floor.

By the time the holder skidded to a stop and the noise faded away, everyone in the shop had turned to stare at us. Embarrassment made my cheeks burn, while Logan looked like he'd had water dumped all over him.

"Sorry," I mumbled again.

"It's okay," Logan said, holding his hands out to his sides to keep from touching his now-sticky clothes. "I'll just go get cleaned up."

He headed off toward the bathroom. I sighed, picked up the holder, put it back on the table, grabbed some napkins out of it, and started mopping up the mess. After a few seconds, most people went back to their conversations—except for Helena and her friends. They were too busy laughing at me to talk.

I put my head down, ignored them, and cleaned up the liquid as fast as I could before wiping my hands off. I threw all the used napkins into a trash can, then sat down and slumped as low as I could in my chair. So far, this date hadn't exactly been a big success—or even just the fun time I'd wanted it to be. Once again, I'd messed up everything without even trying. Sometimes, I thought that was my specialty in life.

I was so busy brooding that I didn't pay any attention when the door to Kaldi's opened, and three men trooped inside. Once again, all conversation stopped, and I felt a collective emotion ripple off everyone in the shop: fear.

"The Protectorate," I heard Helena whisper.

The Protectorate? What was that? I'd never heard of them before, but apparently they knew me because the men walked in my direction, their eyes fixed on my face.

I tensed, then sat up in my seat, wondering who the men were and what they wanted. Could they be Reapers come to attack the students? I'd wanted to be alone with Logan, so I'd left Vic, my talking sword, in my dorm room. Stupid of me not to bring the weapon, even though we'd only been getting coffee. I should have known by now that nothing was simple at Mythos—not even my first date with Logan.

My eyes scanned the shop, looking for something I could use as a weapon, but the only things within arm's reach were the two mugs and the napkin holder on my table. I wrapped my hand around the napkin holder and put it in my lap under the table and out of sight of the men.

This wouldn't be the first time Reapers had attacked me. If these men decided to do the same, well, I'd think of something. Besides, one good scream, and Logan would come running out of the bathroom to help me.

One of the men stepped up and stared down at me. He was handsome enough, with blond hair and pale blue eyes, but his mouth was fixed in a firm frown, as if he constantly found fault with everyone around him. He looked at me, and I stared at him a moment before my gaze moved to the two men flanking him. One of the men was tall and slender, while the other was short, with a body that looked fat but was really all hard muscle.

The strangest thing was that the men all had on dark gray robes over their winter clothes. The robes reminded me of the black ones the Reapers always wore, although the men weren't sporting hideous, rubber Loki masks like Reapers did. Instead, a symbol was stitched into their robes in white thread on their left collars close to their throats—a hand holding a balanced set of scales.

I'd seen that symbol before. It was carved into the ceiling of the prison in the bottom of the math-science building on campus, and it had also been in the middle of the Garm gate that Vivian Holler had used to free Loki. My unease kicked up another notch. Nothing good was ever associated with that image, as far as I was concerned.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from CRIMSON FROST by Jennifer Estep Copyright © 2013 by Jennifer Estep. Excerpted by permission of KTEEN BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Gwen Frost, is a Gypsy girl, that attends Mythos Academy. Crimso

    Gwen Frost, is a Gypsy girl, that attends Mythos Academy. Crimson Frost takes place right after Gwen accidently gives the power to Vivan (another Gypsy) the power to release Loki. Devastated by their failure but facing the future, life must go on... Until the Protectorate, the Parthenon’s police force, charges Gwen with releasing Loki and killing the students that where slaughtered by the Reapers (Loki’s minions). 

    In a blink of an eye Gwen becomes the most hated person at Mythos Academy, everyone has lost someone to the Reapers and to believe that Gwen is one of them causes all kinds of threats and attacks. Her core group of friends and the leading staff at Mythos knows the truth, but the persecution that Gwen endures is heart breaking. Can she prove her innocence before it’s too late? Will she ever be accepted back in with her peers? Will she have the strength to defeat Loki and the Reapers?

    I loved Crimson Frost! I stayed up into the wee-hours with this book because I did not put it down. I found Gwen and her friends marvelous, strong, brave and they still fought for the jerks who pretty ruthlessly tormented Gwen. I found myself so emotional attached to the characters, I cried… often. A must read! 5 Stars

    This ARC copy of Crimson Frost was given to me by Netgalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date: December 24, 2012

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Caint wait

    Caint wait for it to come out im so excited for it i read the first 4 books and they were amazing!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Brillantly Written

    Hang on to your hats boys and girls, this one has alot of twist and turns. The story justs keeps getting better and better. I really appreciate the written artistry here. Gwen Frost's personality is well portrade from the story's perspective. The reader is allowed to really get inside Nike's Champion and witness the life of Gwen Frost's adventures. And likewise, each character is completly discribed thru the writtings. It's like watching a movie, you can see and pratically hear it all. I loved this story and am axiously awaiting for the next challange. A hero's work is never done?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    RE cant wait

    I know right!!!!i cant wait this long!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Bramblefall

    She puts her whole weight on him, holding him down. "BloodClan will be feared." She pulled him to MidSummer Night result 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Mintfur

    Or fangpaw? So whats this herb? Pushe it toward. They were small and black

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Froststar

    Ok thanks she said and licks his ear and padds away to the camp.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

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    Reviewed by Avery, age 9, for City Book Review I read the last b

    Reviewed by Avery, age 9, for City Book Review
    I read the last book Dark Frost and was excited when I was sent the fourth book in this series, Crimson Frost. First off, the covers for this series are very cool and definitely make you want to read them. In this book, Gwen is accused of killing a bunch of people, but she is innocent. However, nobody believes her and everyone at school is bullying her. Even her protector, Alexei, is standing around letting it happen. Logan, her Spartan boyfriend, seems to be the only who cares, besides the grumpy librarian, Nickamedes, who wrote the report saying Gwen was innocent.
    “’I have a name,’ I snapped. ‘It’s Gwen, Gwen Frost. Obviously, you know it since you announces it to the whole coffee shop.’”
    There is so much action in this book with Gwen, Logan, Oliver, and Daphne back in action, using their special gifts to save Gwen from being blamed for something she didn’t do. This book was so exciting with constant action and drama that it was hard to stop reading. It’s hard to not like Gwen and feel sorry for her at the same time. Finally, anyone who can talk to statues and have them respond back is pretty cool.
    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
    *You can view the original review at City Book Review and Musing With Crayolakym

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    I could sum up this entire review with one word: Wow! The last

    I could sum up this entire review with one word: Wow! The last book in the series, Dark Frost, turned this story epic, but this one kicked things up a further notch. This is an amazing installment to what has already become one of my favorite series since Vampire Academy.

    As ever, one of the things I love the most is the characters. Gwen is one of my favorite characters evah! She's not the best fighter in a book series, but she tries. And she's learning! One thing I love about her is that she applies herself to learn what she needs to know, to better herself, because she knows what's coming for her. She knows that she's going to be called upon to do something important, and so she does what she has to do to prepare for that. You don't see her whining about it. But what I love the most about her is her smarts. This is an intelligent girl who thinks her way through the mystery, uncovers the clues and figures it out. I love how she is able to do that, but it doesn't come across as contrived or forced. She's a very natural character.

    Then there's Logan. Sigh! Swoon! You gotta love Logan. The best fighter at the school, enigmatic and mysterious up until he fell for Gwen. Now he's the perfect compliment to her, and I loved the relationship between these two...although she spends some time apart from him. That's one thing I love about this series. Jennifer Estep doesn't feel the need to have the romance front and center, and she doesn't feel the need to have the characters right in each others' back pockets. They have their own story independent of each other, and they stand alone at times. To me, that makes the romance just that much more interesting and powerful.

    This installment kept me on pins/needles the entire time, because you just didn't know how Gwen was going to get herself out of this one. But I love how she was able to figure things out again... and I was amazed when I discovered what the Reapers' ultimate goal was in this book. I really didn't see it coming, which was great... I love it when I can't figure it out in advance.

    And man, what a cliffhanger. Once again, I'm dying to get my hands on the next book and I can't believe I'm now back to waiting. Jennifer Estep kept me on the edge of my seat!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Coldpaw, Coldpaw's bio

    Name: Coldpaw.
    Looks like: a gray and white and brown and black she kit with sea blue eyes.
    Age: 13 moons old.
    Family: cannot name their names,but tons.
    History: no clue.
    Crush: none.
    Kits: none.
    Appertience to: Petalfear the med cat.
    Hobbies: learning new things from Petalfear and naming herbs.
    Friends: none.
    Wants to be: a med cat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Eagletalon

    Name duh age .... description brown tom mate/crush Froststar

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    A Loner

    Name: Shadepelt
    Gender: She-cat
    Rank: Loner
    Description: Beautiful black she-cat with dark green eyes
    Personality: Unknown (You will see it when I rp)
    History: Was exhiled from her Clan, but she doesn't like to talk about why she was exhiled

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    To Starflower

    We have to go to Gold cat res 1. Come on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Starflower

    Name... obviously starflower. Appearance... pretty white shecat with ginger splotches and green eyes. Status... looking for a mate. Family... Shimmerfern(sis) and Hawkscreech(bro) her mother(whitehare) and her dad(duckfoot) left Starflower Shimmerfern and Hawkscreech at six moons, origionally a test but they didnt realize and went on their own. Pet peeves... kits who try to get attention by saying "her fur was crusted with blood and will die any second" then they say they died and keep rping as the same cat. No sense. Age... nineteen moons. Yeah i think thats it. Rank... warrior who adopted Periwinklekit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Warriors den

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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     In this fourth installment in the Mythos Academy Series we once

     In this fourth installment in the Mythos Academy Series we once again accompany Gwen Frost into the world at Mythos Academy.  If you aren't familiar with the series, Mythos Academy is a boarding school and college for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Romans, Vikings, Bogatyrs, and other magically gifted people, such as Gwen Frost, who is a Gypsy.  Basically, it is a school for warrior whiz kids.  Mythos Academy is located in North Carolina, Cypress Mountain to be exact, high above the city of Asheville.  The story is highly rooted in Greek Mythology with a modern day twist.  Gwen Frost is the main character, and as stated above, she is a Gypsy.  Gypsies are those who have been gifted with magic by the gods.  Gwen has been chosen by the Greek goddess, Nike, who is the goddess of victory, and Nike is where Gwen's magic comes from.  Gwen has the gift of psychometry magic, the ability to know an object's history just by touching it.  Gwen is also Nike's Champion.  A Champion is the one who a god or goddess chooses in the mortal realm to represent them, and act on their behalf.  Gwen's mom and grandmother were Nike's Champions before her.  As Nike's Champion, Gwen has been chosen to battle the Reapers, who serve the evil god Loki.  
    In the previous installment, the evil god Loki, who is the Norse god of chaos, had been freed, and Gwen finds herself being blamed for what happened.  After finally getting the guy she has crushed on forever, Logan Quinn, she now she finds herself unjustly accused of this heinous crime.  What is even worse is that everyone believes she did it, all but a few of her closest friends, who know the real truth.  With the help of Logan, her friends, some of her trusted instructors at the school, and eventually the new student who is assigned to protect her, they embark upon the quest to find out the truth behind what is going on and try to clear Gwen’s name, which isn’t an easy task, especially when you have a whole evil army against you. 




    Crimson Frost is filled with excitement, mystery, Greek mythology, kick-butt battle scenes, and yes, it even has some romance.  Gwen’s love interest, Logan Quinn, is a Spartan, and Spartans happen to be the fiercest of the warriors, and believe me, Logan is one hot warrior.  I was impressed with the way he stood up and fought for Gwen, especially since her main accuser is his father.  We also get to find out what is going on with all of Gwen’s old friends, and get to know Alexei, The Bogatyr who is her guard, and who also becomes a good friend to her.  The book is jam-packed with action.  There are some intense battles with the Reapers, and even Gwen’s arch nemesis.  There are twists and turns at ever corner that keep you guessing, and just when you think you have it figured out, the author takes you somewhere you weren't expecting.  I loved the story line, the pace was fast and kept your attention from beginning to end, and the characters are great.  I loved them, and I even loved to hate the evil ones.  The ending is intense, and leaves you looking forward to the next book in the series, which I can’t wait to read.  If you love Greek mythology and YA urban fantasy with some romance mixed in, then you are in for a treat with Crimson Frost.    

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    I've been pleased with this series for the most part. I like th

    I've been pleased with this series for the most part. I like the cast of characters, especially Gwen and Logan. But, sometimes it can get repetitive. This really was no exception to that, although it took a little bit of a different direction it seems like.

    Gwen's really gone through a lot in this series, but in this book she takes a beating. She's publicly humiliated and branded a traitor. Thankfully she knows her own worth and her friends never falter in their belief in her. But to become a social piranha is hard for anybody. When everyone moves their desk away from you in class or leaves nasty messages on your dorm-room door, it's hard to keep your chin up. But, she truly believes that there is no way they can find her guilty of what they are accusing her of. Until she discovers who is behind it. And the plot thickens.

    I was amazed that people in such high authority could made such bold accusations the way they did with so little to go on. With Gwen's story public knowledge long before our accuser shows up, I was surprised they bought it. It really bugged me. I was happy to see that Logan repeatedly stood up to his dad when it came to Gwen. Their relationship is so strange at times that I was afraid he would back down from him.

    I really loved the surprise accuser and the whole part with the asp. The ending was interesting as well. Logan's background makes so much sense now and it's extremely sad. Especially when the story ends the way it does. I get why he did what he did, but he needs to move on.

    I'm starting to wonder what direction this story is going to take. I see no real clear ending. I'm not sure how many books this series is planning on reaching, but I want to see something happen. I feel we are at that point in the series! I enjoyed the book of course and will continue on with the series.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Valerie  Book provided by: NetGalley Review origina

    Reviewed by: Valerie 
    Book provided by: NetGalley
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




    Oh, how happy I was while reading this book…but it didn’t last! I’ve been reading this series since it was first published and waiting for the main characters, Gwen and Logan, to get together and it finally happened..sort of.




    Gwen has been an interesting character from the very first book. As she matures and grows more and more comfortable with her role as Nike’s Champion, I find myself rooting for her to the point that I’m tense when she’s involved in a fight and I hurt when she hurts. The world building that Estep has created in so rich in details and her writing draws you in from the first page. Besides characters that you really care about, the pacing of the books is perfect and never lags. There is always something going on, either solving mysteries or fighting battles.




    Logan, hot spartan boy, defends Gwen when she is arrested, going so far as to rally her friends to protect her around the campus. I totally love Logan. He’s still warring with his feelings regarding his mom and sister’s death and his dad’s indifference to him yet he never stops trying to be a better person. After waiting for him to make the moves on Gwen in the last three books, I felt the tenderness of their romance and it was sweet.




    Then, I promptly had my heart ripped out which is exactly what the author intended. These characters are so loyal that they always do what is RIGHT to the hurting each other if it’s required. Sigh.




    Besides the main characters, Estep has also created secondary characters that you know and love such as Gwen’s steadfast friends, her Grandmother, her talking sword, Vic, and a playful wolfpup, Nyx.




    Warning: Mature references, fighting scenes

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    Wow. Crimson Frost is my favorite book in the series, so far. Th

    Wow. Crimson Frost is my favorite book in the series, so far. This novel is action-packed and full of romance and nonstop suspense. I could not put it down! Gwen grew a ton as a character over the arc of this story, and some new characters (and mythological types) were introduced. This is one book that will not disappoint!

    Gwen was fantastic in this book. The poor girl can't catch a break, and this time she's facing the death penalty. Thankfully, she was much smarter in this book than she was the last one. She really stood on her own and took care of herself (and everyone else) in this installment. I really like how her character is progressing, and I can't wait to see how much stronger she gets in the next book. Logan was super sweet in this novel. I now love him even more, if that's possible. Daphne, Carson, Oliver, Grandma Frost, Vic, Metis, Nickamedes, and Coach Ajaxx were also great additions to the story, as usual. I also really liked the new characters we got introduced to... even the bad guys. They were interesting. No cookie-cutter characters from Estep, that's for sure. 

    Crimson Frost was fast-paced, but nothing felt rushed. The plot was extremely intense. The problems started within the first few pages and continued until the end of the novel. Some of the issues were solved during the course of the book, but others got added. It didn't really end on a cliffhanger, but the ending left an opening for Midnight Frost, which comes out in August of 2013 (I can't wait!). I would go into more detail here, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Let me just say that you will not be able to put this book down. 

    Overall, I'd recommend this series to anyone who loves YA mythology-inspired/supernatural books. For those of you who have already read the previous books in the series, you cannot miss this novel. It's the best one yet. I, personally, can't wait to see what Gwen and co. get into next. 

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Jennifer Estep's books are some of the best out there. I'm never

    Jennifer Estep's books are some of the best out there. I'm never disappointed in a single word that she writes. Crimson Frost is probably her most emotional roller coaster of this series. And if you are a reader like me, you'll definitely experience everything Gwen has to go through in this one and see how much Gwen has grown. I can't wait for the next and I pray the story will continue on with more books. When you fall in love with a story and its characters its hard to let them go. I'm so not ready. WTG, Jennifer! Keep up the awesomeness!

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