Dark Frost (Mythos Academy Series #3)

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy Series #3)

by Jennifer Estep
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Dark Frost 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
Dark Frost, Estep's action-packed third novel in the Mythos Academy Series, is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Gwen and her friends are back again, and while we don't get to see as much of Daphne and Carson this time, we do get to learn a lot more about Logan and Grandma Frost. Also, the wolf is back from the last book, and we get to know more about her. On top of all of that, the Reaper attacks start on page one. I spent at least 3/4 of the novel wondering if Gwen and her family and friends were going to make it. So with all of this wonderful suspense, why, you may ask, did I give this book an A- instead of an A+? Well the answer is simple. Gwen really annoyed me at some points, and she seemed a bit... well... dense. I tried to realize that it's easier for me to see what's going on, who's guilty, etc. when I'm on the outside looking in, but at the end of the day, she was still just really stupid. I'm not sure what happened to her to make her dumb in this book, but I think the whole thing could have been handled in a way that didn't make Gwen seem like she lost over half of her brain cells in between the last book and this one. As soon as everything had run its course and the next book had been set up, her intelligence seemed to come back. Maybe she was just really confused. She was facing things she'd never seen before, but it almost felt like some plot device. I'm trying to give Estep the benefit of a doubt with this, though, because I really do love her work. While Gwen did annoy me, she at least grew as a character throughout the novel. So did Logan. I was proud of both of them by the end of the book, and the ending tied everything up nicely and set up the next book. I also enjoyed getting to see more of Grandma Frost and learning more about her. She was always one of my favorite characters, so it was nice to get to see more of her. We also got to know Gwen's mom a bit more, even though she's dead. That kind of helped flesh out the memories of her mother that Gwen has. Also, we learned Logan's secrets. He's an idiot for part of the book as well, but he's a guy type of idiot. You'll see what I'm talking about when you pick up this copy. We also got to learn a bit more about Nickamedes and why he has a such a giant stick up his butt. My favorite addition, however, was the Fenrir Wolf. I was so glad to get to know her more, and Estep really did a beautiful job of showing how much difference an animal can make in a person's life. Gwen's interactions with the wolf had to be my favorite parts of the novel. The plot is intriguing, but I knew who the bad people were and what was going on long before Gwen did. I really feel that could have been handled a bit differently, but the action kept me turning the pages. I had to see who was going to die when, or if anyone was. There were a lot of fight scenes. The scenes weren't graphic, thankfully, but they did hold my interest. There was a certain feel of urgency throughout the novel that definitely kept me hooked until the very end. The pacing was spot-on, and I didn't feel that the story lagged anywhere. There was no real cliff-hanger, but there is a major thing that's unresolved. However, that thing may not be resolved for many books to come. Overall I enjoyed this book, and I feel that it makes a terrific edition to the series. If you're a fan of mythology, or paranormal romance, then you'll want to pick this book up for sure.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
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.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I've eagerly awaited the newest book every time one comes out in this series. I've grown kind of attached this band of teenagers and the odd school they inhabit. But then, I've always had a particular love for mythology and this definitely fits the bill. I think what I find most endearing about Gwen is that she doesn't think she's the bad ass that she really is. She has all these powers and she's hesitant to use them anymore than she has to. In fact, she has powers that she doesn't even really know about. Since she's never managed to really make friends, she loyal to the one's she's made at Mythos. Even when those friends are treating her like crap because of her own abilities that she can't really control. But, she's not a pushover. She stands up for what she believes in and those she loves. Sometimes series feel like they drag on and never really get to the point. While there is element that kind of does this (are Logan and Gwen together or not), the story has wasted no time getting to the point. The Reapers will get what they desire no matter what the cost is. I knew we were ultimately headed to a showdown between Loki, his champion, and his followers. I didn't expect to meet them all so soon. I also was not expecting Loki's champion to be hiding right under our noses. Gwen goes through a lot in this book. Despite some setbacks, she really grows into her character. She has to witness Daphne alienate her and Logan shun her. Still she's willing to sacrifice it all to stop Loki from becoming unbound. I kept waiting for someone to step in and help her save the world. Sadly it's the wolf who comes and she's injured in the process (man I love that wolf..whole other story). Gwen seems really downcast at the end of this book. I think she really expected to save the day and when it didn't happen that way it really hurt her. I'm curious as to were this story will go next and if Gwen can fully pick up the pieces and become the champion she needs to be.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
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.
SirenJC More than 1 year ago
Whew, and I thought my high school was torture. What a great story and series. Jennifer Estep has created a world where myths and legends are alive and living right along with the “normal” people of society. Seventeen year old Gwen Frost has survived avalanches and death threats all while attending Mythos Academy. She struggles with the idea of being Nike’s Champion. Nike is the Goddess of Victory, and she knows Gwen is the key to saving the world from destruction by the Reapers and Loki. Gwen has great friends that help her along the way, but with Logan, she wants more than friendship. Logan is a Spartan and one of the most popular guys at Mythos. Logan has a secret that he wants no one to know, especially Gwen, but with her psychometry, she can’t help but find out sooner or later what that secret is. With the Reapers gunning for her and the tension with Logan, what will happen to Gwen when things come to a boiling point? Read ‘Dark Frost’ to find out.
Angelus13 More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!! It was def. worth the wait, not that I enjoyed waiting for it, but so worth it. As the series progress, the characters grow, action increases, more history comes out. The story doesn't seemed rushed, but running at a natural pace. I especially love the relationship between Gwen and Logan. Hot stuff darlin's!!!! I'm already looking forward to the next installment.
LadiSteele More than 1 year ago
Huge fan, have read everything she has written!
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A ways behind camp, a thin trail leads up the mountain
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Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We start off right after winter break (the last book ended as everyone went home for the holidays). The characters are just meeting back up when a huge Reaper attack takes place killing several people/students. While fighting the main Reaper (Loki’s Champion), Gwen notices her drop something and later finds out that it’s a map to the library at the academy. The Reapers have figured out where the dagger is that will release Loki and bring him to the mortal realm and it’s hidden somewhere in the library. This book is a race against the time to find the dagger before the Reapers do. This series seems to be an easy read for me. I literally read it within half of a day. Partly because I skimmed over the parts where the author rehashed everything that’s ever taken place in the series and caught readers who may have had a huge lapse between books, up to speed. I however, went from one book to the next and didn’t need to be told what Gwen’s powers were, that the bad guys were the Reapers or the fact that Gwen has horrible sense of judgement when it comes to self-preservation. If it weren’t for Logan, I don’t think she’d have lived past the first book. However, I still enjoyed the read. One thing that I was really sad about, I knew what was coming from the first chapter. I knew who Loki’s Champion was, I knew where the dagger was hidden and in the end found myself sort of like “ho-hum” as I read. It’s not fun knowing the climatic points in the first chapter. So I just sort of road the waves throughout the book. What kept me interested were the characters in this story. I feel a bit invested in this story and wanted to see if they were smarter than the average bear… apparently not. Except for Daphne, that girl has a good head on her shoulders. Will I continue with the series? Maybe. I really enjoyed the author’s UF series, Elemental Assassin. Maybe I will just got back to that instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Puts a vole on the prey- pile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That guy is soooooo dang GORGEOUS
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She walks in and grabs a basletball, dribbling it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No thats just the bellll
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sighed, drilling her Double Axels again, still falling hard every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skates around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*shrugs and keeps skating*
PatH More than 1 year ago
This is a series that just gets better and better with each book. I'm in my 60s, teach in a college, and find it totally riveting. I love the references to mythology. I love the ethical dilemmas faced by the characters in the book. It appeals to my mystical side. And it is extremely well written. All ages will enjoy.
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Its a really good book