Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Narrator: Tara Sands
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Date Read: May 2013
Genre: Paranormal, YA
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.
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Series: Mythos Academy #3
Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Deadly Sting , Kiss of Frost, Crimson Frost, Midnight Frost br> br>
Also in this series: Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Crimson Frost, Midnight Frost, Killer Frost
Overall Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not Part of the Overall Rating)
First Thought when Finished: The original part of Dark Frost was ROCKSTAR but the “rehashing” of previous stories was over done (I don’t know why but in this one it really stood out).
Story Thoughts: Here is the deal: I loved the original part of the story. I thought it was the strongest to date and everything worked out perfectly. Gwen had to step up her game and really come into her own as Champion. She also had friend issues, boy issues, and school issues to work through and with that much on her plate I was surprised she held it together as well as she did. There was action and a pretty good little mystery to figure out. I wasn’t stunned by the culprit but still think it was very well played. My problem is that 40% of the book was repeating stuff from previous books or in two cases things that happened at the beginning of this book. That was a bit overkill and took away from the enjoyment of the story.
Character Thoughts: I love the kids of Mythos Academy. As far as teenagers go, these kids are alright. The angst is manageable and believable. Gwen is an excellent central character. She loves her grandmother, she is smart, she has strong role models (in the form a teacher), she has a core group of friends, and appears to have a good head on her shoulders. She has all the typical teenage stuff to deal with along with being chosen as a Champion. She handles it all pretty well! The people that who surround her are pretty interesting too. Characters are where Jennifer Estep shines! I simply haven’t read a character of hers that I thought was one-dimensional. That is brilliant!
Narrated by Tara Sands / Running Time 10 hrs and 26 mins
This is one of those series where the narration has grown on me! Tara is now who I hear as Gwen even if I pick up the book version. Her pacing, emotion, and “oomph” are a good match for the kids at Mythos Academy. I will continue this series in audio!
Final Thoughts: I can’t wait to see what adventures Gwen and her friends continue to have!
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