I was feeling like reading some Paranormal YA and I found this addictive series – Mythos Academy by Jennifer Estep.
The Mythos Academy books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. Gwen’s magic lets her see everyone who has ever touched or used an object as well as feel their emotions — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen finds herself shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendents of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, and more. The academy is located in the fictional suburb of Cypress Mountain, North Carolina, and the kids there are training how to use their magic and various skills to fight Reapers of Chaos. The Reapers are some seriously bad guys who want to free the evil god Loki from his mystical prison so Loki can take over the world and enslave everyone.
Gwen doesn’t think that she belongs at the academy or that she’s any kind of warrior, but she’s wrong — and she’s a lot stronger than she realizes.
The interactions between Logan and Gwen were super cute. Most importantly, the action part: this novel has some great suspense with the mystery surrounding the death at the Academy–and this can be said about the other books as well.The books’ plots were exciting and always building. I am partial to Greek mythology, so this was another reason I liked the series. It’s a cool blend of all mythology out there but done in a way that isn’t overly complicated and easy to follow.
What I loved most is the protagonist Gwen. She is intelligent, witty, independent, sarcastic and Loyal. She is a lot of fun and I always like characters that can make me laugh. She doesn’t lose herself in her love interest and gets stronger with every book.
Touch Of Frost: The novel starts off a little slowly. We are introduced to Gwen. Her back story. Mythos Academy. We learn that this academy actually is a training school for the descendants of legends: Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, etc. Although, strangely enough, Gwen is none of these, she is a Gypsy. Now, I loved the fact that Gwen was something completely different. Didn’t care about fitting into the mold: she likes purple (got instant bonus points for that), enjoys reading comic books (yay!). But I am still not completely sure how exactly Gypsies fit into the equation at Mythos Academy. Yes, Estep explains how Gwen is relevant to Mythos Academy. But a Gypsy? I am still on the fence about that.
Kiss of Frost: In this book, Gwen has to deal with a bad-guy Reaper who is targeting her. She is also learning to fight from her crush and the best Spartan warrior ever, Logan. There is also, Vic the sarcastic, funny and talking-in-british-accent Sword. Every book, the author introduces us to a new Mythological creature and in this edition, its the Fenris Wolf. Inspite of the repetitions, it was a nice read with a touch of romance, touch of angst, action and mystery.
Dark Frost: This book, things get dark. We finally have name and face to put to Loki’s champion.The climax was superb and wonderfully plotted. I loved it. As if the story itself wasn’t awesome enough, Gwen is all that is good in a hero. She and Logan are a perfect match, though sometimes I want to reach into the book and shake them silly. Every character, even supporting ones, takes you through a myriad of emotions and I was stunned at the accuracy. I loved how the author integrated the crazy demented Fenris wolf who Gwen saved and then was saved by in book number 2. Nott was definitely a highlight of this book.
Crimson Frost: This installment took the tension up yet another notch. I honestly didn’t see how Logan and Gwen’s situation was going to keep from going stale, but this story brought it. They’re official! We are also introduced to Alexei (new dark, brooding, Russian guardian-type warrior) and Logan’s Father. As always, the climax had a nice twist and took me by surprise.
Midnight Frost: I didn’t like it as much as Dark Frost or Crimson Frost. There is lesser action in here, lesser answers given by Nike but I guess that’s for the next book. However Gwen has totally grown here, plenty capable to defend herself and be worthy to be called Nike’s champion. We are also introduced to Rory, Gwen’s cousin and a feisty female Spartan which I suppose it pretty unique. Also, I liked the addition of Gryphon, another mythological creature in this series.
Killer Frost: This is the final installment in this series. Loki is returning to full power and all the characters are rounded up for one final showdown, even the ones you’ve probably forgotten about, and the way Gwen goes out is quite unexpected! Speaking of showdown, the final battle was truly Epic! Gwen is at her best and proves herself to be a true Champion.
Overall, the series is a refreshing read in the Young Adult genre with its use of mythology and magic. There are great characters to get absorbed in and dashes of romance along the way. However, my enjoyment was marred by the writing. I felt as though the author copied and pasted entire sentences, if not paragraphs, from the first book in the series. I understand the author wanting to provide backstory for individuals who accidentally read this book first, but to provide the explanation verbatim felt like lazy writing and detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story.
Rating: 3.5 Stars