Monday, July 22, 2013

Early Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Midnight Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #5
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: K-Teen
Number of Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Here we go again … 
Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead. 
As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

The Mythos Academy series is one of my favorite Young Adult book series. The characters have all become a part of my book family and I look forward to each new book. However, this one seemed to be missing a bit of the magic that the first four books.

Gwen is still the same sweet, headstrong heroine that I've come to love, and her friends are still there with her through whatever trouble comes her way, but I don't know if it's because the setting was different or there wasn't as much romance, but this was not my favorite of the series. I felt like the writing has changed and instead of going for the older young adult crowd, it went from the younger section instead. Whenever Gwen would use Vic, her sword there would be adjectives used to describe the sound it made-clang, clang, etc. and when the giant gyphron birds would make a sound, the were also adjectives used to describe it (caw-caw) and I'm not sure why those were used. It bothered me to the point of distraction and that's never a good thing.

In almost every series there is a filler book that bridges the beginning story line to a new one, and I think this was it for this series. I just wanted more of well, everything in reading this one. Jennifer Estep has created a wonderful, magical world in the Mythos Academy series and while this one was disappointing, I'm not ready to give up on this series just yet and can't wait to see Gwen finally have some happiness and get those reapers.