Title: Crimson Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Publication Date: Dec 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
After the way the last book ended I knew I needed the next book in my hands asap! I love this series it was one of my favorites of 2011 and it is still a great series with the books that were published this year. I expected a lot of action and forward progress of the story in this book because of the way the third book ended. I was sure that everyone was going to have to band together for a large fight and that we might walk away with some people dying. What I got in this book though wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, some things were great additions to the series and other things slowed the book down a little too much in certain areas.
First off I still love the characters, they are a driving force behind why I love this series so much. While I thought Gwen was a little annoying in the first book she has grown on me and I love her character, she is one tough chick. She can’t help it that trouble just seems to find her in every book, she just has to face down the evil that comes to attack her each and every time…with the help of some friends of course. I love Logan freaking Quinn! He is such a bright spot in this series for me, he is always there to support Gwen even when he wanted to be away from her in the first two books. I liked that their relationship has developed slowly over the four books, there was no instant love, it was an instant crush but who wouldn’t have one on Logan freaking Quinn! Then there is Logan’s best friends Kenzie and Oliver. I like both of these guys for the fun and the emotions they add to the series, especially since Oliver is gay and seems to always be crushing on the wrong guy. In this book the fun came in with the fact that we got to meet some new characters, I especially liked Alexei who seems like he will be a key piece in the future.
The story line is still interesting in this book but it slows down a lot due to the fact that so many new characters are introduced in this plot. That means we have to take time out to learn about Logan’s family, his father and stepmom as well as the Protectorate Guard. This also slows down the story because they are there to try Gwen for all the “crimes” she has committed while she tried to save people from Loki’s evil plans. This means there are quite a few scenes where Estep goes through the process of repeating every action that happened in the other books. I already know what happened in those books because I read them so this part was a bit slow for me. I would have liked more action but I guess everything came together the way it needed to. The new characters had to be introduced so you could see their part in the battle at the end of the book. I guess I just get tired of the repetition that sometimes happens with all the books in this series.
Overall, I still love this series. The characters are awesome and I do like to see every aspect of Mythos Academy and the surrounding areas where the battles take place. I hope the next book brings things up to speed again now that we know even more characters to move us forward with the plot.