Book Review of Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Dark Frost

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Release Date: May 29th, 2012

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: We pick back up in Dark Frost right after all the winter break issues that happened in Kiss of Frost (review here) went down. It has been a while since we were in this world and Jennifer was kind enough to give us a refresher in the first chapter that wove into the plot seamlessly so it did feeling like a forced recap of past events. I was thankful for the information because I remembered the general gist of the story, but the details were a bit fuzzy.

Dark Frost story starts out with a bang and does not let up for the entirety of the book. Gwen is still searching for the Helheim Dagger without much success. She is starting to feel the stain of being Nike’s champion and she is not sure she is up to the task that has been given to her. As she searches, there are plenty of Reaper attacks that are obvious and one that is not so obvious. Someone is trying to manipulate Gwen and she has no idea who they are or what they want. I did have the mystery person figured out before the end of the book, but Jennifer did a great job of throwing us off the scent multiple times. The action scenes, as always, are well written and make you feel like you are right there with Gwen fighting alongside her.

Gwen and Logan continue to dance around one another. I wish those two would just admit how they feel about one another. I do understand that they have issues they need to work through before they can enter a relationship, but man there were quite a few times I wanted to reach in there and kick Logan’s butt myself. The two of them just need to get over their fears and work it out. I do love the teasing banter they have going on and there were some very precious moments in the book that had my heart breaking for Gwen. I am interested to see where the developments of this book will lead them in the future.

I was expecting relationship drama, the action and the mystery that filled the pages of Dark Frost, but I was not expecting the utter heartache in those last couple of chapters. They really tore my heart out and I did not see it coming. There are a couple of characters who meet tragic ends and I did not expect the emotional response I had, but I was practically in tears at the end. Jennifer really grabs onto your heart in Dark Frost. Gwen did not have an easy time during the climax and I just wanted to pick her up and give her a hug. She had to face some tough realities very quickly and I think the outcome of those will end up making her mature much quicker than others her own age. I know she will rise to the challenge though and become much stronger than she already is.

Overall, Dark Frost another amazing addition to the series. Jennifer delivers another fast paced, action driven book that is my favorite in the series so far. Thank goodness there is no cliffhanger so we are not left unsatisfied by the end. However, the first chapter of the next book is at the end of this one and wow that did have a cliffhanger! I am definitely dying to get my hands on the next book now! It does not come out until January, so I still have quite a wait ahead of me, but I know it will be worth it once I do get a chance to read it!

FTC: I received this book from the publisher for review. Thank you.

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