Title: Crimson Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Gwen should have known that her first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. She was prepared to get into a swordfight, or be ambushed by Reapers. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? She didn’t see that one coming. Gwen is accused of purposely helping the Reapers free the evil god Loki from his prison – and the person leading the charge against her is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks she’s guilty. If she’s going to get out of this mess alive, she’ll have to do it herself…
I think that this book kind of re-sold me on the series. I was starting to get a bit annoyed with Gwen always being stupid and having to be saved by others, and everything being so predictable, and Crimson Frost finally addressed some of those concerns for me. It still wasn’t the most original and unexpected thing I’ve ever read, but it was at least better than the last few books.
It also felt like the romance between Gwen and Logan was finally going somewhere in this book, instead of just continuing the tug of war between “will they or won’t they?”. It still wasn’t really what I was hoping for, but at least there was some movement.
Crimson Frost actually had a less predictable ending than some of the others so far in the series, and I felt like Gwen finally did some butt-kicking of her own. So if you, like me, were frustrated with some of what was happening in the series so far, give this one a try. It might just win you back.