Title: Dark Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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 artefact 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.
One thing that I like about this series is the sense of adventure, and on that front, this book didn’t disappoint. It definitely has more going on than the previous two novels, or at least, more interesting fights going on. And while the mythology angle still isn’t done super well, I feel like maybe it’s improved a tiny bit. At least, it’s gotten more complicated.
I found the back and forth between Gwen and Logan to be kind of annoying in Dark Frost, to be honest. It’s like every single other YA book/series out there these days where the guy can’t seem to decide what he wants, or changes his mind constantly, and I just find it frustrating and unrealistic. Or, at least, unrealistic in terms of showing teenage girls what a healthy relationship should look like. I’m not the target audience for the romance part of YA books, but I still think that they should show a little more substance to them, a little more than just one person finding the other attractive and then adding a lot of unnecessary and fairly unexplained tension between them.
Generally speaking, though, this book was a step up in terms of the series, and it added a bit of depth to the characters and to the overarching plot. It was a fun read, if nothing spectacular.