Killer Frost (Review)

Book cover for "Killer Frost" by Jennifer Estep.Title: Killer Frost

Author: Jennifer Estep

Publication Year: 2014

Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before — and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death…most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic, and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good…or I am.

(This is the sixth and final book in the Mythos Academy series, after First Frost (novella), Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost, Spartan Frost (novella), and Midnight Frost.)

I think my feelings about this book are pretty much the same as my feelings about the series overall: it’s cute and fun but also super cheesy and predictable.

Killer Frost finally brings to an end the major conflict between Gwen, her friends, and Nike versus Loki and the Reapers of Chaos. Everyone comes together in this final book on one side of the war or the other, and there’s a lot of great fighting going on by the end. The relationship details were a bit lacking in my opinion – not only Gwen/Logan but also Carson/Daphne could definitely have been fleshed out more – but I guess that wasn’t really Estep’s focus, as she made it more action-based than some of the other books in the series.

To be honest, the Mythos Academy series isn’t up there on my list of top YA fantasy series, but it was a good introduction to Jennifer Estep’s writing. I went on from here to read another series of hers (the Elemental Assassin books) that were written for adults, which I loved a whole lot more. But the adventures of Gwen and her friends were light-hearted fun, and as long as that’s what you expect from them, you won’t be disappointed.


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