Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington

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… -

I could sum up this entire review with one word: Wow!  The last book in the series, Dark Frost, turned this story epic, but this one kicked things up a further notch.  This is an amazing installment to what has already become one of my favorite series since Vampire Academy.

As ever, one of the things I love the most is the characters.  Gwen is one of my favorite characters evah!  She's not the best fighter in a book series, but she tries.  And she's learning!  One thing I love about her is that she applies herself to learn what she needs to know, to better herself, because she knows what's coming for her.  She knows that she's going to be called upon to do something important, and so she does what she has to do to prepare for that.  You don't see her whining about it.  But what I love the most about her is her smarts.  This is an intelligent girl who thinks her way through the mystery, uncovers the clues and figures it out.  I love how she is able to do that, but it doesn't come across as contrived or forced.  She's a very natural character.

Then there's Logan.  Sigh! Swoon!  You gotta love Logan.  The best fighter at the school, enigmatic and mysterious up until he fell for Gwen.  Now he's the perfect compliment to her, and I loved the relationship between these two...although she spends some time apart from him.  That's one thing I love about this series.  Jennifer Estep doesn't feel the need to have the romance front and center, and she doesn't feel the need to have the characters right in each others' back pockets.  They have their own story independent of each other, and they stand alone at times.  To me, that makes the romance just that much more interesting and powerful.

This installment kept me on pins/needles the entire time, because you just didn't know how Gwen was going to get herself out of this one.   But I love how she was able to figure things out again... and I was amazed when I discovered what the Reapers' ultimate goal was in this book.  I really didn't see it coming, which was great...  I love it when I can't figure it out in advance.

And man, what a cliffhanger.  Once again, I'm dying to get my hands on the next book and I can't believe I'm now back to waiting.  Jennifer Estep kept me on the edge of my seat! 


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