Second Looks: SPARTAN FROST and MIDNIGHT FROST by Jennifer Estep

2-for-1 special!  Spartan Frost (eBook only) was released right around the time I was given an eARC of Midnight Frost.  So, to save space (and time, sort of), I’ll review them together – but separately.

Spoiler Alert!  If you haven’t read up to CRIMSON FROST, consider yourself warned to be spoiled!

Spartan-FrostTitle:  Spartan Frost
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series:  Mythos Academy, Book 4.5
Genre:  Mythological Fiction
Age: 14+
Special Note:  This is eBook only – available from all the sellers, though!

What’s It About?

What a treat!  Normally, we only get a chapter or snippets told from the dreamy love interest (I’m looking at you, Jennifer L. Armentrout), but Estep graced us with an entire eNovella from Logan freakin’ Quinn’s point-of-view!

Taking place a few weeks after the end of Crimson Frost, Logan and his dad are trying to pick up the pieces after Agrona’s terrible betrayal.  Logan has left Mythos for an unknown period of time.  (And this means, he’s left Gwen, too.)  He suffers nightmares from when he was overtaken by Loki and killing Gwen.

The plot of the novella really focuses on Logan overcoming his worry that he’ll be repossessed by Loki and hurt Quinn.  While there is some overall story arc that relates back to the Mythos books, it’s not imperative to read this or you’ll miss something.  In fact, the main story arc was vague.  We had action with the Reapers – of course – but there’s no set solution to what was found or what the Reapers were planning.

The ending, though, easily segues into Midnight Frost

Thoughts
I really enjoyed this short story. I always love reading different things from the love interest’s POV, and Estep didn’t disappoint. It was a little strange though, being in Logan’s head instead of Gwen’s, but there’s a shift between voices and it was obvious we weren’t focused on Gwen this time.

I also enjoyed that we (and by we, I mean the readers) got to see some of the aftermath of Logan’s actions at the Aoide Auditorium from the end of CF.  It added a great transition into MF, allowing the reader to understand more of why Logan left.  We actually get to understand from his side, rather than just sympathizing with Gwen the entire time.

Again, you don’t have to read this to stay along the story’s main arc, but I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of the series and have access to eBooks.  I mean – who wouldn’t want to read it?

Rating… 9/10 stars.

PS: It’s slightly disappointing that LOGAN isn’t on the cover…and who is THAT girl?  That’s not the same Gwen from the other covers…is it?

Midnight-Frost-680x1024Title: Midnight Frost
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series:  Mythos Academy, #5
Genre:  Mythological Fiction
Age: 14+

What It’s About
Picking up a few weeks after the events of Crimson Frost, Gwen is still trying to figure out what artifacts she has to find for Nike.  And she’s moping over the fact that Logan left Mythos.  But she’s not alone.  She’s constantly surrounded by her friends – including Alexei and Oliver.  (But, can you blame a girl – they aren’t Logan.)

When a Reaper-student puts a rare poison in Gwen’s and Nickamedes’s water bottles, only Nickamedes is poisoned before Gwen can warn him not to drink the water.  It’s a race against time as Gwen and her friends travel to the Denver, Colorado Mythos Academy to the Eir Ruins to find a super rare flower that only blooms at midnight – the only antidote to save their friend’s life.  Of course, they all know they’re walking into a Reaper trap, but what can they do?

While there’s decent Reaper battle action, the story mostly revolves around Gwen finding out she has a cousin – Rory Forseti.  (The daughter of her father’s brother.)  And that her father wasn’t the man she thought he was.  Gwen must deal with this, while trying to save Nickamedes’s life and deal with Logan’s surprise return.  (Oh, come on- We all knew it would happen!)

Thoughts
I enjoyed this book just as much as the others.  While it was a little Logan-lite, it was still good.  I’m glad that Estep worked in the family angle a little more than just focusing on a fight with the Reapers.  After all, there can only be so many battles before it comes down to the final moment.  So, adding the information about Gwen’s father – and finding out she has a cousin – was a nice additive.  I liked Rory, who happens to be a Spartan!  (Does this mean there’s a little Spartan in Gwen??)

After reading Spartan Frost, I knew Logan was going to show up at some point.  Estep drops tons of clues through Oliver, if the reader’s paying attention.  So it was just a matter of time.  But Gwen doesn’t let him off the hook easily.  Instead, she finally has the courage to tell him how much he hurt her by leaving – go Gwen!  So it’s nice that she doesn’t just roll over for him that he’s back.  It also makes Logan realize the mistakes he’s made and fix them.

In all, it is really setting things up nicely for the next book – and possibly the last? – Killer Frost.  As much as I love the series, the arc with Loki is starting to run its course.  Not that I want Estep to stop writing these books, because I seriously love them.  But it might be time to move on to something else with the Big Bad?

In all – a definite read for those who like the series.  Sometimes series start to wan around books 4-5, but Estep keeps the flow going by adding a new dimension to the mix.  Go, Jennifer!

Rating…8.5/10

Publish Date:  July 30, 2013

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