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Dark Frost – The Adventure and Excitement Continues

Dark Frost

By: Jennifer Estep

Copyright: June 2012

Publisher: K teen

 

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

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 artifact 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.

 

Leaving a summer assignment till the last second is of course standard fare in High School.  More so at Mythos Academy where the students have abilities most normal humans can’t imagine. Gwen and her friends are visiting the Crius Coliseum in search of information for her Myth-History assignment.  Gwen and her friends are each drawn to different artifacts on display, Daphne was interested in a curved bow that was made from a single piece of onyx and strung with golden threads.  It had a matching quiver with a single golden arrow in it.  The bow once belonged to Sigyn, the Norse Goddess of Devotion.  Carson was drawn to an ivory horn that looked like a miniature tuba.  It also had bits of onyx glimmering on its surface. The plaque explaining that It was the Horn of Roland.

At about this time Vic, Gwen’s snarky sword piped up about how boring the bow was, and that it wasn’t a real weapon, and goes on to belittle Carson’s choice of a staff as a weapon..  Gwen is deep in thought, remembering her mother’s murder and the reaper she desperately wants revenge on.  It was about this time Nickamedes, her boss at the Library of Antiquities noticed her and walked over with a sneer on his face.  Gwen turned at the sound of his voice and asked him what he was doing at the exhibit.

“Overseeing the exhibit, of course. Most of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Library of Antiquities.”   Nickamedes stared at her and with his mouth twisting comments,  “I see that you and your friends waited until the last possible second to finish your assignments.  Looking around Gwen notices many other students doing the same thing she and her friends are.  But she knows better than to start with him.  Gwen decides that silence is the better part of valor and looks around to see if Logan is around. As she starts to ask him about how his winter break went, all hell seems to break loose.  As Gwen and Logan start to head in the direction of the screams Daphne pulls them back, reminding them that they have no idea what they’d be walking into.

The group of four creep around to see what is happening, and find their fellow students being attacked by Reapers……

Could there be a more exciting way to start off Gwen’s next adventure?  With this attack, Gwen and company are looking at more action and fighting, and a new set of challenges for the year.  Ms. Estep has a way of drawing me into the picture and I feel like I’m right there (hiding behind a strong exhibit case) watching everything with my own two eyes.

 

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Kiss of Frost is a Deadly Winner

Kiss of Frost

By: Jennifer Estep

Copyright December 2011

Publisher: Kensington Teen

 

Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle…

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…

 

Gwen’s gift as a Gypsy is the power of psychometry, the ability to read any object and know who owned it and its history.  But Gwen’s powers are growing along with her as she gets older.  She is attending Mythos Academy to learn how to control her gift, and to learn how to protect herself in a world where she never knew when the Reapers or even a classmate would try to kill her.

Gwen is still not too happy about being at Mythos Academy. She continues to sneak out to visit her grandmother and pick up the homemade cookies and cakes she makes for Gwen.  As her life gets more and more complicated at school, her talent is maturing and expanding.  She is starting to get visions of things that happened to other people but affect her in her personal life.

In this second book of the Mythos Academy Series, we are learning more about Gwen, her teachers and even her family history, which in many places overlaps uncomfortable for Gwen.  The author is taking us deeper and deeper into the lives and history’s of the characters and we, as we are drawn further into the lives of these people often find ourselves taking sides, for and against many of Gwen’s classmates and teachers.

I personally hope, and think that this YA series is going to be the next major long running story line for 2012 and beyond.  I hope you agree.

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Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep will definitely Touch You!

Touch of Frost

By Jennifer Estep

Copyright August 2011

Publisher Kensington Teen

 

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

 

Gwen is a typical 17 yr old teen, she went to public high school, had friends and was a 4.0 GPA student.  Gwen is also very special. She can find lost objects and also read the history of not only what she touches, but also the people who touched that item.

Her world went all to hell after the death of her mom, and she is dropped into Mythos Academy with no explanations or discussions by her grandmother (her only living relative). She finds herself in a school with student who believe not only in magic, but in the actual existence or “The Gods and Goddesses” of myth and legend.

I could continue with a long synopses but all I can tell you is that I loved the book. I’m a big fan of Ms. Estep’s writing and feel that this new venture will be just as successful for her as it will be entertaining and fulfilling for you the reads.  If you like adventure, YA Stories, and Supernatural action then this book and the series to follow are right up your alley. I highly recommend this series.

You can find Jennifer Estep hanging out at http://www.jenniferestep.com/  and also at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602520919&sk=info

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The Throne of Fire is one hot adventure

The Throne of Fire

By Rick Riordan

Copyright May 2011

Publisher Hyperion Books

“Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Told in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.”

Carter and Sadie Kane are once again thrown into the fires of a war that they really don’t want. Their mission this time? To find Ra and place him back on his Throne. While doing that they must defeat Apophis and the Magicians who don’t want them to even live through the day.

If this is a YA book, then I don’t ever want to grow up. My 12yr old grandson breezed through this book in one day. It’s taken me 2 days. I’ve enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the third outing by these amazing kids and their students.

FTC Full Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library to enjoy and to review.

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Hexbound will Mesmerize You

Hexbound

By Chloe Neill

Copyright  January 2011

Publisher  Signet Novel

“Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then one night Lily and her friends are attacked by creatures like nothing they’ve ever seen before.  And in the aftermath, she realizes she’ll have to use her growing powers sooner then she thought – because she’s smack in the middle of a paranormal turf war that could tear Chicago apart …”

Lily and Scout are going to need all their skills to stay alive in this book. They are battling not only the Reapers but a new enemy.  Some sort of creature that looks like a rather large rat with very big fangs.  Scout will learn new spells, and Lily will learn new ways to control her Firespell.

This is the second book in Chloe Neill’s Dark Elite series and I’m enjoying it immensely. Forget the YA tag the publishers put on it.  It’s a book for anyone who likes Magic, Powers, Werewolves and other things that go bump in the night.

This is definitely a FIVE STAR READ.

Chloe Neill can be found at www.chloeniell.com and on FB at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chloe-Neill/155135847859564

FTC Full Disclosure: I took this book out of my local public library for the express purpose of enjoyment and sharing a review

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I couldn’t put this book down

Demonglass – Hex Hall #2

By Rachel Hawkins

Copyright March 2011

Publisher Hyperion Books

“Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?”

This book just grabbed me from page one all the way to the end. I was totally spellbound.

I also have to admit that the cliffhanger at the end makes “Who Shot J.R.” look like a nursery school story. I totally recommend this book to anyone who enjoys rollicking adventure, classic bad guys, and people who earned their white hats as good guys.

FTC Full Disclosure:  I borrowed this book from my local library for the single purpose of enjoying it and writing this review.

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My thoughts on a great Katie MacAlister book

Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend

Author Katie MacAlister

Copyright November 2010

Publisher New American Library

I love Kate MacAlister’s writing, and the title of this book intrigued me so much I took it out of the library. I’ve spent a day and a half reading it straight through.

Fran and her Faire friends are out of this world. I love how she gets into and out of problems that she either fell into or innocently caused. I’m watching out for her next adventure since I know the author would not leave us hanging, wondering when Fran will take her relationship with Ben to the next level.

Sometimes as a reviewer it’s hard to write about the book you’ve just read and enjoyed. The words don’t come and you still want to find a way to share your enjoyment of the story.  I hope I’ve managed to do that in this case.

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MJ Putney is going to take the YA Paranormal by Storm

The Dark Mirror
By: M. J. Putney
Published by St. Martin’s/Griffin
Copyright March 2011

Lady Victoria “Tory” Mansfield is the youngest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Fairmount. Her life was destined to be a charmed life of status and wealth. She was the envy of many of the other young girls. Tory knows she is lucky and that is why she is struggling to hide her secret, a talent for magic.

She could lose everything if this secret is exposed, but fate has another life planned for this young woman. The annual Fairmount Summer fete was in full roar, and her whole family is there along with everyone from the town and surrounding areas. She was watching everyone enjoying themselves when she heard an uproar from the area of the cliff path. Her nephew Jamie, running to catch is father slipped off the edge and fell from the cliff, and getting himself snagged on a growth of brush from the side of the cliff wall. His father and everyone else are getting frantic to find a way to save him before he falls to his death.

Tory has but one thought, and that is to save her nephew even at the risk of being found out as a Mage. She runs to the cliff and floats down to grab her nephew and brings him back up to her brother’s waiting arms. Her secret is out and her family is mortified.

The next day she is summarily bundled off to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for other young men and women in her situation. Here is where she learns secrets about herself and her true place in the world. Her adventures and new friends share a world that few will know or understand.

I’m looking forward to a long and successful run of this storyline from a fantastic and well known author. This book might be listed as YA but it will appeal to anyone who enjoys great adventure and characters who are three dimensional.

FTC Full Disclosure – This book was sent to me by Goodreads.com in hopes that I would review it.

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