Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Review: Crimson Frost

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…

You know that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach?  When I first saw the cover and name for this book, the fourth in Estep's addictive Mythos Academy series, I just knew it wouldn't end well.  And it so does not on a variety of levels.

Here we go once again sorry just heard that song Gwen is all ready for a normal activity with a guy she digs and it all goes to hell quicker then you can say 'Loki Smash'.  Accused of being in cahoots with the Reapers (guys think about that for a moment please) Gwen once again finds herself reliving all that unfortunateness while the love of her life's father is basically saying 'Off with her head!'

Not a spectacularly good way to meet the 'rents as it were.

Logically I can understand why they'd suspect her.  Coincidences being what they are in her relatively short time as part of their 'world' shit has gotten real alarmingly fast and she's always at the center of it.  Loki being what he is--the trickster god--not terribly surprising they'd think her victim routine is a trick.  

Plus you know the real bad guy of the novel is really good at manipulating folks into doing what's best for Loki and the Reapers...

My only real complaint is that when they're finally gaining some ground as a couple, this happens and Logan's dad is a jerk about it.  His disdainful "You have the same foolish fondness for the Frost women that your Uncle did." had me wanting to punch the man. And of course his Uncle being Nikamedes and his affection for Gwen's mother (and Gwen now) was to what he referred to.

Some of this plays out like the second book, Kiss of Frost, in that Gwen is nearly killed a bunch of times--oh wait that's every book.  I suppose its really the manner in which Gwen is nearly killed that is similar.  Loki really needs better assassins...though he does choose the perfect tool in this book. 

The fifth book, Midnight Frost, is due out soon(ish) (August?) but until the you should all check out "Spartan Frost", a novella from Logan's POV about what happens well...after this book.  Cause the boy really needed ore stuff to angst over you know?