Narrator: Tara Sands

Audio Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 29, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Audio Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer EstepCrimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #4
Narrator: Tara Sands
Published by Brilliance Audio on December 24th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes
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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…


If you can’t tell by the key word in the title, Crimson. This is the most act packed installment of the Mythos Academy. Many Reaper bodies hit the floor as Gwen and the others fight to stay alive when a group of Reapers break into the Library of Antiquities.

But we get to the bloody parts we get to see Gwen and Logan on their first date but like all things Gwen, it doesn’t end well. Members of the Protectorate, a group of Mythos leaders, crash it to take Gwen into custody. And what makes is even more awkward….Logan’s dad, Linus is one of the Protectorate.

And thanks to Logan’s douche of a dad the whole student body is out to get Gwen for something she didn’t even do. But hey, it’s not the Protectorate’s problem. Daphne, Carson, Vic and Grandma Frost are all back to stand in Gwen’s corner during her rough times dealing with the Reapers, the Protectorate and the fickle student body at the academy. Even the snarky librarian, Nickamedes is on team Gwen to help clear her name and keep her from going to prison or worse, being put to death for a crime she didn’t comment.

While everyone is busy kicking ass and taking names so there’s little romance but Gwen and Logan steal a few sweet moments here and there. And just when you think that their sweet romance might start heating up Estep pulls the rug out from under them. But that’s to be expected in an Urban Fantasy.

My only complaint about the series as a whole is best summed up by quoting a fellow Estep fan and blogger…

I just wish we could get a little more of a mature dynamic in the relationship department. It doesn’t have to be dirty or anything, but it feels very innocent for 17. (Maybe this would be less bothersome for folks who are bigger YA fans. I read these because I love Estep… not necessarily the genre.) – Jen at Red Hot Books

Over all Crimson Frost is my favorite in the series and I can see the series only getting better. If we can’t have a sweaty romance then I’m ok with more bloody action.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at

Audio Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Audio Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 15, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    First Thought: What the hell is everyone’s problem?! Series Deja Vu: Since starting this series I’ve compared it to a mix of Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (minus the vamps). There is definitely some HP like elements. The reapers remind me of the death eaters in Harry Potter. And I think Nickamedes and Gwen’s relationship is much like Snape and Harry’s. The Story: Dark Frost start off with a bang when some of the students are attacked by reapers at a museum during the Christmas break.  Gwen and the gang make it out ok but now they are left wondering why the reapers attacked. Like the bad guys in the movies…. they always come back for more if you don’t make sure they’re […]

Audio Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Audio Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 8, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

    First Thought: Gwen is really coming into her power. The Story: “Logan Quinn was trying to kill me.” Is the first sentence and the emotional theme of Kiss of Frost. Poor Gwen, she has to watch Logan suck face with Savannah. But then enters Preston, the blonde haired, blue eyed, very hot Viking from New York branch of Mythos. The students are excited for the yearly trip to a ski resort for the Winter Carnival, where Gwen meets the super cute Preston. But just when he looks like he could help Gwen forget about Logan, she learns that Preston has a secret. Gwen is still trying to find her place at Mythos Academy and dealing with the lost of her mother. She’s still just […]

Audio Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Audio Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 1, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

    First Thought A fun YA story that’s part Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Why I Listened I’m a HUGE fan of Estep’s Elemental Assassin series so I bought the print copy of Touch of Frost at RT back in May. But after signing up for the 7 day free trail at I thought I’d give the audio a try. Oy! The narration was not the best. I found Sands’ voice for Gwen to be a bit whiny, which is a shame since Estep’s EA series has an excellent narrator. But I was pressed for time to finish the book and stuck with the audio. But I will be reading the rest of the series. The Story Touch of Frost is about a teenage Gypsy […]