Young Adult Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy, #6)Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher:
 Kensington Books
Format:
 ARC
ISBN: 9780758281548
Genre: Young Adult
Release date:  February 25th 2014
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

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Review:

This is the last book in this series and I’m sad to say goodbye to Gwen and her adventures as Nike Champion. After all the dangerous situations and the drama around her personal life we can see that Gwen has grown a lot and found some way to survive and try to save the world. She’s the only one with the power to kill Loki and make sure he doesn’t destroy the world, but she has no idea how to do it, sure she has friends willing to help and the artifacts other Gods created that could help in the battle.

I loved this story, it’s full of action and Gwen of course had to save the world. I liked this last book and the final battle. Vivian was such a terrible girl and after all the talking she demonstrated that in the end Loki chose the right person to lead his army. I loved the characters and how we got caught up in the battle. Metis and Nickamedis helped a lot. But Logan was perfect in this book, we saw these two growing apart but now in the times of danger, he always comes to the rescue. Loved the story and I’m not saying spoilers, so this review will be short.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – First Frost
#1 – Touch of Frost
#2 – Kiss of Frost
#3 – Dark Frost
#4 – Crimson Frost
#4.5 – Spartan Frost

#5 – Midnight Frost
#6 – Killer Frost 

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Urban Fantasy Review: The Spider by Jennifer Estep

The Spider (Elemental Assassin, #10)The Spider by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:
 Pocket Books
Format:
 ARC
ISBN: 1451689012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date:  December 24th 201
Number of pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss

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Summary:

The tenth book in the bestselling and “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series finally reveals for the first time the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadliest of assassins.

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

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Review:

This is currently one of my favorite series and every time I finish a book it’s the saddest moments because I remember the waiting for the next one is going to be real long. Usually I get an ARc and let me tell you it’s an emotional moment and I love to share the news. Jennifer Estep is my Idol at the moment and her two series are my addictions. I don’t even want to think about saying goodbye to Gin and Gwen.

So I had my doubts about this particular story because it’s set in the past, precisely ten years and Gin is starting to create a name for herself as an assassin. Don’t get me wrong seeing Gin in action is always perfect, but I was thinking about those sidekicks of her that I love, like Bria and Owen. I think is clear for everyone my love for this big family, but now imagine my surprise when I get to see them playing a part in this story? I was so happy to see Xavier again and Owen.

I loved seeing a different Gin, she’s a little insecure, but clearly is still learning her way in this dangerous assassin world. Fletcher was another great surprise in this book, the story for me was made for Gin and her big heart, because the moment she discovered a girl was in harm’s way everything changed. I loved seeing her falling in love, because we can see she’s just human and make mistakes like everyone.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 – 
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting
#8.2 – Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks
#8.5 – Kiss of Venom
#9 – Heart of Venom

#10 – The Spider
#11 – Poison Promise

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Urban Fantasy Review: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)

The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.
When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point—can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out…

Title: Heart of Venom
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Format: ebook from Edelweiss
ISBN: 1451689004
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: August 27th 2013
Number of pages: 384
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I love Gin and how protective she is of her friends and adoptive family. Everyone is really important to her and whenever someone she knows is in danger we can clearly see how much it affects her and all the hell she makes to save them. This book was intense and I spent a good portion biting my nails and hoping everything would be okay, but the story also brought some good memories and reminders for Gin of her purpose.

Sophia had some misfortune in the past and until today she is haunted by those memories, we can see she tries to hide and doesn’t trust in just anyone, but this book explained what happened all those years ago and also brought the bad guys back. Sophia was rescued by the Tin Man and that is one of the reasons Gin is so close to the Deveraux sisters.

I liked the action in this book, but for me the best part were the memories and Owen coming back. Don’t get me wrong, he was a bastard but this time he’s trying really hard and I believe Gin deserves a nice romance with a guy that understand her demons and her profession.

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 –
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting
#9 – Heart of Venom
#10 – The Spider (Expected publication: December 24th 2013)

Young Adult Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy, #5)

Here we go again …
Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.
As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

Title: Midnight Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher:  K-Teen
Format: ebook from Netgalley
ISBN: 0758281498
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: July 30th 2013
Number of pages: 400
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Another Mythos book and more adventures and drama are heading to Gwen, but this time one thing I did not liked was the fact her grandmother is hiding some secrets until today, because come on Gwen life could depend on those things and pretty much everyone knows except her. Strange right, but now she knows her father was from a very dangerous family and once he wasn’’t such a good guy. Come one he was a Reaper. Me think the girl needs a few more lessons on family history.
 
But the book is not just about Gwen finding her family hoots. Now like always the Reapers are after her and for once Gwen discovered before the attack, but couldn’t alert Nickamedes and he was a casualty. But Gwen also discovered a way to save him, so off the troop went to find the secret ingredient. Am I the only one thinking that’s a trap? Apparently not because the group decided to try and even Logan returned.
 
Gwen being her usual self saved a few people on the way and now she just needs to save Nickamedes. Not everything is completely easy, but I liked the twists and turns this book provided. And Logan is back!!

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Series in Order

#0.5 – First Frost
#1 – Touch of Frost
#2 – Kiss of Frost
#3 – Dark Frost
#4 – Crimson Frost
#4.5 – Spartan Frost

#5 – Midnight Frost
#6 – Killer Frost (Expected publication: February 25th 2014)


 

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Young Adult Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy, #4.5)

I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was — until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.
Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.
I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story …

Title: Spartan Frost
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher:  K-Teen
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 0758294778
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 25th 2013
Number of pages: 60
 

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I love Gwen and this book is almost perfect. I have a few issues with this cover and if you’re following this series, we both now this is so not a guy. But anyway I missed Gwen in this little novella and it’s actually funny, but I never hated Logan, even after everything he did in the last book, I’m not saying what!!
 
Logan is actually perfect, because he never knows about anything and he was clearly betrayed, so more pity and that is exactly what he’s running from. He is in love with Gwen but after the way he acted and how much he was hurt her, it’s actually understandable seeing him trying to put some distance between them, but I liked knowing his doubts and he’s clearly trying to get back on his feet.
 
So this was a nice little insight to Logan POV and I liked seeing him torn about Gwen.
 

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – First Frost
#1 – Touch of Frost
#2 – Kiss of Frost
#3 – Dark Frost
#4 – Crimson Frost
#4.5 – Spartan Frost

#5 – Midnight Frost (Expected publication: August 2013)

Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8)

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.

Title: Deadly Sting
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 1451688997
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: March 26th 2013
Number of pages: 400

 
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Not my favorite book, maybe because Gin is practically alone most of time or maybe because the action took course for just one night and I like the building expectation. There was not as many Finn jokes, plus Owen is still being upset and moody.

I liked the book after the first 40%. Gin started a plan and tried to save everyone, even if some of them didn’t deserved. Plus there’s also a bit of investigation along the way. I liked the end and how Gin as always almost died, but still had some smartness in her to make a joke.

I liked Gin doing her best and her ideas were really good for the entire evening, but her sidekick gang was almost missing on the action with little participations of Owen and Bria. I like more when we get to see Gin along the family, it makes her seem more human and loved.

The end was a surprise for me, because I did not expected Gin’s actions, but it was quite fitting after everything she’s been through this past months, now we just have to wait to see the next drama unfold and hope for Owen get back on the wagon.

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 –
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting
#9 – Heart of Venom (Expected publication: August 27th 2013)

Review: Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep

Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)

I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.
Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.
Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.
Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

Title: Widow’s Web
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1451651775
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: August 21st 2012
Number of pages: 384

 
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This book was not my favorite for one simple reason: Owen and the way he became so blind after this Salina showed up. He’s such a guy and couldn’t even believe his own friends and family. She created a big fat lie and he fell for it years without once thinking it could be something else.

I always liked Owen and the way he treated Gin in the other books, plus he’s a really good brother. He had some problems and became successful after living on the streets, but that did not explain why he became so blind with anything related with Salina. She was his first love and suffered a lot in her life too, but she’s very powerful and can handle herself just fine.

I liked how we discovered more about Owen past and his connection with Kincaid. I never really thought Philly was all that bad, but after this book, he’s more like another addition to Gin’s big family.

So this book was all about Salina and how she came back to execute her revenge against the people that left her father die on Mab’s hands, but also she wants to become the new boss in town. Gin since the begin can see she’s more than just a pretty and has a hard time doing what she wants and accepting what Owen and Eva wants.

I felt really bad for Gin, because she was stuck and no matter what she chose the path would definitely lead to pain.

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 –
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting (Expected publication: March 26th 2013)