Book Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Series: Mythos Academy #4.5

Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance

Rating: 1/5 stars

The Overview: 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. . .

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The Review:

It’s always fun to read from the love interest’s point of view, and I think Estep picked a great time to introduce Logan’s perspective – the events that happened in book four were incredibly pivotal for his character. While the storyline for this novella was entertaining, it left me wanting more… a lot more.

Spartan Frost was repetitive. I’d say about 75% of it was recap and reflection of what’s happened in the series so far. As this is a novella four books into this series, I think it would’ve been safe to assume that only fans of the series would be reading it (especially since it’s labeled book #4.5). Also, throughout all that recap, there was very little talk about what Logan went through. It might’ve been his voice, but the story was still centered around Gwen’s experiences.

Logan has been a great side character up to this point, but after reading this novella I get the impression he’s not as well-rounded as he could be. His struggles and thoughts were thin and often focused outward rather than inward. I was hoping to gain some insight to his character, and what I got was reflection and recap – and very little growth. Overall, I don’t think this short story added anything to Logan’s development – at least, no more than was added from reading the rest of the series from Gwen’s perspective. I think it actually revealed more to me about Sergei and Inari then it did Logan (and as those two are incredibly minor characters, it wasn’t a good thing for them to outshine the “hero”).

Recommendations: Take out all the recap, and what happened in a few dozen pages here could have been summed up in a two-page conversation in book five. It didn’t really add anything to the series and in fact detracted from my impression of Logan as a whole (from a characterization standpoint). I am disappointed and wish the author had taken the time to develop it into something deeper. I likely won’t be recommending this anytime soon.

Thank you, NetGalley, for the chance to read and review this book.

by Niki Hawkes

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