Crimson Frost- Jennifer Estep
I am so INVOLVED in the Frost series it is not even funny. I’d give up a letter to go to Hogwarts if I could go to Mythos instead.
Our gypsy girl, Gwen, has grown so much and it is wonderful to watch her progression from misfit to heroine over the course of these books. She isn’t perfect but she is so relatable and endearing. Her supporting cast is hard to beat too—Daphne, Carson, Logan, even that insult spouting sword Vic. Crimson Frost picks up where Dark Frost left off, and we FINALLY have a first date between Gwen and the Spartan Logan. Well what happens on this first date defies imagining. If you’re on the side of good, and you ought to be, you spend most of this book annoyed and frustrated at red tape, idiot adults and moronic bureaucratic processes. That being said, throughout this book I felt Gwen was closer to disaster than all the previous ones. Not only is there a threat to her life, but there is a questioning of her character, her intentions, her self. As always though, Gwen faces her trials with grace and unrelenting determination. I loved every second of it. I will warn that the ending GUTTED me. Devastated. I may not get out of bed tomorrow sad. Yet hope endures.
The world of Mythos, even with evil Reapers and a freed Loki, feels like home. I relish every word of this series and cannot wait, seriously CAN.NOT. (hint, hint) to find out what happens next.
Crimson Frost is out now from Kensington Publishing. Get your copy here!
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Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels- by Hélène Boudreau
Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels is the third book in the Real Mermaids series. I will say that it most certainly helps if you have read the first two books before reading this one; there is quite a bit of back-story and character connections that make much more sense if you read the series in order. I thought THIS book, however, was adorable. Jade has quite a bit of gumption for a fish out of water (pun intended). The friendships are strong throughout the book but in particular between Jade and Cori, the romantic entanglements age appropriate and the high school nerves accurate for the new freshmen. While I was skeptical of the ability of a 14 year old to spearhead and complete a revolution in a day, I relished Jade’s time on land navigating the problems of high school dances, school elections, sports teams and the big dance. I would highly recommend this series for pre-teen and early teen readers interested in mermaids or just looking for a fun, silly, easy read.
Real Mermaid’s Don’t Need High Heels is out from Sourcebooks on February 1st . Pre-order your copy here.
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Georgetown Academy by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
I don’t even know where to start with Georgetown Academy apart from the fact that I wish I could have gone to school there. Think Gossip Girl meets D.C. politics. Yes and yes and yes! The story rotates among several characters all with parents in politicians in D.C. This group of elite, privileged students function as much on scandal and PR spin as they do on fashion. Did you just die a little because I did. The clothes! DEAR GOD THE CLOTHES! They only thing hotter than the fashion is the rumors and maybe a certain makeout scene. Ellie is my favorite character with her sweet nature and torn heart. Evan is the budding journalist and the will she/wont she sell her best friend up the river for her big break question is gripping! Brinley is the resident mean girl and while she might be a self-important, queen bee she manages to run GA but not her own life well. Even I feel a bit bad for her. Taryn is the naive new girl and most certainly a threat to the existing social order. The boys too run the gamut from good, to bad, to gay, to douchey. I sincerely couldn’t get enough of this tangled web they have weaved. I immediately bought Book 2. Georgetown Academy is the perfect read to keep you busy while waiting for Santa to arrive so get it now!
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