*This title will be released on December 24, 2012*
Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
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…
The Mythos Academy series is one that capitalizes on the formula that made the Harry Potter books so successful. Take an orphan (a girl this time), reveal a magical heritage that is responsible for the death of her parent, ship her off to a magical boarding school, give her an inexplicably hostile teacher as well as a sage and cryptic headmaster, and make her integral to plot to return an evil power to the world. There are even Death Eater equivalents known as Reapers. As this series has progressed, the Potter similarities have become more and more transparent. But try as it might, Mythos Academy is no Harry Potter.
Initially, Gwen’s touch magic and her ingenious way of using her ability to make a few bucks and solve a few mysteries was intriguing. But since the strong debut, the books have shifted further away from that Gwen to one who spends the entire beginning of the book degrading and criticizing every single thing about herself from her appearance, her shabby clothes, her personality, her intelligence, her physical capabilities, and on and on. After reading about what a worthless moron she claimed to be, it was hard not to agree with her.
As far as the actual plot goes, Gwen gets put on trial for her past ‘crimes’ and ends up recounting all the major events from the series. It’s basically the equivalent of a clip-show until the end. My overall enjoyment of the Mythos Academy series has declined steadily since the debut, but after CRIMSON FROST, I’m going to request a transfer to another school and take a pass on MIDNIGHT FROST when it releases in August 2013.
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