Spartan Heart (Mythos Academy: Colorado, #1) by Jennifer Estep // Warning Long Review Ahead //

December 22, 2017

// Kindle Edition, 279 pages //
// Published December 5th 2017 //
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At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.

Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents.

But something strange is going on at the Colorado Academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters.

I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . . . 


Mythos academy and Gwen Frost will always be my all time favorite series and character. There's something about it that pulls me into that world and i never want to leave. Therefore, when the books ended I was devastated, but when it was announced that we would have a spinoff and I knew I would have this world again I was so excited. And Jennifer Estep did not disappoint whatsoever. 

I wanted to do something important. Something that mattered. Something that would aid other people. And maybe, just maybe, something that would help make up for all my parents’ mistakes.

This spinoff focuses on Rory, Gwen’s cousin. Rory is a Spartan that can make anything into a weapon. And I mean really anything. Want to kill someone with a toothpick? She can make it happen for you. And not only can she kill you with it, but she never misses. What makes her super deadly and super interesting. Rory lost her parents in the previous books because they were reapers and were killed by a bad guy. This gives her some motivation in the book to find out what were her parents reasons to join the reapers and decide if she wants to join them or fight them. Rory is also going to have her own sword to fight the bad guys that has a curse attached to it… A very annoying Irish sword that I adored, called Babs.

I really liked getting to know Rory. Previously, Jennifer did a great job creating Gwen and making her into a girl that turns her weakness into her biggest strength. And she did it again. Rory was a character that was strong from day one, even though she had some moments where she doubted herself. She was loyal to her friends and determined to fight the bad guys to the very end. She’s selfless and hard to kill, paired with a lot of sarcasm to help her out in times of need. She was a fantastic lead character and I can’t wait to read more about her.

Devotion is strength .

And I realized something. Friends were strength too, the best kind of strength there was—not to mention love, hope, and happiness.

There’s something else this author does very well… The romantic interest it’s always spot on! And now the romantic interest was Ian. Ian also lost his brother to the reapers, so from the beginning they have this in common even though they bicker every single time they meet. It’s a love/hate relationship that worked super well. But the most important part is, that the romance part of the book does not revolve around only that. The romance is in the background, making appearances here and there. It’s quite subtle which makes it even better and builds it up quite nicely.

I sighed. “Okay, so maybe Ian isn’t a complete jackass like I thought he was. But that doesn’t mean the two of us are going steady or anything. We just hate each other slightly less than before.” “Ri-i-ight,” 

Zoe drawled again. “Keep telling yourself that.”

The main story is about a group of reapers that want to dominate the world and prove to everyone how bad they are. So, for that, they steal artifacts and try to kill as many people as they can. This is not by any means a super intricate storyline in which you don’t know what’s going to happen until the end. No. In fact, this is quite predictable. The good guys are going to defeat the bad guys… But that’s okay. It doesn’t make the story any less interesting. It just makes it easier to read. I’ve come to learn that Jennifer’s books are more centered around the details and the strength of her characters. And, she does this soooooo freaking well that having a simpler story does not affect the quality of the book in any way, shape or form. 

I always loved the Mythos academy books and can’t say enough good things about them, and Spartan Heart lived up to my expectation and exceeded them. This book is predictable but enjoyable, funny and incredible sarcastic. You have the talented friend that’s crazy good at giving makeovers, you have a ball and some kickass mythical creatures. It’s just puts you in a good mood whilst reading it and takes you into a new fantastic world. Jennifer Estep I don’t know how you do it, but congratulations.  

5/5 Stars

                                                     // Book 4 of Mythos Academy //
                                                    // Book 5 of Mythos Academy //
                                                    // Book 6 of Mythos Academy //

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