Logan Quinn was trying to kill me. My Spartan classmate relentlessly pursued me, swinging his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes practically glowed with the thrill of battle…
I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, and I have no idea how I’m going to survive the rest of the semester. One day, I’m getting schooled in swordplay by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gorgeous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invisible archer in the Library of Antiquities decides to use me for target practice. And now, I find out that someone at the academy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…
Kiss of Frost is the second book in the Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series. It picks up soon after Touch of Frost left off. Gwen is nursing a broken heart after being shunned by Logan in the previous book. She’s also continuing her education at the Academy and learning how fight. As the goddess Nike’s champion, she’s honing her skills and discovering new ways to use her gypsy gift, psychometry. And it’s a good thing too because someone wants her dead.
Although Gwen has a killer after her, this book is not really big on the action and fight scenes. There is enough to keep it exciting , but the focus in more on the mystery and romance this time. Overall I was disappointed in the mystery as it was predictable to the point where I thought perhaps it was so obvious there must be a big reveal coming that I totally missed.
Where this story really shined was in the emotional arena where we see Gwen dealing with her broken heart and trying to move on as Logan, her friends and pretty much everyone at the Academy seem to be involved in relationships. Gwen, who already feels like an outsider as the only gypsy at the school tries to move forward only to see signs of jealousy from the boy who shunned her. Things are looking up.
We also learn more about Gwen’s mother and her history. The story takes a very sad turn when Gwen learns some things regarding her mother’s death and what it might mean to her and her future. The secrets that are revealed could very well define the kind of heroine Gwen will become I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this goes for her.
I said in my review of Touch of Frost:
Gwen is easy to relate to and from her point of view the world may not make sense but she doesn’t make it worse with silly decisions and selfish behavior. She’s not totally thrilled with the responsibilities and the burden her gift puts on her, but she doesn’t brood and hate the world because of it. She still sees her gift as a gift.
In Kiss of Frost, we see more vulnerability in Gwen. There is a bit more angst and she stumbles emotionally because she is inexperienced, but she is still a solid heroine. I like that Estep remembers that Gwen is a teenager and she doesn’t try to force her character into an adult mold for the sake of writing strong heroine. I love that Gwen is not perfect but she doesn’t cross the line into overly angsty, and selfishness that sometimes frustrates me in the Young Adult genre. I think Estep does a good job of allowing Gwen to be a teenager without making her into a heroine that is hard to get along with.
While I thought the mystery was predictable it was not boring and it didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the overall story. The emotional aspect of the story and the romance really worked for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Gwen evolves and what direction this series will take.
“I’m a Gypsy,” I snarled. “Nike’s freaking Champion. Blessed and gifted with magic by the goddess herself. And Nike is victory itself, remember? That’s who and what she is.”
“So what?” ******* muttered.
“So I found a way to beat you, dumbass. I found a way to win.”
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