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Review: “Kiss of Frost,” Jennifer Estep

May 7, 2014
Review: “Kiss of Frost,” Jennifer EstepKiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)
Written by Jennifer Estep
Published November, 2011 by Kensington Teen
337 pages
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy
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two-stars

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 marks my second and final venture into the world of Gwen Frost and Mythos Academy. Unfortunately, this one didn’t improve upon the problems I had with it’s predecessor and spent a lot of time recapping the storyline or following a predictable plotline.

I had a few problems with the first ‘Mythos Academy’ book, Touch of Frost, however I felt it did offer a unique spin on the boarding school/kids with magic storyline and decided to continue with the next book to see if it improved. Sadly, it didn’t. Kiss of Frost was no better – in fact, I felt it was a lot worse – and offered nothing new or surprising to the series.

I just can’t get behind Gwen Frost as a hero or likeable main character. Even her hot/cold relationship with Logan failed to inject life into the wintery landscape that was Kiss of Frost.

As for the main plot twist, I had it picked out as soon as she met the ‘swoonworthy’ Preston. The same thing can be said for all the ‘mini-plots’ within this story such as Oliver’s secret, Grace Frost’s death and Logan’s relationship with Savannah. I felt as if Jennifer Estep was gathering all the predictable plot devices known to YA and using them in Kiss of Frost. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the book, but it was just really silly and I expected something more – something more intelligent.

It’s pretty bad when the most shocking/unforseen thing you learn in a 300-page book regards an uncle-nephew relationship.

I also drew a lot of comparisons to the ‘Vampire Academy’ series with this one. The second book in ‘Vampire Academy’, called Frostbite, is also set in the snowy mountains as a school getaway.

A good 25% of this book felt recycled from the first, too. I like a small recap with a second installment in a series – especially if there has been a large amount of time between their release – but in this case, it was just excessive. As soon as Gwen mentioned something, such as the library, I immediately knew I was in for a convoluted spiel about just how intricate and lifelike the stone creatures that adorned its exterior were, and so on and so forth. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out certain paragraphs were simply copied and pasted from Touch of Frost into Kiss of Frost.

The irksome catch phrases Gwen chooses on using every two pages are back, too; ‘magic mumbo jumbo’, ‘warrior whiz kids’, ‘my gypsy gift’, ‘froufrou’, ‘The Powers That Were’… My teeth were basically grinding from page one. I’ve seen this complaint in a lot of other reviews, too, with some readers using the ‘find’ tool on their electronic copies to see just how many times a certain phrase comes up. I bet it’s a ridiculous amount.

All in all, Kiss of Frost was just downright disappointing. I had a lot of trouble finishing this one – the only thing that kept me going was my desire to write about just how unhappy I was with it. I really wanted to get behind the ‘Mythos Academy’ series, but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be.

Recommended to: If you really loved the first book, you may like this one. However, if like me you had your doubts, I’d say steer clear of Kiss of Frost.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience.

12 Comments

  • Reply Kate @ Fictional Thoughts May 11, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Haha… Wonder what it says about me that not only have I read this entire series – but I liked it…

    I can see what you mean though – about it being rather irksome. If you didn’t like this one then I think it’s a good idea to quit the series. It’s just more of the same.
    And if you think this book is reminiscent of Vampire Academy – don’t read Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout! That one read like a carbon copy!

  • Reply Jeann @ Happy Indulgence May 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Great review Brittany, you are right it really does remind me of VA! A shame it was mainly recycled from the first, it seemed like the author didn’t know where to go.
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  • Reply Joy @ Thoughts By J May 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve never read this series, but just from the synopsis, I was already comparing it to Vampire Academy (and I’ve only read the first VA). KoF sounds really bad, I’m surprised you managed to make it through the whole book, so many kudos to you for that. Thanks for the honest review Brittany! x
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  • Reply Brett May 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Argh, Britt, I don’t think I’ll ever get around to starting this series by the sounds of that. Cliches and sloppy plots grate me to no end now. I wonder how we’d go rereading Hush Hush now or if you would have enjoyed this more had you read it a couple years back. Still, those overused descriptors do sound annoying. Thanks for warning us about this one!
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  • Reply Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) May 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I had considered trying this book out a year ago but it no longer seems so appealing.

    Lovely review, Brittany! <33
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  • Reply Kelly May 8, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Good grief Brittany, this honestly sound horrendous. Bet you wish you never bothered. This is probably a series that could do with cutting out the middle book altogether. Just going by your review, it sounds exactly like far too many aspects were ‘borrowed’ from VA. So sorry that it didn’t live up to your expectations, I wouldn’t bother continuing on with the series either. Thanks for the brilliantly honest review.
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