Written by Jennifer Estep
Published November, 2011 by Kensington Teen
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy
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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.