Friday, 27 April 2012

Kiss of Frost Review

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy 2)
-         Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Kensington

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...

This is the second book following Gwen Frost, a Gypsy with the power to know the history of any object or person she touches. The school she goes to is Mythos Academy – filled with the descendants of many specialist warriors – Vikings, Romans, Amazons, Valkeries, Spartans…all training to fight the Reapers of Chaos who want to release the evil god Loki in the world.

This time around Gwen and her friends head to the mountains for some skiing fun with Mythos’s annual winter fayre. I have to admit as soon as I read that my first thought was – didn’t St Vladamir’s go away for a skiing weekend in the second Vampire Academy book as well…? And that meant I spent some time comparing the two books – from Gwen’s feeling like a third-wheel with her best friend and her new boyfriend, to feeling spurned by the guy she likes and meeting an intriguing new guy in the mountains. However, there were enough differences between characters to make it feel like a different book – even if the general story felt similar. The world is unique and the mix of different cultures and mythology at Mythos in a different setting that is slowly being explored.

I like Gwen’s curiosity and geekiness – not many main characters are comic book fans, that’s usually reserved for the best friend! She is less introverted this time round than she was in A Touch of Frost and is starting to make friends with other students. However, she is still a little naïve and it was painfully obvious who was after her. Still it was a nice easy read and I did enjoy spending time with the characters. The fight scenes are exciting and I liked the twists at the end with Gwen becoming more determined and stronger for all she’s been through. Plus Logan is a great romantic lead who is easy to fall for. An solid entry in the series with great potential for the next book!

Recommended for fans of Vampire Academy and House of Night. 7 out of 10


  1. Haha! You're right. It's the best friend that is usually the geek.

    Can't wait to meet Logan and fall for him. ;)

  2. I liked the book but like you say she is naive, a little to much for me. When she didn't understand it annoyed me a little. The first one has some greater surprised. But well it's also a nice read and I can't wait to read the third.

  3. Logan ticks me off and yet... I swoon for him. Darn Spartan! :D

    I enjoy this story too. I also love that she is a geek!

  4. Hm, when you say that it does sound really alike, too alike for me really in the end