Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer EstepKiss of Frost (Mythos Academy, #2) by Jennifer Estep
Published by K-Teen on November 29, 2011
Pages: 337
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four-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...

Hmm. Where to start? Well… After finishing Touch of Frost (book one) I immediately e-purchased Kiss of Frost. I was THAT hooked. Just knowing that I could continue the journey right then and there lead to the imminent one-click. The Mythos Academy series is quickly becoming one of my guilty pleasures. Kiss of Frost had everything I wanted and then some. All the great characters from book one were back including some new ones mainly in the form of a gorgeous guy from the “New York” branch of Mythos Academy. Between Logan’s hot-and-cold tendencies, the threat revealed at the end of Touch of Frost, and new guy’s advances, Gwen’s heart is in danger, physically and emotionally.

Touch of Frost was a perfect sequel. Sometimes book series suffer from the a second-book slump but I think book two was even better than the first. Now that we’ve got to know our characters and their world, the story was able to branch out and progress. Although Gwen Frost found herself a loner in Touch of Frost, she now has a great, knit group of friends whose got her back. She is definitely going need some backup because the action rises threefold in this installment. Freak accidents keep occurring and the only thing connecting them is their blatant target: Gwen.

One aspect of Kiss of Frost I really enjoyed was the arcs the characters took. Although at some points I found Gwen a little stubborn she still remains one of the strongest heroines I know. Although she doesn’t always think a plan through, she’s got a great heart, always putting herself on the line for others. This is a *small spoiler* but I’m really happy with Gwen and Daphne’s friendship progression throughout Kiss of Frost. Daphne really helps Gwen break out of her loner-shell. Even though Gwen spends a good chunk of the book solo, Daphne always, and thoughtfully includes Gwen in her plans and outings. A lot of times Gwen’s what they refer to as a “third wheel” but Daphne being a great friend, always makes her feel welcome. Their new-found BFF status really is a shining point throughout the book.

Also, I want to give a small shout out to Vic the coolest, funniest, and blood-thirstiest talking sword around. A lot of my favorite lines come from that little guy…er… man..sword…thing.

“Vic wanted to kill things-Reapers, specifically. Until we’re both bathed in their blood and hungry for more! he crowed to me more than once when I was alone in my dorm room practicing with him.”

I giggle every time Vic speaks, I can’t help but read his lines with a mock-British accent. “Bloody” this and “bloody” that. He’s so cute with his snarky attitude and constant need to kill. If I ever had a magic sword to wield, I’d totally want a talking one just like Vic.

When it comes down to, Touch of Frost was an exhilarating ride. I give it a 4/5 star rating due to it being chock full of snark, action, drama, and humor. The story keeps getting juicier and I’m quickly falling deeply in-love with the characters. There’s such a great mixture and I’m anxious to see where they are headed now due to the end-of-book revelations. Gwen’s plate just got a lot heaver and I can’t wait to get my hands on book three so I can see how she manages it.

 

four-stars

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