Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy Series #2)

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy Series #2)

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by Jennifer Estep

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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 practially glowed with the thrill of battle. . .

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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 practially 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. . .

Praise for Touch of Frost

"An intriguing start to an exciting new series!"

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VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Not long ago, Gwen Frost started attending Mythos Academy in Cypress Mountain, North Carolina, to learn how to use her gypsy magic, but she has already had to fight for her life against a fellow student who turned out to be a Reaper. Now Gwen needs to get serious about her weapons training, push the limits of her psychometry abilities, and stop dwelling on her unrequited crush, Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. After an onslaught of nearly fatal accidents, it becomes clear that the recently vanquished Reaper was not acting alone. Maybe going with the other students to the Winter Carnival weekend getaway and watching Logan with his current girlfriend would be a better, safer choice than staying on campus alone. One avalanche and one Fenrir wolf later, maybe on campus alone was the better choice? Gwen has all the key elements of a contemporary romance heroine: she is gutsy, vulnerable, and has a mad crush on a cute boy, and that will be the major attraction for older teen readers. There are repeated references to drinking, smoking, and casual sex, but nothing is described in graphic detail. Enough background information is provided for readers who start with this second book in the series, but most teens interested in this title will be returning readers. Bonus material at the end of book is labeled "Beyond the Story" and includes Gwen's description of the Winter Carnival, a tour of the campus buildings, and a who's who of students, adults, and mythological beings. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—It's not necessary to have read Touch of Frost (Kensington, 2011) to enjoy this sequel. Gwen Frost is training at the Mythos Academy to fight the enemies of humankind. Unfortunately she's years behind the curve, as she has only recently joined and most of the other students have been attending since childhood. They all have unique godlike powers, and Gwen, a Gypsy, has the psychic ability to touch objects and sense their history and secrets; she can read people in the same way if she touches them. Gwen has been targeted for assassination due to her involvement in the death of a student who was one of the Reapers (villains in league with the evil god Loki). Things really heat up as a series of attacks begin at school and at the ski resort where the annual Winter Carnival is held. Will Gwen be able to figure out who the Reaper is before it's too late? And, more importantly, will she discover how to get handsome Logan Quinn to fall in love with her? A misfit, a rebel, and always figuring things out on the fly, Gwen is an exciting protagonist. Readers get to see the rich, exclusive school setting combined with fantastical fighting and sprinkled with romance. A fun, fast read.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Psychometrist Gwen Frost returns in this series sequel to investigate mysteries and attempt to forestall a clash of titans. With her usual sarcasm and self-deprecation, Gwen again narrates, while Estep capitalizes on details she laid in opener Touch of Frost (2011). Characters who previously resembled caricatures gain new depth, and the evolving storyline grows more nuanced. Gwen herself is wiser, flexing greater understanding of people's mystifying motives. By the time she and her mythologically descended classmates attend the annual Winter Carnival, early in the novel, Gwen has survived two attacks on her life. A third attempt to thwart Gwen occurs soon enough, but the book's gnawing tension stems from the romantic subplots. Gwen's main squeeze eludes her long enough for readers to empathize with those moments when jealousy strikes her--in this manner, as in many others, high school is the same for preternaturally gifted adolescents as for normal ones. The author deftly manipulates other teenage crushes, planting false trails as to who wants Gwen dead, though these red herrings will be obvious to some readers. No twists profoundly stun or enlighten, and sinister moments that arise fail to elicit spasms of horror. Estep elects to keep from exploring Gwen's dark side but exploits her magical powers in innovative ways. Less formulaic and more suspenseful than its precursor, though still on the tame side. (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)

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A Mythos Academy Novel
By Jennifer Estep


Copyright © 2011 Jennifer Estep
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-6694-1

Chapter One

Logan Quinn was trying to kill me.

The Spartan relentlessly pursued me, cutting me off every single time I tried to duck around him and run away.

Swipe-swipe-swipe. Logan swung his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching a little closer to my throat every single time. His muscles rippled underneath his tight long-sleeved T-shirt as he smoothly moved from one attack position to the next. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice blue eyes practically glowed with the thrill of battle.

I did not glow with the thrill of battle. Cringe, yes. Glow, no.


I brought up my own sword, trying to fend off Logan before he separated my head from my shoulders. Three times, I parried his blows, wincing whenever his sword hit mine, but the last time, I wasn't quite quick enough. Logan stepped forward, the edge of his sword a whisper away from kissing my throat before I could do much more than blink and wonder how it had gotten there to start with.

And Logan didn't stop there. He snapped his free wrist to one side and knocked my weapon out of my hand, sending it flying across the gym. My sword somersaulted several times in the air before landing point down in one of the thick mats that covered the gym floor.

"Dead again, Gypsy girl," Logan said in a soft voice. "That makes twelve kills in a row now."

I sighed. "I know. Believe me, I know. And I'm not any happier about it than you are."

Logan nodded, dropped the sword from my throat, and stepped back. Then he turned and looked over his shoulder at two other Spartan guys who were sprawled across the bleachers, alternately texting on their phones and watching us with bored disinterest.

"Time?" Logan asked.

Kenzie Tanaka hit a button on his phone. "Forty-five seconds. Up from thirty-five seconds the time before."

"Gwen's lasting a little longer at least," Oliver Hector chimed in. "Must be the Wonder Woman T-shirt finally adding to her awesome fighting skills."

My face flushed at his snide tone. Okay, so maybe I had worn my favorite long-sleeved superhero shirt this morning in hopes that it might bring me a little luck, which I seriously needed when it came to any kind of fight. But he didn't have to mock me about it, especially not in front of the others.

Oliver grinned and smirked at me. I crossed my arms over my chest and gave him a dirty look.

Kenzie looked at the other Spartan. "I think it's cool that Gwen likes superheroes."

Oliver frowned. He didn't like Kenzie sticking up for me, but he didn't say anything else. I didn't know what Oliver's deal was, but he always seemed to go out of his way to annoy me. Maybe he thought he was being charming or something. Some guys at Mythos Academy were like that—they thought being total jerks was supercool. Whatever. I had zero interest in the Spartan that way. Oh, Oliver was cute enough with his sandy blond hair, forest green eyes, bronze skin, and lazy grin. So was Kenzie, with that glossy black hair and those dark eyes. Not to mention the obvious muscles the two of them had and the lean strength that was so evident in their bodies. The only problem was that the two Spartans weren't Logan Quinn.

Logan was the one that I was interested in—even if he had already broken my heart back in the fall.

Thinking about my stupid, hopeless, unreturned feelings for Logan soured my already grumpy mood, and I stalked across the mats toward my sword.

The gym at Mythos Academy was about five times the size of a regular one, with a ceiling that soared several hundred feet above my head. In some ways, it was completely normal. Bright banners marking all the various academy championships in fencing, archery, swimming, and other froufrou sports dangled from the rafters, while wooden bleachers jutted out from two of the walls. Mats covered the floor, hiding the basketball court from sight.

But then there were the weapons.

Racks and racks of them were stacked against another wall, going up so high, there was a ladder attached to one side to get to the weapons on the top rows. Swords, daggers, staffs, spears, bows, and quivers full of curved, wicked-looking arrows. All of them razor sharp and ready to be picked up and used by the students, most of whom took exceptional pride in showing off their prowess with the sharp, pointed edges.

The weapons were one of the ways in which Mythos Academy was anything but normal.

I reached for my sword, which was still wobbling back and forth, reminding me of my old piano teacher's metronome slowly ticking from side to side. I reached down, but before I could tug the sword out of the mat a round silver bulge on the hilt snapped open, revealing a narrowed, angry eye.

"Another bloody defeat," Vic muttered, his displeasure giving even more bite to his British accent. "Gwen Frost, you couldn't kill a Reaper to save your bloody life."

I narrowed my own eyes and glared at Vic, hoping he would get the message to shut up already before Logan and the others heard him. I didn't want to advertise the fact that I had a talking sword. I didn't want to advertise a lot of things about myself. Not at Mythos.

For his part, Vic glared right back at me, his eye a curious color that was somewhere between purple and gray. Vic wasn't alive, not exactly, but I'd come to think of him as that way. Vic was a simple enough sword—a long blade made out of silver metal. But what made the sword seem, well, human to me was the fact that the hilt was shaped like half of a man's face, complete with a nose, an ear, a mouth, and a round, bulging eye. All put together, it looked like a real person had somehow been encased there in the silver hilt. It all added up to Vic, whatever or whoever he really was.

Well, that and his bloodthirsty attitude. Vic wanted to kill things—Reapers, specifically. Until we're both bathed in their blood and hungry for more! he'd crowed to me more than once when I was alone in my dorm room practicing with him.

Please. The only things I could kill with ease were bugs. And even then only the tiny ones. The big ones crunched too much and made me feel all guilty and icked out. Doing the same to Reapers of Chaos, some seriously bad guys, was totally out of the question.

"What are you going to do when a real Reaper attacks you?" Vic demanded. "Run away and hope he doesn't chase after you?"

Actually, that sounded like an excellent plan to me, but I knew Vic wouldn't see it that way. Neither would Logan, Kenzie, or Oliver, since the guys were all Spartans, descended from a long line of magical, mythological warriors. Killing things was as natural as breathing to them. It was what they'd been trained to do since birth, along with all the other kids at the academy.

For the most part, the guys at Mythos were either Vikings or Romans, while the girls were Valkyries or Amazons. But tons of other ancient warrior types attended the academy, everyone from Samurais and Ninjas, to Celts, to the Spartans in front of me.

Killing was definitely not natural to me, but I'd been thrust into this twisted world back at the start of the school year. That's when I'd first started attending Mythos, after a serious freak-out with my Gypsy magic back at my old public high school. Now the academy—with all its warrior whiz kids, scary Reaper bad guys, mythological monsters, and an angry, vengeful god—was a place that I just couldn't escape, no matter how much I would have liked to.

Especially since there was a goddess counting on me to do something about all the Bad, Bad Things out there in the world—and the ones hidden here on campus too.

"Shut up, Vic," I growled, tugging the sword free of the mat.

I felt Vic's mouth move underneath my palm like he was going to give me some more backtalk, but then he let out a loud harrumph and his eye snapped shut. I sighed again. Now, he was in one of his moods, which meant I was going to have to cajole him to open his eye and speak to me again later in the day. Maybe I'd turn on the TV in my dorm room and see if there was some kind of action-adventure movie playing. Watching the bad guys get theirs always seemed to bring Vic out of one of his funks, and the bloodier the movie, the better he liked it.

"Who are you talking to, Gwen?"

Oliver Hector's voice sounded right beside me, and I had to clamp my lips together to keep from shrieking in surprise. I hadn't heard the Spartan come up behind me.


He gave me a look that said he thought I was a complete freak, then shook his head. "Come on. Logan wants you to practice shooting targets next."

I looked around, but Logan had disappeared while I'd been talking to Vic. So had Kenzie Tanaka. They'd probably gone to get an energy drink out of one of the vending machines outside the gym, leaving me alone with Oliver. Great.

Even grumpier than before, I stalked behind Oliver over to the other side of the gym, where an archery target had been set up. The Spartan headed for one of the weapons racks while I kept going toward the bleachers.

The four of us had dumped our bags on the bleachers when we'd first come into the gym at seven this morning. I'd only been going to Mythos a few months, and I hadn't had the lifelong warrior training that the other students had. Now, I was struggling to catch up, which meant schlepping over to the gym every morning for an hour's worth of work with Logan and his friends before my regular classes started.

Out of all the kids at the academy, the Spartans were the best warriors, and Professor Metis had thought that they could whip me into shape in no time flat. It wasn't working out that way, though. I just wasn't warrior material, no matter what some people—goddess included—thought.

I slid Vic into his black leather scabbard and laid him flat on one of the bleachers, so he wouldn't fall off. I'd already dropped the sword enough times today. Then I reached into my gray messenger bag for a mirror and brush, so I could pull my hair back into a tighter, neater ponytail, since it had come undone while I'd been sparring with Logan.

I squinted at my reflection in the smooth glass. Wavy brown hair, winter white skin dotted here and there with a few freckles, and eyes that were a strange shade of purple. Violet eyes are smiling eyes, my mom had always said. I thought of how easily Logan had kicked my ass while we'd been training. Nope, I wasn't smiling about anything this morning.

When I was done fixing my hair, I put the mirror and brush back into my bag and threw it onto the bleachers. In the process, my bag hit Oliver's and knocked his to the floor because I was just that kind of total, uncoordinated klutz. And of course the top of his bag popped open, and all kinds of stuff spilled out, tumbling over the mats. Pens, pencils, books, his iPod, a laptop, some silver throwing daggers.

Sighing, I got down on my knees and started scooping everything back into the bag, careful to use the edge of my sleeve so as to not actually touch anything with my bare fingers. I had no desire to see into the inner workings of Oliver Hector's mind, but that's what would happen if I wasn't careful.

I managed to get everything back into the bag except for a thick red notebook. A couple of the metal rings had been bent out of shape, and they snagged on the fabric every time I tried to slide the notebook back into the bag where it belonged. I just didn't have a long enough sleeve to bend all the metal down, and I couldn't get a good grip with the soft cotton anyway. Exasperated, I took hold of the metal with my sleeve, so I wouldn't scrape my skin, then grabbed the bottom of the notebook with my bare hand.

The images hit me the second my fingers touched the red cover.

A picture of Oliver popped into my head, one of the Spartan leaning over the desk in his dorm room and writing in the notebook. One by one, the images flashed by, giving me a condensed, high-def version of Oliver alternately doodling, drawing, and scribbling furiously in the notebook. After a few seconds, the feelings kicked in, and I started experiencing Oliver's emotions, too. All the things he'd felt when he'd been writing in his notebook. The dull boredom of doing class assignments, the annoyed frustration of trying to understand some of the complicated homework, and then, surprisingly, a soft, dreamy fizz that warmed my whole body—

"What are you doing? That's mine," Oliver snapped in a harsh voice.

I shook off the images and feelings, and looked up. The Spartan stood over me, his features tight and pinched.

"Sorry," I snapped back. "I didn't think a guy like you would be so protective of his notebook. What's in here that's so supersecret? A list of everyone you've slept with? Let me guess. You don't want me to know who you've been hooking up with. You want to tell everyone yourself because that's what all the guys at Mythos do—brag about their stupid conquests, right?"

Oliver's face actually paled at my words. Seriously. He just went white with shock. For a second, I wondered why, but then I realized he must have heard about my psychometry—about my magic.

I wasn't a warrior like the other kids at Mythos—not exactly—but I wasn't completely without skills, either. I was a Gypsy, a person gifted with magic by one of the gods. In my case, that magic was psychometry, or the ability to touch an object and immediately know, see, and feel its history.

My Gypsy gift, my psychometry, was actually cooler—and a little scarier—than it sounded. Not only could I see who had once worn a bracelet or read a book, no matter how long ago it had been, but I also could feel that person's emotions. Everything she'd been thinking, feeling, and experiencing when she'd been wearing that bracelet or reading that book. Sometimes everything she'd ever felt, seen, or done over a whole lifetime, if her attachment to the object was strong enough. I could tell if a person had been happy or sad, good or bad, smart or dumb, or a thousand other things.

My magic let me know people's secrets—let me see and feel all the things they kept hidden from others and even themselves sometimes. All their conflicting emotions, all the sly things they'd done, all the things they only dreamed about doing in the deepest, blackest parts of their hearts.

Maybe it was dark and twisted of me, but I liked knowing other people's secrets. I liked the power that the knowledge gave me, especially since I didn't have any of the wicked cool fighting skills the other kids at Mythos did. Knowing other people's secrets was sort of an obsession of mine—one that had almost led to me getting killed a few weeks ago.

It was also the reason I held on to Oliver's notebook now. I'd totally expected the boredom and the frustration I'd sensed. Those were both emotions I'd felt many times before when I'd touched other kids' notebooks, computers, pens, and all the other ordinary, everyday objects they used to do their schoolwork.

But that warm, soft, fizzy feeling? Not so much. I knew what it was though: love. Or at least like—serious like. Oliver had a major, major crush on someone, enough to write about that person in his notebook, and I wanted to know who it was. Since, you know, secrets were my own form of crack.

I concentrated on the notebook again, on that soft, fizzy, hopeful feeling, and a hazy image started to form in my mind, someone with dark hair, black hair—

"I said that was mine," Oliver growled, yanking the notebook out of my hand and breaking my connection to it.

The half-formed image abruptly vanished, along with that warm, fizzy sensation. My fingers grabbed for the notebook, but I only came up with empty air. Another second, and I would have seen who Oliver's mystery crush was. But the Spartan held the notebook up out of my reach, then grabbed his bag and shoved the notebook inside it. He was in such a hurry that he ripped the side of the bag's fabric. Oliver glanced up at me to see if I'd noticed.


Excerpted from KISS OF FROS by Jennifer Estep Copyright © 2011 by Jennifer Estep. Excerpted by permission of K TEEN BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Kiss of Frost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the book within hours of buying it. The plot is exciting and it is an easy ready, however,the author repeats herself a lot. There are quite a few paragraphs and at times even pages that are just not necessary and detract from the plot. I don't need to be reminded every couple chapters how her gift works or how her mom died. Maybe reading the books back to back made this all too apparent. If you can overlook this then it will be an enjoyable read.
ScooperSpeaks More than 1 year ago
Book two in Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series picks up a few weeks after the events of the first book (Touch of Frost). Do not attempt to read Kiss of Frost until you read book one. The story is geared toward young adults and is told from Gwen's POV. More intriguing to me than the overall story line of good versus evil, is the story of a girl becoming a woman. Learning to make decisions and to trust in herself. Falling in love and speaking her mind. Simply becoming secure with herself as a whole. All important parts which make up the journey to womanhood. Unfortunately, as most of us know, that is a path full of heartache. I felt Gwen's pain at seeing her crush with another girl. The insecurity, sadness and confusion that filled her as she speculated on the reasons she wasn't the girl for Logan. Secrets come out in the latest release in Estep's Mythos Academy series. Kiss of Frost is a quick read filled with various individuals from mythology. Remember, this book is written for a young adult audience. Don't be surprised when you correctly guess the villain's identity and at least one of the secrets kept in the book. It does nothing to detract from the story. As a matter of fact I've placed Kiss of Frost in my daughter's room in hopes that she like it just as much as I did. Some people may not like: scenes which revolve around teens drinking and making out. Neither bothered me, but hey, to each her own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read Jennifer Estep but I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the Mythos Academy Series Touch of Frost and this second book Kiss of Frost was equally enjoyable. Then I find I have to wait until June 2012 for the #3 in the series. It's going to be a long winter & spring. Good read.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Bought it yesterday, finished it today. Loved every minute reading this.
BJ_Hartt More than 1 year ago
This series is definitely out of my usual choices for reading but honestly I'm really glad I read this book and the one b4. It starts off a little slow and a lot of repetition from the 1st book but by chapter two it picks up and and the adventures starts and all the main characters start to understand what is really out there waiting for them and why it's so important to learn the skills they are taught and wry of who they befriend . I can't wait for the 3rd one :)
suzpharmd2003 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I read tons of books and this series is one of my favorites. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!
pagese More than 1 year ago
I love it when the second book in a series doesn't fall completely flat. It seems that it happens quite frequently. And while this book has some points that bugged me a little, it was still a worthy sequel. Gwen has a tendency to be "woe in me" in this installment. While, it's not overly annoying, she doesn't seem as strong willed as in the first book. I'm taking it that the events from before have shaken her confidence. I don't think she feels worthy of being Nike's champion. She currently sees herself as "just" the gypsy girl. She makes some poor decisions in this book, but I think she can bounce back from that. I really feel like she's a little distracted by a certain someone. That someone of course is Logan. I find it interesting that he's trying to protect Gwen from who he really is. Basically it's all a game to keep people from getting close to him. While he secret is really horrible, I think I was expecting more from it. I am happy to see that maybe he's learning that it doesn't have to define him. I really think Gwen and him would be really good for each other. My biggest disappointment (which really wasn't a big deal) was who was trying to kill Gwen. It completely wasn't a surprise to me. I was hoping more for the shock value of finding out about someone who we thought was good all a long. I like how the events have helped Gwen build a stronger circle of friends. I think she'll need them in the end. I enjoyed it overall and looking forward to the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I held my breath hoping this one was as good as the first, and..... it was. It was every bit as good and fast paced and tense as the first and I like the characters more and more. Jennifer certainly found her niche in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!! It is my personal favorite so far in the series. Can't wait for the next one, Dark Frost : D, to come out!!!!
Twilightsdance More than 1 year ago
If you are not familiar with this series, you might get a little spoiled reading this review. This is the second book in the Mythos Academy, so if you haven't read the 1st this review might give some stuff away pertaining to the 1st book. You can read my full review of Touch of Frost HERE. If you are not familiar with Jennifer's writing, make sure to become acquainted soon. Jennifer has a great way of complimenting her story with her words, everything gels together without a flaw. The characters development in this book was excellent, she dived in deeper with them all. Everything about this series just makes you read and not stop until you are done with the last page. Kiss of Frost begins shortly after Touch of Frost ended, Gwen is a second year student at Mythos Academy and is training with some of the warriors. Gwen began training after what happen recently to her at the library. Its not everyday that you are chased by Reapers in Gwen's life and live to tell about it. Gwen being Nike's Champion now wants to figure out how she can become like the students at her school. She wants to be able to be a warrior and fight Reapers just like the rest. Its seems though that others have different plans for Gwen. Things begin to affect and happen to Gwen again, she tells no one. She wants to figure it out on her own. Easier said then done. Don't get me wrong Logan and the Spartans have been training her everyday and she is making tiny progress but its progress. Her BFF convinces her that she has to go to the Winter Carnival with everyone, so Gwen says yes and plans on getting away from all the drama for a few days. The thing about drama it will follow you. Logan and her crush for him won't be the only thing heavy on Gwen's shoulders. Its not a good combination when you add avalanche, wolf and hot new guy to the mix. SO much will happen in Kiss of Frost, you won't have a minute to rest or blink. I enjoyed each part of the suspense, action, drama and romance Jennifer wrote. I could not put the book down until I was done with it. The hot and cold relationship between Gwen and Logan is so good and such a tease. The new characters will sparks some interest as well. Then we can't leave Vic out of the loop, Gwen's talking sword keeps on giving some of the best one-liners ever. The teaser of Dark Frost at the end of the book will definitely wet your appetite for more now. Cant wait! I recommend this series to everyone and what a great gift these books would make as a Christmas gift.
LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book is so pretty! (Sorry, I love snow–which is highly uncommon down here in Louisiana.) I like it the most out of the four covers in the series released so far. (In my opinion, Crimson Frost looks the worst. Cringe.) Anyway. Though Kiss of Frost had much of the same cons that its prequel did, I did enjoy it more. Time to insert a list. The cons. (Might as well get the bad stuff out the way first.) 1. Once again, I was bothered by how predictable the story was. As soon as I met the guy (or girl!), I knew he (or she) was the Reaper. Call it bibliophile’s instinct, but I knew, right off the bat. It’s a cliché move, actually. And the predictability here was even worse than in the prequel. 2. There was a lot of repeating. Gwen continually explained the things we learned in the first book–like, the statues on the campus. It would certainly have been helpful if it had been a while since I’d read the first book, but I practically read Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost back to back. So it was exhausting to read the same things over and over. I know that most authors aren’t sure if they should recap, so it isn’t a big deal, but my suggestion is that if they want to recap, they should do it in a prologue. That way, readers can choose to skip it if they’d like. 3. The character development, once again. Gwen’s being stupid again for missing who the Reaper was, but she might have gotten slightly less stupid. Or made an attempt at being slightly less stupid. However, I still think Gwen’s too absorbed in being poorer than her classmates. She’s also quite whiny about her mom’s death. And she’s quite absorbed in Logan Quinn, but who can blame her for that? Logan’s also pretty one-dimensional again, but thankfully we finally had a taste of what’s been causing him so much grief. The pros: 1. Plot twist that I totally didn’t expect. Obviously, I can’t say much, but let’s just say that things mentioned in the first book might not necessarily have been true. 2. The romance. Sure, it’s clichéd, but I can never stop myself from smiling at the cute and swoon-worthy moments. Logan’s HOT, so it’s not like I can help it. 3. Vic. THAT SWORD. Oh, he cracks me up. 4. A certain amazing Fenrir wolf. I don’t have a pet, but I’ve been dying to get a puppy since the beginning of time. Sure, Fenrir wolves are probably twenty times as big as a little puppy, but I WANT ONE. In other words… Did I like Kiss of Frost? Yes, but the series still hasn’t really impressed me yet. I need a big BAM–something that knocks me off my feet. However, I did like Kiss of Frost more than its prequel, so I hope the pattern continues with the next book, Dark Frost. Source: Paperback won from giveaway
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of twists,turns,action,and romance. It's a must read fantasy that captures your interest from the very beginning. I would recommend this book for any person who loves a romantic and action-packed thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The auther has made another great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best in the series so far! I can't wait for the third "Dark Frost" to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read both Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost. They were okay. I felt frustrated at times, author repeats herself a lot, uses froufrou and mambo jumbo a million times. She will go into a rant on what Gwen was thinking, like off topic, it was awkward to read and didn't flow right. I found myself skipping like a page just to go back to the topic. Overall, it was a good story. I feel like it had the potential to be better though.
lissasue25 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It's the first full book that I've read by Jennifer Estep and I have to say that she is an excellent writer. In this book you read about Gwen Frost's adventures at Mythos Academy, a school where she is supposed to learn how to control and use her Gypsy gift. You feel sorry for her because in the beginning she has no friends and is miserable there. During her adventures, she develops a crush on a Spartan, Logan Quinn, and becomes friends with Daphne, a Valkyrie princess. She also learns a little bit more about her family's history and what is to come. Next on my to read list is Kiss of Frost.
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
In this follow up to Estep¿s first book in the Mythos Academey series the reader is transported just a few short months after Gwen¿s showdown with Jasmine. Gwen is training hard now that she has become the champion for the Goddess Nike in the war against the Reapers. Killing does not come easy for Gwen. Her gypsy powers, which are growing stronger, are triggered through touch. Now her power smight just help her in the fighting department. Gwen is still best friends with Daphne and that bond has grown stronger in the last few months. Her crush on Logan is very apparent and his rejection has cause Gwen to hurt deeply. The Reapers have continued attacking and Gwen is number one on their hit list. Reapers are known to revenge their own. Students being students still want to have fun. And what can be more fun than partying at a secluded skiing resort with other Academy¿s from around the world. Daphne convinces Gwen to go even though there have been several attempts on her life which of course she does not rely this information to anyone because Gwen wants to fight it herself. This sets up for some hairy situations and will clearly test Gwen¿s strength and Logan¿s devotion. With the introduction of students from another Academy, Estep creates the perfect set up for us to wonder who is out to get Gwen. Is it someone close to her or someone she has just met? Another great book by Estep and one of my favorite moments is a very intense moment between Logan and Gwen (when you read or if you have read you should know what moment I mean). I did find that the person out to get Gwen wasn¿t a surprise to me but overall it was an astounding read. I was not able to put the book down once I started reading it. Perfect for YA urban fantasy lovers.
TrappedInABook More than 1 year ago
Just finished "Kiss of Frost", book #2 in the Mythos series. The author does provide background, but would highly recommend first reading "Touch of Frost". Ms. Estep renders the teen heroine Gwen beautifully as she tries to fit in to a seemingly crazy new world so close to the old, but oh so different. Where decisions can mean the difference between life and death. Gwen's sarcastic humor and changing view of the world promise to make this series a continuing success. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Get your tickets. Mythos Academy is having it's annual Winter Carnival. Fun. Friends. And an Assassin. Yup, this is going to be one killer class trip. How will Gwen ever survive. High school. Boys. Constant threats of imminent death. Life has definitely gotten a little surreal for Gwendolyn Frost. While normal kids her age are focused on SATs and the opposite sex, Gwen's busy with weapons training, and the frustrations of the unusual courting rituals of Spartans. When Gwen's not suffering the daily humiliation of nearly avoiding an untimely death by an errant spear, mace, or getting skewered by some comparably sharp pointy projectiles, she's brooding over Logan Quinn. Yeah, life kind of blows when you're firmly situated at the bottom of the social totem pole with a massive crush on the top spartan who's basically the equivalent of a rock star, captain of the football team, and demigod all rolled into one. But there are plenty if warriors on the battle field and with an upcoming school trip on the horizon Gwen's looking to find someone to take her mind off the infuriating Spartan. Unfortunately Gwen's got more happening than homework and boy trouble. Her magic is doing some new and interesting things that could come in handy if she can master them in time. Plus you would think that having a harbingering Grandmother would curve your misfortunes yet Gwen's luck isn't any better, since someone is doing an almost spot on job of trying to kill her. Again. With the attempts on her life mounting her odds of survival are dropping. Frost is going to have to use all her cunning and magical skills to find the reaper before they find her. I must admit that when Touch of Frost came out, I thought her powers were wimpy. Her character's magic didn't really befit the moniker of heroine, and well Gwen seemed kind of weak for the headliner. She conjured up images of victim or damsel in distress. I didn't know how her magic really fit into the whole warrior motif. Until Kiss of Frost. I love where Frost's powers are going. Estep's YA series mirrors her adult series with her comic book hero branding, and in how the heroine evolves and builds relationships, each book layering the complexities of Gwen's magic and earning the respect of her peers. The repetitious catch phrases are lessened. And we learn a few interesting threads including one about Logan, but I don't believe it's his deep dark secret. While I love the book, there were a lot of transparencies in the storylines. It wasn't hard to figure out what was going to happen, but I did like that the story didn't end at the resolution of the main plot point or story arc. That's where the surprises came and the overall series plot started to form. I think Estep could have pushed things further. She can pull off more complex threads. This world and it's characters deal with mature themes and could just as easily continue in the adult realm later on. Mythos has an abundance of great ideas and possibilities that need equally great plots to set them off. Nevertheless Kiss of Frost's storyline maybe simple yet was elegantly executed while the series arc so far looks to be much more complex and compelling. Regardless of how intricate you like you storylines, the Mythos Academy books are just a fun series. There's action, wonderful world building filled with great characters, and the kind of romance all girls go gooey over. It's just a great book to get lost in. Kiss of Frost is a killer
wheems01 More than 1 year ago
I love how fast paced these novels are. This is the second installment in the Mythos Academy series, and it starts out with plenty of action, and doesn¿t let up until you turn the last page. In many ways this book is better than the first because the author could step right into the story, without a lot of world building. I really enjoyed the setting for this novel. Taking us off campus to a winter ski resort was a fantastic twist. We got to see the Mythos students having fun, kicking back, and partying. This novel also had some very nice meat to it that progressed Gwen¿s story well. I love the action, I love the characters, and I love the mythology. This novel leads to some important revelations, and Gwen developing new abilities. Gwen¿s character progressed and developed through this story, and it is nice to see those changes. After turning the last page there was only one thing I could regret--that I have to wait until May for the next installment Dark Frost. That is going to be one very long wait. I can¿t wait to see what happens to Gwen and friends next! Overall, this is a fun series that I will continue to read and recommend to teens looking for more action packed paranormal mysteries. I can¿t wait for the next installment.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
EVERYONE! CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. IF YOU DON'T, I WILL SEND VIC AFTER YOU! OMG! I. LOVED.THIS.BOOK. I mean really loved. Loved it so much that I want to bathe in the literature if I could. (You know I would too! LOL) This book is the bomb diggity. Right from the very first page, I felt the anxiety and excitement of reading every goodness of the page. The plot was dynamic. Filled with action, fighting, major flirting, and forbidden love, I fell in love with this book. I loved that Ms. Estep really guided the reader into the story not leaving them confuse or shut out. I was able to step right back into Mythos Academy as if I have never left. The favorite part of the story is Vic, the talking sword. Yes, he is my fave man in the book. He part is small, but I adore his advice, sarcastic comments, and just the way he bugs the living daylights out of Gwen. You don't know how many times I snickered every time I read,"Shut up Vic." I love it!!! The love interest in this book really blew up in the readers face. Ms Estep brought a love that passionate and real to life. I adore the tension between the characters. The masochist feeling I get out reading about Gwen and Logan really made my heart swell. I like that they fought and bickered but most importantly, I love their loyalty to each other. As I said before, read this book. You will fall in love with Mytho's Academy, action, and non-stop flirting. This book will have you turning pages faster and faster. The love in it will have you yearning for more and more. Trust me with I say Ms. Estep write one heck of a book. Read it!
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