08 June 2012

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

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...


I love that Gwen doesn’t automatically get super-fighter powers when she becomes Nike’s champion.  It’s even greater that her enemies seem to be gunning for her immediately, as if they are logically smart and know that she’ll never be as vulnerable as she is now.  I wasn’t too big on the love triangle that’s going on, especially since it seemed so obvious that Gwen was hung up on Logan.  The villain in the series is much more interesting, and kept me guessing until the very end (and I was even right sometimes!).  Estep’s characters are great, wonderfully developed and complex, and they are really what drives my love of the series.  What I really didn’t like was the rehashing of previous events.  It seemed like the plot of the first book was retold so many times even the most thick reader would have gotten bored with it.  I hope Estep leaves off the heavy hand in the next book because despite the problems in Kiss of Frost I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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