Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

kiss of frostKiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Books
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died …

Rating

3.25 out of 5

3.25 out of 5

My Thoughts

I almost never read two books in the same series back to back.  I do this for a couple reasons.  First, I usually need a break.  As much as I might like the book, I need a break from the those characters.  Second, I actually think it helps me enjoy the sequel more if I have a little break.  But I had so much fun reading the first book in the Mythos Academy series, Touch of Frost, that I immediately read the second one, Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep.  Kiss of Frost was a lot of fun, but not quite as much as the first book.

Gwen is still my favorite part of these books, which is a good thing since she’s the main character.  However, she did frustrate me a little bit.  She made some not so great decisions, but ultimately I understood where she was coming from.  I did, however, think she was actually kind of bitchy to some people at school, which really frustrated me.  But it all got resolved, and hey, I can be bitchy sometimes, too.  And Gwen had a lot on her mind, so it’ s understandable.

You guys, I really just love Gwen’s BFF Daphne, and Daphne’s BF Carson.  They are just sooooooo freaking cute together.  And I really like the strong bond between Daphne and Gwen, even after such a short time knowing each other.  Yay to strong girl friendships, am I right?

The writing was still easy-to-read, and fast-paced, but I did find it a bit repetitive.  For example, I can’t imagine how many times I read “Using my psychometry powers” or that Daphne is super strong because she’s a valkyrie.  I mean, I know, already!  Something that I did like, though, that I didn’t find in the first book was less slut shaming.  I mean, Morgan is still called a slut, but Gwen makes a point that she’s still a person with feelings.  And although I would have liked Gwen to not use the word slut, there was definitely approvement.  And honestly, as much as I hate to say it, people call girls sluts way too much in high school.

Kiss of Frost was a nice follow up to Touch of Frost.  Maybe not as amazing, but still fun, fast paced, and a nice way to spend a Sunday.

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

  1. bftreviews says:

    Is it worth the time to start this series? I’ve looked into it but never got around to it. You’re review is kind of half and half haha

    • Quinn says:

      I did really enjoy the first book, Touch of Frost. I say read that one, and see how you feel. I don’t know if I will be reading any more Mythos Academy books for now, but that’s not really unusual for me. I suck and sticking with series.

      But I SOOO enjoyed the first book. And it’s such a fast read, so it really won’t take much of your time.

  2. I love this series, but completely understand where you are coming from with this review. They probably would feel repetitive if you read them back to back. I was lucky and read the first book right when it was released so I had enough time between installments to forget certain quirks. So glad you enjoyed Daphne and Carson…they are two of my favorites from the whole series. I am always excited to see well-written female friendships and Daphne/Gwen are a great example of that. I do hope you continue with the series because it does get better and takes some turns I definitely wasn’t expecting.

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