Publish Date: November 29, 2011
Paperback, 354 pages
Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Mythos Academy #2
Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Mythos Academy #2
You can't imagine my excitement when I received this book in the mail. I participated in the Touch of Frost tour for Teen Book Scene so it came as a surprise to get the Kiss of Frost book from Kensington as well. A wonderful surprise - so thank you Kensington.
Kiss of Frost starts up just a few weeks I would say in future from where Touch of Frost ends. Gwen has settled into Mythos Academy a little more. Daphne is her best friend, Logan is her sparring partner and the boy she not-so-secretly lusts after. But as usual trouble seems to be finding Gwen again and this time during the Winter Carnival.
I found this installment to be a lot of fun. And while it was a lot of fun, it also furthered the development of the world of the Mythos Academy and the warriors there and ones we learn about at other academies around the world. I also learned more about the teachers and about Gwen's family. So in a nutshell, this is a great second installment for the world-building.
But Jennifer Estep doesn't stop there of course. Kiss of Frost also has a great story and great character building as well. Gwen really starts coming into her own in this book and I learned more about Logan as well. The story kept me turning pages wondering what would happen next and just when I thought the story was over, Ms. Estep took me for another thrill ride right until the end, and left me wanting and ready for the next installment in I believe June of 2012. Mercifully she does give us a teaser chapter at the end of Kiss of Frost for the next book, Dark Frost. Of course, the plot line for Kiss of Frost is mostly tied up at the end, but things are left open to continue the story. She doesn't leave you hanging in a bad way, just in a way that makes you want to read the next story.
I can't really say much more without giving anything away, but Kiss of Frost is a must-read. Reading Touch of Frost is not necessary to read Kiss of Frost because Ms. Estep does hit the main points of what happened in Touch of Frost. But I feel to get the full feel for Gwen and some of the other characters and the Mythos Academy the books should be read in order. Touch of Frost was an excellent book and my review can be found here. And Kiss of Frost is an outstanding follow-up. Now if June will hurry up and get here so I can enjoy Dark Frost as well. I am enamored with the world of the Mythos Academy and how down-to-earth Gwen Frost really is. I think Ms. Estep has created a character that everyone can relate to in Gwen in a mythological world and that makes it fun and interesting and definitely keeps me reading.
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
Parental guidance: Sexual references through the book but nothing graphic, usually references to couples hooking up (no actual sex takes place on the pages, just kissing), very little bad language, there is violence, but you would expect that, it's not over-the-top. I suggest for ages 14+. It's really not that bad in the scheme of things, nothing that a 12-year-old does not know is in this book.
My review of Touch of Frost
About the Book:
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 practically 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...
About the Author:
Jennifer Estep is a USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she's not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals - Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Books in the series are Spider's Bite (2010), Web of Lies (2010), Venom (2010), and Tangled Threads (2011). Spider's Revenge, the fifth book in the series, will be released in October 2011. By a Thread, the sixth book, will be released in February 2012, with the seventh book (untitled) tentatively set to be published in the fall of 2012.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object's history just by touching it. After a serious freakout with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendents of ancient warriors like Spartans, Amazon, Valkyries, and more.
The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August 2011, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December 2011. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, will be released in July 2011.
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