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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. An 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...


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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. An 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...

30 review for Kiss of Frost

  1. 4 out of 5

    Navdha

    This is the second time I’ve started writing a review while reading the book. I guess I’m going through the bad-books syndrome lately which according to me is a syndrome where you intentionally read a book which you know you will want to bang against the wall or which will make you bang your head against the wall. Either way I am suffering from that. I just found out that the second book to Mythos academy was out and I just couldn’t resist. I had to make myself suffer reading this book. Okay, Gwe This is the second time I’ve started writing a review while reading the book. I guess I’m going through the bad-books syndrome lately which according to me is a syndrome where you intentionally read a book which you know you will want to bang against the wall or which will make you bang your head against the wall. Either way I am suffering from that. I just found out that the second book to Mythos academy was out and I just couldn’t resist. I had to make myself suffer reading this book. Okay, Gwendolyn Frost. How should I make it clear to you without sounding like a total psychopath murderer that your inner monologue wants me to turn into, that you should seriously go into a state of coma and stop thinking for a while? Seriously, I am done reading about what happened in the last book. I’m done having to bear up with her insanely absurd longing for Logan. I don’t want to know how hot he looks in that black leather jacket that he wears on top of every other clothing. I am done knowing about how rich everyone is in Mythos and how shallow every other student is according to our darling Gwen who in fact herself is the shallowest female lead I have come across. Oh and I’m not even done with the seventh chapter yet. She has just met another cute looking guy who she thinks is downright gorgeous and a Greek God coming to life which really shouldn’t be a surprise in this book, because even this book suffers with the problem where the female lead is surrounded by oh so beautifully breath-taking-sexy-as-hell, I-wanna-jump-right-on-top-of-you kinda irresistible guys. And man he notices her! How hard her life must be?! From being ignored by the douche-bag Logan to being noticed by a new guy whose name I haven’t even read yet. Well, if she really was into Logan that much then why the hell did she chicken out when he was planning to kiss her in the first book? The girl is so bloody confused and lost in her own thoughts and so egotistical that she can’t see anything other than her own point of view. She just feels like being mean to Oliver because Logan’s official girlfriend is having fun with her boyfriend. She is offended by the girl’s giggle who is another slut according to our Gwendolyn doing favors to the man whore Logan. Oh and yeah, she thinks Logan is a man whore and still she has a pathetic crush on him. Yes, such an inspiring character. Also, she thinks that a guy can only talk to a girl or try to start a conversation if he has a crush on her. *applauds* Hm. What is with the writer repeating the same things over and over again? I know about her powers dammit! And the readers aren’t dumb! They get what you are trying to say at once and don’t need you to point out all the obvious things. *throws up hands in utter frustration* Also, the use of the world “slut” for every other girl in this book annoys me to no extent. Daphne, our Gwen’s dear friend is such a mean bitch that she thinks it’s okay to mess up with some other girl’s grades only cause she was giving her boyfriend the “do-me” look. Seriously? SERIOUSLY!! Other than that, Gwen acts as if she can’t really trust anyone. She doesn’t tell Professor Metis about the attacks. She doesn’t discuss it with her best friend; yet she is so damn willing to make out with Preston (the gorgeous guy from New York she met) that she totally trusts him; never bother that his name isn’t on the New York list of students or that no one else has seen him other than Logan or the mention that he had a Valkyire sister (If I were her, only him having a sister would have left bells tolling in my head, but here we are talking about the one and only Gwendolyn Frost) . And then she says other things are weird. I wish that wolf ate her up. Or she was buried under the avalanche. Speaking of which, she doesn’t even show her gratitude to Prof Metis after she came to know that she had been healed, by her. Ugh. I could just go there and slap her. “I think you’re one of the smartest, bravest people I know,” Logan said. Right. If I could, I would have stabbed him for saying that. Oh and the villain Preston (which was quite clear by the way that he was the villain; I don’t why the author thought that it was hard for the readers to guess but whatever, coming back to the point) was out there waiting to kill anyone who would be on his way, but our Gwendolyn and her “crush” Logan who is a guy who likes to put his tongue down the throats of other girls right infront of the girl that he cared about a lot, were not worried about that. No, not at all. They were making out! Can you believe that? And talking about Logan’s ability to use his body parts, nonetheless. Astounding! Okay. Getting back to the story I think I was hugely disappointed to see that Gwen was only bruised after the whole event. I really really wish that she was stabbed at least or had a fractured arm or something. Oh well. I wasn’t very much surprised finding out that Gwen’s mom Grace was murdered, although her being murdered because of the dagger was interesting. I now know what the next book is going to revolve about. I still can’t believe that Gwendolyn is so foolish. Doesn’t she have anything of her mom’s which she could dig around to find out about that particular dagger? Plain stupid, but what else can we expect from the brave and mighty Gwen. One thing that actually made me cry in this book was, Logan always wearing a faded jeans, a blue sweater and a black leather jacket. It just wanted me to tear off the pages of this book. It really did. You might have experienced the same pain that I did noticing his lack of wardrobe. Anyways, that almost brings me to the end of the review. The only interesting thing about this book was Loki’s champion being the one murdering Grace Frost and the theory with the dagger. Also, the only character that I truly like is Vic, the sword. It’s just awful that you can only like an object in the entire book. *shakes head*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mizuki

    Rating: a 'This book pisses me off way too much' zero star. (Link: http://vampirekiki.deviantart.com/art...) It's just another shitty YA book, another author who doesn't have the heart to write a decent story but got paid for writing craps anyway, Jennifer Estep, I'm blacklisting you. As if the lack of originality isn't bad enough, as if ripping off Harry Potter and Vampire Academy isn't bad enough, as if all the cliches and the stupid main character aren't bad enough; Jennifer Estep just has to g Rating: a 'This book pisses me off way too much' zero star. (Link: http://vampirekiki.deviantart.com/art...) It's just another shitty YA book, another author who doesn't have the heart to write a decent story but got paid for writing craps anyway, Jennifer Estep, I'm blacklisting you. As if the lack of originality isn't bad enough, as if ripping off Harry Potter and Vampire Academy isn't bad enough, as if all the cliches and the stupid main character aren't bad enough; Jennifer Estep just has to go out of her way to insult her readers' intelligence with her "plot twists". How charming. Warning: F-words flying from all directions, don't like don't read I had had enough. The more I read this book, the more I hate it. Here're a few reasons: (1)Does anyone find it annoying that Gwen keeps calling her magic 'my Gypsy gifts'? The first two books haven't said anything about Gwen's family being Romani/Gypsy, and if the family really have Romani's ancestry and they care about their Romani's ancestry, they would have known Romani rarely refer themselves as 'Gypsy', because the term has been associated too much with discrimination and stereotypes. So it seems like Gwen simply use the word just for the 'Gypsy=magical' stereotype. ARGH, that kind of stereotype is VERY ANNOYING. Why can't she just call her magic 'her gift' or something? And why on earth serving Goddess Nike would make you a freaking 'Gypsy' at the first place? Nike is a Greek goddess, right? Why would she have anything to do with Romani/Gypsy anyway? (2) The series is a Harry Potter rip-off, and this book in itself is a Vampire Academy book 2: Frostbite rip-off Magical boarding school, and an orphaned kid who didn't know anything about magic and her own importance and power going to said magical school; am I the only one to think Harry Potter here? Okay, before someone butts in to lecture me about how Harry Potter is not the only series with a magical boarding school setting. Let me tell you one thing: Jennifer Estep wrote her magical boarding school with little care and the details about this school is either missing or choppily thrown in together, I sense that Estep only set her story in a magical boarding school just because everyone else is writing YA novels setting in magical boarding schools. That's it. And in Kiss of Frost, the characters all went to a luxurious resort on a snowing hill for the holiday, Vampire Academy book 2: Frostbit, anyone? (3) By the time I read to page. 183, I've realized I fucking hate Gwendolyn Frost, the main character. Why? Here're my reasons: (i) Gwen is a complainer: She constantly complained about the other students being spoiled brats, even after she made friends with two of those students, even after Logan bothered himself to save her life from a monster in book 1, even after two Spartan boys bothered to stick around to help her practicing weaponry. But no, Gwen just had to complain about everything and everyone. I also have no sympathy on Gwen not making many friends among students. It isn't the other students' fault that Gwen was sent to Mythos Academy without knowing anything about the nature of the Academy at the first place, it isn't their fault that Gwen hated studying about the gods and goddesses and history of the Chaos War; it's not their fault that Gwen wasn't trained to be a warrior since she was a kid (her loving mother and grandmother made the decision, right?), it isn't their fault that Gwen barely tried to work hard on weaponry and stuff. Oh yes, she didn't even bother to just try. All she did was complained about how everyone in the Academy was born rich, how unfair it's for her mother to wind up dead--losing your mother is tragic and unfair, but hadn't many students in school also lost their loved ones to the evil Reapers? But I didn't see them whining about their lost love ones; and how much she didn't believe in the existence of gods and goddesses and mythical creatures even when she was surrounded by students who could work magic at will. I don't know about you, but I have no desire to befriend such a loser. (ii)She also suffers with Special Innocent Snowflake Symptom: I had heard enough about how mean-spirited and spoiled the other students are, so stop beating me repeatedly over the head with it. Gwen, I know what a special innocent snowflake you are comparing with those snobby rich students. (iii)She's also Too Stupid To Live: Bad guy trying to kill you and there's a creepy monster-wolf staring at you in the woods, Gwen? Don't tell any of these things to your friends and the professors! These things are not important! The important thing is to go meeting up with this super hot cute guy--whom you know barely a thing about, but he's all over you for no good reason! (iv)She has the maturity of a seven years old, but she's 17 already: Gwen complained about the food they served in the Academy and the resort for at least three times in the first 180 pages of Kiss of Frost, she even did it with immature remarks such as 'Yucko' tagging behind. And guess what? My 12 years old cousin is actually mature enough to avoid doing these kind of things... (4) Adults/warriors not acting their parts: Remember Gwen's dead mother and her grandmother? From Gwen's POV, these two women are nothing less than a pair of saints. But the more I think about their actions and their treatment to Gwen, the more I doubt sensible parents/guardians would act the same like they did: So the Frost family lived in a world with badass villains and scary monsters out for their blood? The Frost women decided they DID NOT WANT Gwen to know anything about it. Didn't even bother to teach her anything useful about the art of self-defend. So Grandma Frost lost a beloved daughter to the evil Reapers? You would think it's about time for the old lady to finally come clean with her granddaughter Gwen and warned her about the danger of the wicked Reapers and their evil god. But you're wrong! Grandma Frost just sent Gwen to Mytho Academy without even bothered to explain to the latter why she must be sent there at the first place. No explanation whatsoever. As to the young warriors in Mytho Academy, they continue to act like a bunch of rich teenagers, they are too careless and they let too many things slip pass their attention, I simply can't take them seriously. And guess what? The gods, the professors and the warrior parents of those Mytho students are none the wiser. I mean, if the gods want young warriors to fight the war and if those warrior parents want their own kids to be well trained in order to survive, they should have freaking built a military camp to train those kids up instead of building a snotty boarding school and showering the kids with gifts and money! That's so stupid! (5)The entirely predicable ending: I feel my intelligence is being thoroughly insulted and mocked by the all too easily predicable "plot twists". Who's the bad guy? I'd figured it out when I was only halfway through the book. What's Oliver's big dark secret? I'd figured it out the moment said secret was mentioned. I was shocked that Jennifer Estep actually thinks her readers are as hopelessly stupid as Gwen, who is unable to put two and two together even when the hints are smirking at her the whole time. Conclusion: I had read through reviews for the sequels, and I had decided I would not stick around and suffer through at least 2 more bad books for the series to finally get better. I wouldn't drag myself through the mud like this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    Am I allowed to be happy? I feel like it's been a while since I've had the warm fuzzies about darn near anything. It was starting to make me feel like I'd broken something in my brain...until I picked up book 1 of this series, then went immediately into book 2. Skeptical Stacia has temporarily left the building in favor of Swoony Stacia. I promise that I'll be back to my regularly-scheduled, jaded-self tomorrow. It's as if I've been on this merry-go-round of "same story, same ahole guy, same ever Am I allowed to be happy? I feel like it's been a while since I've had the warm fuzzies about darn near anything. It was starting to make me feel like I'd broken something in my brain...until I picked up book 1 of this series, then went immediately into book 2. Skeptical Stacia has temporarily left the building in favor of Swoony Stacia. I promise that I'll be back to my regularly-scheduled, jaded-self tomorrow. It's as if I've been on this merry-go-round of "same story, same ahole guy, same everything" for a while, no matter how hard I tried to seek out different things. And I can't say that I haven't been rewarded with some interesting characters and stories for trying (everything from a gamer nerd to an African safari-turned kidnapping), but nothing was giving me those darn warm fuzzies. So what got it back for me? Wanna take a guess? Believe it or not, it was the want what you can't have story. Man, I forgot how much I missed the tension of having the person of your dreams right there in your face, so close to touch, yet fate seems determined to keep you apart. Sometimes, easy hookups aren't the most satisfying. Sometimes, I need something to root for, dare I even say...something to long for? The accidental touches, the wistful looks the girl gives when she thinks no one can see her, the tortured and sad look that the off-limits male character gives to the girl when they are forced to have to come in contact - OH MY LORD, THIS IS GOOD STUFF! And then...and then...we add in the fact that the guy is this stealthy warrior type who can kill just about anything that would try to attack a person - and he's always there to protect and defend! You know I'm a supporter of strong female characters who can kick ass for themselves (and don't worry, Gwen is slowly learning how to do this), but sometimes, the fairy tale hero who rushes in to save the day is so darn adorable. Please excuse me while I take a moment of silence to reflect on my ridiculous imaginary crush on Logan. *pause* Did I just go backwards in age a few years? Did I just embarrass myself? Probably? Okay, well, it's almost the end of the year and I haven't really done much swooning over the past few months. I had an extra few credits left of girly self-expression that were going to go to waste, so I figured that I might as well burn them up before I have to reset the count for next year and start conserving again. Yes, the repetitive details were still present. Yes, Gwen's self-loathing was driving me a little crazy until she finally got over herself. Yes, there are some silly/fluffy moments. But I don't care for once because I have Logan. Oh, and I thought the Fenris wolf was awesome. Plus, there is a talking sword named Vic. You read that right. The sword talks. In a British accent. And he's funny (in a mean and sarcastic way) as hell. The scene where Gwen put a Santa cap on Vic was downright priceless.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Savannah (Books With Bite)

    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 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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    I think I liked this one even more than the first. Favorite scene was the avalanche and the wolf. The heroine has such a cool power. It reminds me of old school Heroes. Loved that they all have different abilities. Adding the next one to my tbr list right now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I liked the concept, and I enjoyed the story; however, my enjoyment was marred by the writing. I felt as though the author copied and pasted entire sentences, if not paragraphs, from the first book in the series. I understand the author wanting to provide backstory for individuals who accidentally read this book first, but to provide the explanation verbatim felt like lazy writing and detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. I also find it hard to like the heroine. Harry Potter had four I liked the concept, and I enjoyed the story; however, my enjoyment was marred by the writing. I felt as though the author copied and pasted entire sentences, if not paragraphs, from the first book in the series. I understand the author wanting to provide backstory for individuals who accidentally read this book first, but to provide the explanation verbatim felt like lazy writing and detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. I also find it hard to like the heroine. Harry Potter had four books to win me over by the time he became (temporarily) a sullen, self-absorbed brat in The Order of the Phoenix. Gwen has flashes of likability, but throughout most of the first two books, I want to give her a swift kick in the pants and tell her to get over herself. I understand she is dealing with a great tragedy, but for me it still doesn't excuse, or make me like, her rudeness and obnoxious attitude. By the end of the second book, it appears as though she moved beyond her "woe is me" demeanor, but only the third book will tell. Now, I just have to decide if it's worth reading the third book when it does come out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    Angry-at-the-world girl Gwen is at it again. She hates everyone at her school because they're so good and she's not (she admits it herself). She hates that they were so good at this fighting stuff and she's a novice, never mind that they've been doing this since they started walking and she's been only at this for a year. Oh, and they SUCK because they're rich and flaunt it, never mind that her family is well-off too but her mother and grandmother decided to raise her as a normal girl. Totally n Angry-at-the-world girl Gwen is at it again. She hates everyone at her school because they're so good and she's not (she admits it herself). She hates that they were so good at this fighting stuff and she's a novice, never mind that they've been doing this since they started walking and she's been only at this for a year. Oh, and they SUCK because they're rich and flaunt it, never mind that her family is well-off too but her mother and grandmother decided to raise her as a normal girl. Totally not the beloved late mother and grandmother's fault. Let's hate on the fellow students instead. Yet more slut shaming and irrational anger/bitchiness in this book. The latest installment is entertaining but only at the very lightest level.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annie Brewer

    4.5 stars!!! Loved this sequel! What a great continuation of Gwen's journey at Mythos Academy. This was as action packed as the first. Lots of shit happening and sword fighting and magic and all the great stuff we've experienced in Touch of Frost. It was a lot of fun. Ienjoyed it I loved the characters. Loved them all. First of all, Daphne. Let me say, I didn't care for her in ToF. She was such a bitch. I was sure I'd hate her. But. I was wrong, so wrong. She changed a lot, she grew a lot. She wa 4.5 stars!!! Loved this sequel! What a great continuation of Gwen's journey at Mythos Academy. This was as action packed as the first. Lots of shit happening and sword fighting and magic and all the great stuff we've experienced in Touch of Frost. It was a lot of fun. Ienjoyed it I loved the characters. Loved them all. First of all, Daphne. Let me say, I didn't care for her in ToF. She was such a bitch. I was sure I'd hate her. But. I was wrong, so wrong. She changed a lot, she grew a lot. She was such an awesome best friend to Gwen. Every scene with her I smiled or laughed at her snarky comebacks. She's an incredible character and Valkyrie. I'd love her as a bff. I can't wait to see more of her in the next books. I also love Carson. He's a great friend, and a sweet boyfriend to Daphne. They make a terrific pair. Oliver was great. I was skeptical about him. He was a jerk to Gwen and it was uncalled for but when we learn of his secret, I could see why. I felt bad for him. And then towards the end, he totally won me over. He turned out to be an alright guy. I dig him. And Kenzie too, though he's kinda mean too. But I think in the coming books, he'll change my mind. All the supporting characters were great: Grandma Frost, Nickemedes, Metis, Ajax...they were all great. How could I forget Vic-the talking sword? He's just...I love him. He brings such comic relief to the story. His sarcasm, snide comments and yet his encouragement towards Gwen is just a wonderful addition to the story. Yeah, I'd love to have Vic as my talking sword. Where can I get one? Gwen Frost. This book showed me such amazing changes in her from the first book. Sure, she's not the baddest heroine around, but overtime I think she'll be a kick-ass, bad-ass bitch. She's still getting used to her Gypsy magic, but I think she's come along way since the beginning. I see her determination and drive to find a way in stopping the Chaos War from happening again and I think she'll succeed with help from all of her friends at the Academy. I have faith she'll stop the reapers from getting what they need to free Loki. That bastard will rot in the prison he's kept in...I hope. I was so sad what she saw though, from Preston. That bastard played me a fool, I almost liked him. Ugh. But how bad would it suck to have the ability to see a person's memories, thoughts, emotions just by touching them or an object of theirs? I would loathe that power! I don't envy Gwen in that respect. What I do envy, though is the Spartan boy I've been crushing on, I mean that she's been crushing on...who also likes her but has a secret that is keeping them apart. Logan freaking Quinn. The Spartan of my dreams. Damn, with his black hair and icy blue eyes, boy do I crush on him. I loved him since he first ran into his "Gypsy girl" in Touch of Frost and I haven't stopped since. He's the Academy's manwhore and Gwen's object of desires. And mine too. He was still amazing in this book. Though he can't be with Gwen for reasons that she learns toward the end, which made me so sad for him, he's still protecting her when she runs into trouble. He's always saving her, because even though he seems cold on the outside, he's battling his own demons and feelings for his gypsy. I was happy we got some semblance of romance between them, it wasn't enough but it had to do. For now. But at the end, he made me all weepy and swoon right before they parted ways for the Winter break. He was so sweet! Ah! I love the sexy Spartan! And it made me excited for Dark Frost. Maybe they'll get together in that one since he ended it with that Amazon bitch?! God, I can only hope! I NEED them to finally be together for the love of all things magic. It's killing me! So to wrap up this review; I loved this book. I'm glad things at Mythos is getting intense. I love the action and fight scenes. I love the character development. I love the gods/goddesses and magic. I love the mythology. I love Gwen. I love Logan freaking Quinn. I love this series. They're very fast paced and quick reads. Can't wait to start Dark Frost. I recommend to lovers of mythology and romance...well more the magic than anything since I'm waiting for more romance between my two fave characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)

    Kiss of Frost is the second book in Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series and it pretty much takes place only a couple weeks later from where Touch of Frost ended. I really liked Touch of Frost, but I enjoyed Kiss of Frost a lot more. I think what I like the most about this series is the relationship between Logan and Gwen. The way it plays out and how at first I want to hate Logan so much, but just can't. I love it! I also really like Gwen's powers. I know there is a down side to it, but who w Kiss of Frost is the second book in Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series and it pretty much takes place only a couple weeks later from where Touch of Frost ended. I really liked Touch of Frost, but I enjoyed Kiss of Frost a lot more. I think what I like the most about this series is the relationship between Logan and Gwen. The way it plays out and how at first I want to hate Logan so much, but just can't. I love it! I also really like Gwen's powers. I know there is a down side to it, but who wouldn't want to be able to see the history of everything you touch? Kiss of Frost has just as much ass-kicking as the first book in the series. Someone is out to kill Gwen and she has no idea who. After going through so much already with one reaper, now she has to deal with a new reaper. Of course, Gwen being who she is, decides that she wants to take things into her own hands. She starts to investigate and tries to figure out who her enemy is. By doing this she discovers a lot, not only about herself, but about Logan and some of her friends around her. It was nice this time around to finally learn a bit about Logan and his past. My only issue was that the story was a bit predictable. It didn't take me very long to figure out who was after Gwen and wanted her dead. Not sure if it was supposed to be that easy to figure out, but I would have loved a nice shock. I will say though, what I did not see coming was the whole reason WHY this person wanted her dead and who this person really was, and just how evil they truly were. With her gift, Gwen finds out a lot about this person and all that they've done. I was very happy with the ending and cannot wait for the next book, Dark Frost. 4 out of 5 Stars!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    Quick review: Cover: Nice Rating: PG-13 Thumbs Up: 4 Overall: I’m really liking where this is going Characters: Well Written Plot: The Winter Carnival isn’t fun and games least not for Gwen Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend: Yes Book Boyfriend: Oliver SUMMARY (50 words or less) This second book really heats things up. Again, I’d figured everything out long before Gwen, but I wonder if that’s not by design of the story. But also, I’m not the target market so maybe it’s just that. Still I re Quick review: Cover: Nice Rating: PG-13 Thumbs Up: 4 Overall: I’m really liking where this is going Characters: Well Written Plot: The Winter Carnival isn’t fun and games least not for Gwen Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend: Yes Book Boyfriend: Oliver SUMMARY (50 words or less) This second book really heats things up. Again, I’d figured everything out long before Gwen, but I wonder if that’s not by design of the story. But also, I’m not the target market so maybe it’s just that. Still I really liked this one . For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at: http://mybookboyfriend.blogspot.com/2... Audio Review Tara Sands continues to do an incredible job.

  11. 4 out of 5

    linda

    The story of Gwen Frost being Nike's new champion continues. Doing so she stumbles into a lot of trouble. A lot of trouble. // 2.5 stars The story of Gwen Frost being Nike's new champion continues. Doing so she stumbles into a lot of trouble. A lot of trouble. // 2.5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kiona (Books and Cafes)

    Originally posted on www.yareads.com Gwen Frost is back and she's finally settling into a rhythm at Mythos. She's training every morning before classes with Logan and two of his Spartan friends, and her free time is divided between gossiping with new BFF Daphne, visiting her grandma, and working at the library. Things seem all right, until her life is threatened once again. She knew a Reaper of Chaos would come for her eventually, but she didn't realize she'd be in such danger on campus. Which is Originally posted on www.yareads.com Gwen Frost is back and she's finally settling into a rhythm at Mythos. She's training every morning before classes with Logan and two of his Spartan friends, and her free time is divided between gossiping with new BFF Daphne, visiting her grandma, and working at the library. Things seem all right, until her life is threatened once again. She knew a Reaper of Chaos would come for her eventually, but she didn't realize she'd be in such danger on campus. Which is why Daphne is able to convince Gwen to join the school as they drive up to a luxury ski resort for the annual winter carnival. But instead of relaxing, Gwen finds herself in even more trouble than before. The first book in Estep's series really didn't hold my attention, but I was willing to give Kiss of Frost a chance to hit its stride. If possible, Kiss of Frost is even more repetitive and riddled with clichés. First, it begins by rehashing all the events of the first book. This is nothing new -- a lot of authors use this device when writing series. But the rehashing continues throughout the entirety of the novel so that it seems like filler, a way for Estep to increase her page count. Second, the entire setting of Kiss of Frost seems like a ripoff of Richelle Mead's Frostbite. A poorly executed ripoff, at that. And since I was so reminded of Frostbite, I couldn't help thinking how much I'd rather be reading that book that Kiss of Frost. Third, the plot is absolutely predictable and unoriginal. The only unpredictable part is the romance between Gwen and Logan. If you think all the flirting, taunting, and sexual tension between the two will pay off in the second novel of the series, prepare for disappointment. Their relationship goes nowhere, once again. I want to like the Mythos Academy series. I typically love series about boarding schools for vampires/warriors/magically gifted students. But Estep really doesn't bring anything new to the genre with Mythos. The mythology surrounding the students of Mythos is convoluted and unbelievable. Too many ancient myths and histories are mixed to make sense. And the way everyone flings titles at each other in every conversation -- "Hello, Valkyrie," "What do you want, Spartan?" -- is absurd. Actually, most of the dialogue is absurd, especially when it comes to the villains. In the first and second books, both villains speak almost singularly in unrealistic clichés. Their words make me visibly cringe while reading. But I'd be able to overlook a lot of these things if Gwen was likable. But there isn't anything terribly special about her character, except that she's the lone Gypsy at a school of ancient warriors. None of her personality traits really set her apart from any other student at Mythos. Yes, she's supposed to be the snarky, mysterious, tough-as-nails loner. Except she's not really all that snarky, mysterious, or tough. She's really only a loner because she doesn't try to talk to anyone unless they speak to her first. She's already decided she hates all the students at Mythos, yet she's surprised when they don't welcome her with open arms. But the worst part is, Gwen's dumb. She never thinks things through and almost always makes the worst decisions. It takes her forever to realize things that are immediately obvious to the reader, like how to use her powers, who's really trying to kill her, and what Logan really feels. The longer it takes Gwen to figure everything out, the more respect I lose for her. As far as secondary characters, Estep doesn't give us much. Daphne and Gwen are suddenly best friends forever, incapable of living without each other. But they don't really spend much time together or have much in common. Any time they're together, Daphne either has to run out to meet up with her boyfriend or they fill their time, in Estep's words, by "gossiping." Then there are the professors: Metis, the wise and kind mentor, and Nickamedes, the antagonizing and crotchety Librarian who seems to have it out for Gwen, except he really just wants to protect her. Last, there's Logan, the bad boy who won't let Gwen get too close lest she discover his big bad secret. She gets a peek at this secret in Kiss of Frost and, as expected, it doesn't seem like a deal-breaker to me. All of these characters lack depth, which leaves Kiss of Frost feeling like kind of an empty read. With all that said, the Mythos Academy series isn't awful. There's just plenty I dislike about it and nothing I really like. But for those who like supernatural boarding school series, Mythos might appeal to you. If anything, it's a quick read, so if you're interested, it couldn't hurt to give the books a try. It won't take long for you to decide if it's a hit or a miss.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle.

    This is the sequel to Touch of Frost; even though this should have been rated 1 star, I’m generously giving this three. I know I said I wasn’t going to read the rest of the series, but the book has so much potential. It does. I have to admit, I kind of… you know… enjoyed it. But I thought the author left some of her old habits behind on the Touch of Frost, unfortunately she didn’t…. I really can’t stand how the author is writing unnecessary comments. Jennifer Estep, adding ‘smack-smack-smack’, ‘c This is the sequel to Touch of Frost; even though this should have been rated 1 star, I’m generously giving this three. I know I said I wasn’t going to read the rest of the series, but the book has so much potential. It does. I have to admit, I kind of… you know… enjoyed it. But I thought the author left some of her old habits behind on the Touch of Frost, unfortunately she didn’t…. I really can’t stand how the author is writing unnecessary comments. Jennifer Estep, adding ‘smack-smack-smack’, ‘clang-clang-clang’, and ‘thrust-thrust-thrust’ doesn’t make those fighting ‘effects’ any more imaginative. Adding ‘Yum. So Good.’ doesn’t make the food you’re describing any more delicious. Adding ‘Yucko.’ doesn’t make things any more gross. And adding ‘the thump-thump-thumping of my heart’ is just stupid. I know what a thumping heart sounds like; and I know how punches and swords sound like. It doesn’t help when you add those. It gets frowned upon. By me, at least. I hate how Estep wrote British accent and then a few pages after she said English accent. It’s called an English dialect. Spoiler alert… Ridiculous passages/sayings: 'Doing the nasty.' - Doing the nasty… just say sex. 'Go to the party, get drunk, and totally make out with Carson.' - Yeah, and while you’re at it, be sure to tell your best friend to do heroin! 'Whatever, we weren't talking to you, Gypsy, so why don't you run along and shelves some more books before Nickamedes comes out of his office and yells at you? No, wait. On the other hand, don't. I'd love to watch him scream at you again. Working in the library. That's so pathetic, just like your cheap clothes.' - Can we say, elementary? 'Preston laughed at me. “Sorry, Gypsy. I'm going to kill your boyfriend, and then I'm going to kill you - and there's nothing you can do to stop me.” “Shut up, Reaper,” I snarled.' - *Face Palm* ‘“Do it,” he hissed. “Kill me!” I wanted to - I really, really wanted to. For everything he’d done to me, for how he’d hurt Logan, Oliver, and even the Fenrir wolf. But Preston was injured and unarmed now. He wasn’t a threat any more, and killing him now would make me no better than he was.’ - You are the biggest idiot I’ve ever read. If the tables were turned, he would have killed you. You let this murderer walk free. You, ma’am, are an arse. After writing this review, maybe I should give it 1 star…

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bailey (IB Book Blogging)

    As a huge fan of TOUCH OF FROST, I couldn't stop myself from doing the happy dance when KISS OF FROST arrived on my doorstep. TOUCH OF FROST ended at such a point where I went insane from the dire need to find out what happens next! I am so, so, so, so happy with where Estep went with this one. The characters are further developed, the action is still there, and there is still mucho chemistry between Logan and Gwen. KISS OF FROST kicks it up a notch, so much so that I am expecting a lot from the As a huge fan of TOUCH OF FROST, I couldn't stop myself from doing the happy dance when KISS OF FROST arrived on my doorstep. TOUCH OF FROST ended at such a point where I went insane from the dire need to find out what happens next! I am so, so, so, so happy with where Estep went with this one. The characters are further developed, the action is still there, and there is still mucho chemistry between Logan and Gwen. KISS OF FROST kicks it up a notch, so much so that I am expecting a lot from the next novel, DARK FROST. Gwen is the perfect blend of sarcasm, wit, and determination. She is one of my favorite heroines! Her skills as a gypsy are so impressive and I love how she doesn't want to use them to further things that she really wants. She wants them to happen of their own accord, and I appreciate her for that, even though as a reader I go crazy from the need of wanting things to be more explored! She blossoms so much in KISS OF FROST and I am glad that I got to experience her growth right with her. Besides her growth as a person, there were some definite sparks flying in between the monster/Reaper scares and show downs. You know who I'm talking about: Logan. WOW. Words cannot explain his total and complete hotness. I just want to gobble him up! Gwen is a very lucky girl and I've been rooting for her since the beginning to get her man! If anyone stands a chance at breaking Logan's barriers, its Gwen. A LOT happens between them in this one so I am so excited to see what occurs in DARK FROST! The stakes are even higher in this one for Gwen. More comes out about the Reapers and she discovers quite a few things that had my jaw dropping. I am craving to know more about all of these discoveries and I don't know how much longer I'll be able to stand the wait. Kudos to Estep for her mad storytelling skills. She knows how to get my emotions stirring and my adrenaline running! KISS OF FROST does end on a good note, but that sneak peak chapter in to DARK FROST killed me. June, you are too far away! But really, if you haven't yet delved into this series, you are sure missing out on some good stuff.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life I have recently been on a Paranormal Y.A. binge and after being so turned off by the genre for a while, I am so happy to be back on the horse. Even though the Paranormal YA genre is still hit and miss for me, there are some incredible series that can’t help but fascinate and enthrall me. Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy is definitely one of those, even though it’s one of the newest in my TBR. I loved Touch of Frost back in July and I Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life I have recently been on a Paranormal Y.A. binge and after being so turned off by the genre for a while, I am so happy to be back on the horse. Even though the Paranormal YA genre is still hit and miss for me, there are some incredible series that can’t help but fascinate and enthrall me. Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy is definitely one of those, even though it’s one of the newest in my TBR. I loved Touch of Frost back in July and I could not wait to read more on Gwen and co. After reading Kiss of Frost, I am so NOT disappointed! Jennifer delivered such an amazing adventure and story with Kiss of Frost, that I can positively say that this is fast becoming one my favorite series ever. Kiss of Frost brings it all back, out dear heroine, Gwen, is far from perfect but has definitely grown a lot and is extremely lovable. We get more action this time around and, great world building, though I could do with a little less repetitiveness when it comes to backstory. The myths, legends are all there once more in my favorite Para normal Y.A. setting, the private school A.K.A. Hell! Gwen is finally coming to terms with her place in the Mythos world and Logan has been trying to train her to be more of a warrior. Her day to day has changed a lot, but Gwen still doesn’t understand Logan’s stand-offish attitude and a school ski trip was not in plans, let alone meeting a boy that charms her and makes Logan jealous all at once. Kiss of Frost is a fabulous sequel to Touch of Frost and right on par with what Jennifer has been doing with the series. I sure hope the Mythos Academy series is here to stay, cause I surely want so much more books out of it! If you enjoyed Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost is a MUST READ! If you have yet to check out the series, this is the perfect time to do so!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paradoxical

    I've officially decided that these books are like cotton candy fluff. Terribly bad for you, but sometimes you can't help but devour it anyway. 8| Or maybe I should say deep fried twinkie. Somewhere up there, anyway. These books take cliches and just keeps on piling it on top of one another. They're also hugely predictable, and if people claim otherwise, they are filthy liars. Gwen doesn't stop angsting about her situation (especially her situation with Logan, sigh) and she thinks that people are I've officially decided that these books are like cotton candy fluff. Terribly bad for you, but sometimes you can't help but devour it anyway. 8| Or maybe I should say deep fried twinkie. Somewhere up there, anyway. These books take cliches and just keeps on piling it on top of one another. They're also hugely predictable, and if people claim otherwise, they are filthy liars. Gwen doesn't stop angsting about her situation (especially her situation with Logan, sigh) and she thinks that people are trying to kill her, but she doesn't tell anyone of real authority this. Then you have villains who were so transparent it was laughable, and then, at the end, the villain blurts out motivations and plans and gloats over the supposed victory... Did I mention the terrible number of cliches yet? Gwen is slowly learning how to fight (very slowly), and is discovering more and more things about her powers that worry her. There's also the pesky thought of someone trying to kill her. Of course Logan takes up most of her head though and she swoons after him constantly. Constantly. Not that Logan is any better. Seriously, brooding and trying to keep a girl away because of his vicious past? Oh where have I read that before? And yet I read it. And I still don't hate it. Rather, I hate how terrible it is when it can be so much better, but I don't want to burn the books either. They're entertaining! They're just not very good. 2 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    2-2.5 stars Another reviewer said it well, "the books are entertaining, they just aren't that good." I enjoy the story and I truly love the mythology. Thankfully the author figured out that we didn't need to know the first and last names of every character every time they come up; however, there were still lots of repetitive descriptions and phrases. Also on a sad note, Gwen was actually really dumb in this book. Once again I figured out who the villain was long before our heroine did. I want her 2-2.5 stars Another reviewer said it well, "the books are entertaining, they just aren't that good." I enjoy the story and I truly love the mythology. Thankfully the author figured out that we didn't need to know the first and last names of every character every time they come up; however, there were still lots of repetitive descriptions and phrases. Also on a sad note, Gwen was actually really dumb in this book. Once again I figured out who the villain was long before our heroine did. I want her to be a smart girl, but instead she's extremely judgmental (I swear that any girl who isn't her friend is considered a slut to Gwen). She's also so caught up with random thoughts in her own head that I feel like she doesn't just walk into dangerous situations, she sprints into them. And finally, if you have this magical ability and you find you can use it to do things you didn't know you could, why wouldn't you ask someone or research it so you could better use that ability? Instead she just kinda thinks, "huh...guess I'll make a mental note to do that sometime when people aren't trying to kill me."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Dropped at 41% What a train wreck!!! I wish somebody warned me! All this book is doing recapping the previous one. I've already read the first book. I know what happened there so I dont know why the author keeps recapping it! Why act like these characters are new, like you are introducing them now while you've already did that in the first one?! Seriously why?!! Cant you find some new stuff to write?! Cant you find a better way to fill the blanks?! I'm definitely staying away from this series and Dropped at 41% What a train wreck!!! I wish somebody warned me! All this book is doing recapping the previous one. I've already read the first book. I know what happened there so I dont know why the author keeps recapping it! Why act like these characters are new, like you are introducing them now while you've already did that in the first one?! Seriously why?!! Cant you find some new stuff to write?! Cant you find a better way to fill the blanks?! I'm definitely staying away from this series and the author forever!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 rounded up. I really like the world building and myths setting to this series although it’s a little ‘young’ overall (too much attention to outfits for example). Entertaining enough series as an occasional filler.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Reviewed at http://bookstobrightenyourmood.blogsp... If it's even possible,I enjoyed reading Kiss of Frost even more so than Touch of Frost!And believe me when I'm saying that Touch of Frost was among the few new YA paranormal titles I loved this year! Kiss of Frost picks up a few weeks after the ending of the first book and continues the story of Gwen,her adjusting as Nike's champion, her copying with her unrequited love towards Logan and her life in general at Mythos. This book has everything a g Reviewed at http://bookstobrightenyourmood.blogsp... If it's even possible,I enjoyed reading Kiss of Frost even more so than Touch of Frost!And believe me when I'm saying that Touch of Frost was among the few new YA paranormal titles I loved this year! Kiss of Frost picks up a few weeks after the ending of the first book and continues the story of Gwen,her adjusting as Nike's champion, her copying with her unrequited love towards Logan and her life in general at Mythos. This book has everything a good paranormal title, whether it is adult or YA, should have.Lot's and lot's of action and well delivered action scenes,enough mystery to not let you put the book down and the right amount of romance to just serve as the topping of a cake!Kiss of Frost has everything above plus well developed and believable characters,enough twists to keep you going (as it was even possible to stop reading this book,even without the twists...) and the revelation of some major things that makes the waiting for the next book to get published plainly unbearable! Once more,I found myself struggling to not read this book in one sitting,sadly failing all my attempts...My mind was constantly on Gwen and her adventures!In this book,new characters are introduced,some of them good,some of them bad and the revelations towards the end are just excruciating...!That only makes me believe,that in the book (or hopefully books) to come we have to see many great things from Gwen! On the other hand,the romantic subplot of the story just made me all fuzzy inside...!I know it may sound a bit goofy,but it did!I love the even pace of the romantic relationship between Gwen and Logan and in case I haven't said it enough times already,I can't wait for the next book to get published! All in all,Jennifer Estep,once more manages to deliver a uniquely built story,in an intricate and well built universe,that holds the interest of the reader until the very last word of the book!To anyone who has yet to read the first book of the series,I strongly recommend to do so!Believe me you won't regret it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    4.5 stars It's not often that I say this, but this book was SO much better than the first. I really liked this first one, but this one wasn't so bogged down with the whole learning myth legends and having Gwen learn about who she is. Though it was a bit predictable (Oliver, Logan and Preston), I liked how Estep developed the story and moved it right along. My ONLY complaint about this book is I wish there was more spark. (view spoiler)[I remember thinking why is Logan being such a butthead (though 4.5 stars It's not often that I say this, but this book was SO much better than the first. I really liked this first one, but this one wasn't so bogged down with the whole learning myth legends and having Gwen learn about who she is. Though it was a bit predictable (Oliver, Logan and Preston), I liked how Estep developed the story and moved it right along. My ONLY complaint about this book is I wish there was more spark. (view spoiler)[I remember thinking why is Logan being such a butthead (though I still liked him) and that I wish a boy would come along and whip some sense into him. And even though Gwen felt something for Preston, it was just a bit surface deep, which is understandable, but not much of competition. (hide spoiler)] And the kiss. Oh my. (view spoiler)[At the end of the chapter, I wanted to squeal in my pillow. But I was a little disappointed and was left thinking, "That's it? Where are the fireworks?" (hide spoiler)] Still a very good book, and the characters are all very lovable, and the bad guys are good villains. AND I like how this book leaves you wanting more but WITHOUT a cliffhanger. Can't wait for Book 3.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    DNF - no rating! I tried and failed. To be fair, the first book in this series was a letdown. It sounded something between Percy Jackson and Vampire Academy. The first book was standard YA paranormal with all the expected elements and clichés. That's good enough to get a three star if done well. Kiss of Frost though, is too stupid for me to be able to finish. I got to 30% and by then it was more or less a complete ripoff of Frostbite, Richelle Maed's second book in her Vampire Academy series. All DNF - no rating! I tried and failed. To be fair, the first book in this series was a letdown. It sounded something between Percy Jackson and Vampire Academy. The first book was standard YA paranormal with all the expected elements and clichés. That's good enough to get a three star if done well. Kiss of Frost though, is too stupid for me to be able to finish. I got to 30% and by then it was more or less a complete ripoff of Frostbite, Richelle Maed's second book in her Vampire Academy series. All with the heroine lusting after the guy training her for battle to going away for a ski trip with the entire school. Unlike Rose in the Vampire Academy series, Gwen is a snotty little brat. Going on and on about how she's not a warrior, how every thing is the academy's fault (including the students there). She's jealous of the girl hanging out with her love interest. She's being a bitch to people that are trying to help her. In general, she is simply awful. I've heard she grows up in the coming books, but I don't have the time or energy to bother.

  23. 5 out of 5

    carola

    3.5-4/5 Stars! (Book + audiobook) This is really hard to review and especially to rate! Gwen really annoyed me from time to time in the middle of the book but I definitely liked the ending, although I already predicted some things... it was still cute! There are still parts Jennifer Estep writes that I find extremely unrealistic like how often the MC thinks about how much and where other students have sex. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I already have the third book in my bookshelf but I think I will postpone it until I’m 3.5-4/5 Stars! (Book + audiobook) This is really hard to review and especially to rate! Gwen really annoyed me from time to time in the middle of the book but I definitely liked the ending, although I already predicted some things... it was still cute! There are still parts Jennifer Estep writes that I find extremely unrealistic like how often the MC thinks about how much and where other students have sex. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I already have the third book in my bookshelf but I think I will postpone it until I’m in the mood again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    3,5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    Gwen Frost continues on her journey to discover who she is and what she is meant to do. We are back at the elite Mythos academy where everyone is rich, beautiful and powerful. Gwen is no longer a loner and outcast (well not entirely), she now has a friend - the gorgeous pink obsessed Daphne. Kiss of Frost is a quick, easy read. In Kiss of Frost we have the students go on a weekend excursion to a ski resort with another Academy. Someone is trying to kill Gwen and Gwen must find the culprit before Gwen Frost continues on her journey to discover who she is and what she is meant to do. We are back at the elite Mythos academy where everyone is rich, beautiful and powerful. Gwen is no longer a loner and outcast (well not entirely), she now has a friend - the gorgeous pink obsessed Daphne. Kiss of Frost is a quick, easy read. In Kiss of Frost we have the students go on a weekend excursion to a ski resort with another Academy. Someone is trying to kill Gwen and Gwen must find the culprit before it's too late. I did suspect pretty much straight away who it was but I can usually figure things out in most books early on. Things I liked: *Daphne & Carson - they were fun and sweet, I like how Gwen is getting a nice circle of friends- I think Logan, Oliver and Kenzie may become a part of said circle as the series progresses. *Finding out more about Gwen's powers, psychometry (the ability to see the history of objects by touching them) - she is nosy so her power fits her perfectly. *I loved the professors, they were great. *Finding out more about her mother's death *Gwen learning how to fight and her sword - Vic, Vic is the best talking sword ever. What I didn't like: * Too much stereotypes of the beautiful, shallow, mean girls and the rich, arrogant jerks. * I did not like Logan AT ALL, he's just a typical manwhore who treats Gwen poorly and then saves her life a few times and whispers sweet nothings to her and then goes back to treating her poorly. For the first half of the book he's groping and sexing up his girlfriend Savannah in front of Gwen even though he knows Gwen likes and cares about him.. it was just cruel.. and then when heaven forbid another guy just talks to and shows and interest in Gwen he gets all hurt and jealous.. Er hello Logan how much worse do you think Gwen felt when you were all over Savannah whenever Gwen was around. I did like when Gwen confronted Logan about his behaviour.. everything she said to him was spot on - I actually cheered, it was by far the best part of the book for me. I'm getting really sick of these all powerful, rich, misunderstood, manwhore alpha jerks that have slept with everything that's moved and that treat our goody goody virgin heroine like dirt one minute and then act nicely the next. Logan is like every other YA male love interest out there...sigh I'd like someone that stands out from all the other YA heroes. What I would like to happen (finger crossed): *Gwen dates around like most teenage girls do and has a love interest who genuinely likes her (not Logan) and she falls for him and is all over him whenever Logan is around so he can get a taste of his own medicine. *We find out shock horror that Logan is actually a virgin. *A bit far fetched (OK a lot far fetched): but maybe Gwen becomes a bit evil and doesn't help someone that needs her help, Daphne becomes unstable and starts to stalk Gwen as she's obsessed with her, Logan loses an arm or a leg whilst protecting Gwen - imagine the angst between them if that happened!! I would love if any of those would happen just to mix things up a little. Predictions about will probably happen: *Logan and Gwen will become closer as the series progresses and they will be each other's one true love. *Daphne and Gwen will have an argument and not be friends and then a near death experience will reconcile them. *Oliver will find a boyfriend. *Gwen will avenge her mother's death. *Gwen will become more powerful and more special. *Logan will save her life a few more dozen times. *Gwen will find out she has half brother or sister who she won't get along with at first... hmm I kind of wish this does happen and it's Logan who she's related to. An average read, the romance is boring and typical for a paranormal YA novel. One of the worst parts of the books is Logan- he's a douche and a player, he treats Gwen like crap most of the time - he's just rubbish.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! Kiss of Frost is the second installment in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series and sees heroine Gwen Frost find herself the target of an unknown foe when it becomes clear someone is out to kill her. Nike’s champion will face a new unexpected enemy as Estep weaves mythology, friendship, romance and action together in another exciting novel! I’m really enjoying this series so far. The first novel Touch of Frost proved to be an un Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! Kiss of Frost is the second installment in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series and sees heroine Gwen Frost find herself the target of an unknown foe when it becomes clear someone is out to kill her. Nike’s champion will face a new unexpected enemy as Estep weaves mythology, friendship, romance and action together in another exciting novel! I’m really enjoying this series so far. The first novel Touch of Frost proved to be an unexpected delight for me and I enjoyed Kiss of Frost almost as much! Jennifer Estep has created a rich world of mythology within this series and I very much appreciate what she has done with each book so far. Following seventeen year old Gwen Frost, a Gypsy with the ability to feel the emotions of others and see their memories from a simple touch, Kiss of Frost continues to see Gwen study at Mythos Academy, school for warriors and those descended from ancient races. This series is purely so much fun to read with tones of friendship, romance and traditional teen drama blending together with dangerous creatures and evil individuals. I was very pleased to see Gwen continue to develop in Kiss of Frost. Even though she’s still very much Gwen, she’s beginning to become more comfortable at Mythos Academy thanks to her ever strong friendship with Daphne and Daphne’s boyfriend Carson. Gwen isn’t constantly alone now, and she is beginning to participate more and make new friends along the way. Her abilities are starting to develop too, as does her confidence in herself thanks to her steadfast sword Vic and some additional training sessions with Logan Quinn and a few of the other Spartans. Jennifer Estep has written a great heroine in Gwen. She’s down to earth and natural, and although childish at times, Gwen is great to follow. She’s intelligent and quick thinking, and her sharp tongue and attitude make for some great internal monologue. I honestly enjoy Gwen’s relationships with the other characters within the story, from the platonic friendships to the relationship with her enigmatic love interest Logan. Logan continues to be the sexy and frustrating thorn in Gwen’s side; the one she can’t help but care for and want even though he rejected her and broke her heart. Logan is still dating Savannah, but it’s clear from his actions that he cares deeply for Gwen, even if he’s not ready to admit. And Estep doesn’t disappoint with the sexual tension between Gwen and Logan and some equally adorable scenes that have me for one dying to see them as a solid couple! Fast paced and exciting; Kiss of Frost continues to develop the ongoing story within this series. Jennifer Estep brings to light some developments that are beginning to shape the storyline and although it’s obvious where she is going, I’m still not sure what to expect. I know there’s bound to be many twists and turns to make things difficult for Gwen, and I honestly can’t wait to discover what happens next! I’m ready to dive into book three!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Needless to say, when Jennifer Estep asked if I'd like an ARC of this book to review, I jumped at the opportunity. I really loved Touch of Frost, with its gritty urban fantasy feel and Gwen's snarky voice. And while I didn't devour this one as quickly as the first book, it was still a really good book! Gwen is just as snarky, and I really like living inside her head. She has a fresh perspective on the Mythos world, almost like an outside observer. She can see the good and bad, along with the just Needless to say, when Jennifer Estep asked if I'd like an ARC of this book to review, I jumped at the opportunity. I really loved Touch of Frost, with its gritty urban fantasy feel and Gwen's snarky voice. And while I didn't devour this one as quickly as the first book, it was still a really good book! Gwen is just as snarky, and I really like living inside her head. She has a fresh perspective on the Mythos world, almost like an outside observer. She can see the good and bad, along with the just completely strange. I was still a huge fan of Gwen in this installment. She gets tougher and takes a more central role in defending herself, but she was never a crazy superwoman. I liked that balance a lot. Kiss of Frost revolves around Mythos Academy's yearly Winter Carnival, a weekend extravaganza where all the students go skiing and partying, and have lots of sex. But while this could have been a recipe for debauchery, I thought Estep's book was relatively tame. There's only one partying scene, and it was PG-rated. Actually, I was surprised, especially after some of the content from the previous book. So that was a nice surprise, though I did feel like this one lost some of its edgy appeal. And how can I write a review without mentioning Logan? It's official. I've got a crush on this Spartan. We get to see more of his personality in this book, along with an important part of his past that he would like to keep a secret from everyone - especially Gwen. His and Gwen's relationship (or lack thereof) was pobably my favorite part of the book, just because it was so raw and angsty. (Who doesn't love some teen angst?!) The tension between them also heats up when both Logan and Gwen get rivals for each other's affections. This is definitely a solid sequel for all the fans of the first Mythos Academy book. My only complaint was that the entire story pretty much took place within the span of one weekend. I know this is just personal preference, but I tend to prefer books that cover more time. This was one of my main issues with Wildefire, by Karsten Knight, (though I thought Estep sidestepped the creeping pace that Knight fell prey to so many times). I just wanted more to happen in more time. But if this kind of thing doesn't bother you, then you're good! I also missed Daphne. She wasn't nearly as important in this book, I guess because Logan took a more prominent role. But the Valkyrie was one of my favorite characters, and I missed her sass and the pink sparks that flew from her fingernails. She and her fingernails made some appearances, but they weren't that important to the overall plot arc. In regards to the cover, I pretty much love it. Reminds me a little of the Wicked Lovely cover, though we see more of the model's face than on the front of Melissa Marr's book. But the snow and ice really reflect not only Gwen and her name/heritage, but also the wintry setting. Love that! Jennifer Estep's Kiss of Frost is a great urban fantasy! I can't wait to find out what happens with Gwen and the Reapers of Chaos. Definitely pick up this series!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Oksana

    Gwen Frost 101 - It's a known fact that repetition is the mother of knownledge, and Gwen follows this saying blindly. So you've read the first book, right? Oh, like yesterday? And now you're onto Kiss of Frost right away? Whatever, like you could possibly remember all the amazing, mind-blowing things that happened in the Touch of Frost. Let Gwen remind you. Even if you for some unforgivable reason didn't read the first book, don't worry, every important scene or explanation is copied and pasted i Gwen Frost 101 - It's a known fact that repetition is the mother of knownledge, and Gwen follows this saying blindly. So you've read the first book, right? Oh, like yesterday? And now you're onto Kiss of Frost right away? Whatever, like you could possibly remember all the amazing, mind-blowing things that happened in the Touch of Frost. Let Gwen remind you. Even if you for some unforgivable reason didn't read the first book, don't worry, every important scene or explanation is copied and pasted into the Kiss of Frost without any changes. All for you, readers. - Mythos Academy is the place for rich kids, and they are spoiled here. They have the best rooms, the best food, the most expensive clothes and cars and etc. Pff... Gwen would never be impressed by all of this, she's just an ordinary girl, who hates anything priceful or designer. Besides, it's just annoying and if you're one of those rich kids, beware. You're on Gwen's ridicule list from now on. - You're lucky if you made it to become Gwen's best friend, because now you're a respectful, fun and just a nice person to be around. Other people, though, are stupid man-whores and sluts, those who Gwen couldn't bother to strike a conversation with. Such a waste for them! - You know what Gwen's magic is, right? RIGHT? It's called psychometry, you guys! How could you not rememeber! You also must know how it works! How much longer does poor Gwen have to tell you about it, come on! - Grandma Frost's baking wonders are important plot twists and full chapters are dedicated to them. So be attentive! - So you want to keep your secret safe, but there's one person who knows about it. And now you're scared this person might not be quiet? Well, Gwen thinks it's totally reasonable and not creepy at all to make death threats to this person. Let him freak out! How else can you make sure that your secret's safe? It's not like you can walk up to this person and politely ask him to be quiet or suggest something in exchange. - OMG someone wants to kill Gwen! Now it's time for her to turn on her hidden detective skills. So everyone is under suspicion now, Gwen's got to be careful. But wait, this guy is soooooo cute! Who's he? Oh come on, who cares, such a hottie can't be a killer! Appearance is key. P.S. Is there anyone out there who still watches Glee, like I do? Just wanted to point out that there's not one thing that appeals to me about this show anymore. I could care less about the characters, the plot is stupid and see-through (sometimes there isn't one at all), and I basically just fast-forward through every episode. Why do I watch it, though? Totally out of habit and slowly dying hope, that some day it'll get better. Well, the Mythos Academy series is the book equivalent of Glee.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Pinson

    This book is second in a series that I am very much enjoying. Gwen’s Gypsy gift develops and gives her some options when it comes to protecting herself. There was a storyline for the book that played out but the overall plot thickened as well. There are a lot of players in this story and I am enjoying them all. Still a YA feel with a lot of HS/teenage drama but they are still in HS. I want to keep reading more for sure.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    @jennifer_estep - created another sweet layer to her Mythos Academy cake with Kiss of Frost. Maybe hunger is prompting me to use dessert as the metaphor or maybe Gwen and her Gram's sweet tooth is contagious;  regardless, this is a book for anyone who loves ya mythology, yummy male mc or just likes to fall inside of an adventure that won't release you even when the last page turns.  Not familiar with this series??? Let's fix that!!! First Frost: a prequel, short and currently found as a free ebook @jennifer_estep - created another sweet layer to her Mythos Academy cake with Kiss of Frost. Maybe hunger is prompting me to use dessert as the metaphor or maybe Gwen and her Gram's sweet tooth is contagious;  regardless, this is a book for anyone who loves ya mythology, yummy male mc or just likes to fall inside of an adventure that won't release you even when the last page turns.  Not familiar with this series??? Let's fix that!!! First Frost: a prequel, short and currently found as a free ebook. You'll meet Gwen when she's in "normal public" school.  The small taste this prequel gives you SHOULD make you want more. Jennifer's writing and Gwen's story -are compelling! She has a unique talent but is it a gift or curse? Touch of Frost: bk# 1 of the series [currently $2.99 ebook at B&N and Amazon just FYI ] takes Gwen to the Mythos Academy for mysterious reason and intros you to the world inside the magically guarded gates.  You'll discover a world where all mythological warriors train.  When your class mates can beat you with their strength, magic or limitless parentally purchased fashion, does Gwen stand a chance?  Kiss of Frost: Gwen is training so hard, trying to find her place within her new world. The dance between her and Logan, and being the third wheel of her best friends, is beginning to takes its toll.  Add to that the possibility of another reaper on campus and the adventure takes off. This series is honestly fun. It pulls you in before you can flip the second page and let's you ponder its direction between books. Jennifer's twisting of multiple strains of mythology is engaging and fresh. Definitely worth the reading time and money!

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