11.21.2011

Book Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Series #)
Publisher: Kensington
Format: eARC (courtesy of the author)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 11.29.2011
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...

Oh Kiss of Frost, I so wanted to love you like I did the book before.

Like the book before, Kiss of Frost takes us on a mysterious and dangerous adventure. We get to live Gwen's life, as she discovers more about herself, and her family's history. Unfortunately, this adventure didn't start until well into the book. At 40 pages in, the story finally stopped the long summary of the first book, and started telling a new story. At 60 pages in, most of the recaps of the first book had already been said, and I hardly saw them anymore. By 100 pages in, I read the last recap that I remember, and the story really took off. I can honestly say that I have never been so bothered by recaps before. I usually don't mind them, but instead of a few short sentences here and there, the recaps were multiple paragraphs long, and sometimes pages long, which didn't allow the story to progress until the entire first book had been summarized in bits and pieces. I don't know any other way to put this, except to say that it was too much. Way too much. I just wanted to get to the story.

Added on to this, is the fact that the Gwen that I loved so much in the first book, seems to have changed in this book. All she can think about is Logan Quinn, and how he turned her down when she asked him out. It's all she thinks about, talks about, and breathes. Because of this, she makes the worst decisions possible, and becomes blind to the facts right in front of her eyes. We are reading from her POV, so I know I'm getting the same info she is, yet she never puts the pieces together.

The conversations between characters seemed awkward and unrealistic. My original explanation of this was way too long, so I'll just say that I furrowed my brow at some of the things that were said, and scratched my head at others.

As for the great parts of the story: the mythology is still very awesome. I love that Jennifer Estep includes not only Greek mythology, but also Norse Mythology, and that of a few other cultures, as well. It is so great to be reading about these Gods and Goddesses, and how they are affecting the people in Gwen's world. It's great to read about their various powers, deeds, virtues, and alliances. As a plus, Gwen's family history is all tied up in--something, and this book takes us a step closer to figuring it out.

The story draws you in, making you wonder just what is going on in this world. I love getting to go to school with Gwen and hear about the Amazons, Spartans, and other warriors, and their powers. Gwen's own powers are super cool, and get stronger and stronger as she grows into them, and learns to use them.

Despite the technical things that I couldn't get past, I will still be reading the next book. For every good thing that is revealed in Kiss of Frost, something horrible is revealed as well, and I've definitely got to see how Gwen fares with what is about to come, because I can just feel it coming.


Read this if:
...you like mythology and fighting, and you like reading about unrequited love.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Conversations about sex, making out, drinking, and partying. Actual drinking and partying. Very few swear words. Lots of derogatory terms and name calling.}



Other Books in the Series:
Book 1: Touch of Frost /  Book 3: Dark Frost

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4 comments:

  1. It's always a bit annoying with those things you can't get passed! I'm glad you still enjoyed it though. I'm so curious about Estep's books by now! Need to give one a go soon. Great review!

    Rebecca @ Kindle Fever

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  2. I just got the first book and this book in the mail today and I can't wait to read them. I have heard from another blogger how much she loved both books so I value different opinions. I'm sorry you didn't love this one like you did with the first book.

    Thanks for the great review. :)

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  3. This sounds annoying and awesome at the same time. This is a series I would take a gander at when more books are out. Great review.

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  4. Rebecca: I hear her other series is fantastic, but I haven't read it yet. I really liked the first book in this series a lot, so I'm going to be trying her other one. Hope you give her a try too!

    Alexa: Yay! Happy reading!

    Alexis: Hahaha, you put it perfectly: annoying and awesome, all at the same time.

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