Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
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…
This series is page-turning and slightly addictive, plus it appeals to my inner 13 year old.
In Kiss Of Frost readers are plunged right back into the fray at Mythos Academy. The heroine, Gwen Frost has accepted the role given to her by the goddess Nike and is in the thick of training. Training isn’t going as well Gwen would hope–alright, it isn’t going well at all. No matter how hard Gwen tries she just doesn’t seem to possess the skills needed to be a warrior. Add to the fact that the hottie she has been crushing on seems to be flaunting his amazon girlfriend in her face, the other two guys training her act like they hate her very existence and that there have been a couple close calls on her life . . . well, you get the picture.
So when Gwen’s friends encourage her to go on the Academy’s annual winter ski trip it seems like the perfect opportunity to get her mind off Logan and the other chaos, have some fun and get focused. Too bad for Gwen, in her life things never seem to go as planned and she soon discovers she may have been better off staying at the Academy instead of frolicking in the snow.
Let’s face it, Kiss Of Frost isn’t overly deep nor is it trying to preach a specific message, this series is just FUN! It reminds me a bit of the House Of Night series but with myth instead of vampires and definitely with more satisfying conclusions to the stories.
Jennifer Estep has managed to successfully create a YA series that deals with some deep issues but is fast paced, interesting, funny and snarky at times, yet it still manages to not take it self too seriously and weigh the reader down with emotions. The characters react to situations with the kind of thought process one expects from teenagers and that is merely one of the reasons I think I like it so much. Another added bonus is the little attention to details and extras that Estep includes in her series. Each book comes with a section in the back Estep refers to as “Beyond the Story”, where the author explains her inspiration and fun extras like Gwen’s class schedule, and character reports. It is those touches that really impress me, it says “Here is an author that knows her audience and wants to give them what they want!” .