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TITLE: Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy Novel #2)
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
PUBLISHER: Kensington Publishing Corp.
SYNOPSIS: 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 somebody 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...
NUMBER OF PAGES: 337
How I Discovered or Acquired This Book: By reading the previous book in the series.
When & Where Read: In my own time, resting comfortably on my bed.
Noteworthy Experiences While Reading This Book: I finally noticed that the place the world takes place in, is the same one the Elemental Assassin takes place. Both worlds take place in Ashland. Although this would be for the Authors comfort and familiarity, to place characters in a place one knows well.
Check Out Author’s Other Books or Related Books? I have read The Elemental Assassin series.
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Plot Development: 4/10
Ease of Reading: 7/10
Recommend This Book? I would like to say no, but once I start a series I have to finish it.
To Whom? I would suggest this book to those who enjoy characters with powers and the typical mystery plot, with a slice of teenage love.
15+ is recommended.
Notes and Opinions: After reading the previous book in the series, I had to read the next. With an expectation that the Kiss of Frost would be the same quality or better than the Touch of Frost, I ended up being disappointed.
The sequel brings back the ‘Gypsy girl’ with touch powers who is in danger from the Reapers, (the bad guys), as she is Nike’s Champion destined to stop the Reapers from freeing Loki. The struggle to learn how to fight, get a stable relationship with Logan, and make friends at Mythos academy continues. This new story was basically a repeat of the first, which added very little to the overall plot.
Someone tries to kill her, and Gwen goes on a ‘Touching spree’ to find out who the bad guy is. As a reader, the story was dull and all I got out of it was; Gwen is a very bad detective. About one quarter through the story, I knew who was trying to kill her. And the person who she thought was the Reaper due to a situation that arose; I knew what was going on and knew the answer.
Because it was in first person, being ahead of the character, Gwen, the whole way through the story was frustrating. This made Gwen seem stupid. Touch of Frost had a twist, but in Kiss of Frost the storyline was straight forward and too simple for my liking.
What was accomplished in Kiss of Frost was the addition and progress of subplots and a new bad guy is introduced. The sequel itself came across as a side story rather than a progression of the main plotline.
The pace of the story may have been good, but the plot development was heavily lacking any relevant content. Hoping the characters would develop more, there was minimal progress to be seen, as minor characters developed more than the main characters.
Overall Rating: 2 ½ Star