Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Kennsington (Dec. 1, 2011)
Trade: $9.95; ebook: $8.99
Favorite Lines: “I curled up into a ball at the goddess’s feet and wept.” (p. 304, ARC)
Welcome to Mythos Academy, where teen warriors in the making train to take up their roles protecting humankind. With her snarky, self-deprecating voice and strange abilities, Gwen Frost is an outsider both to the students of the Academy and the rest of the world. Gwen must learn to become a warrior and to conquer her fear of her unusual gifts to take her place in society.
Book two in Jennifer Estep‘s Mythos Academy series picks up a few weeks after the events of the first book (Touch of Frost). Do not attempt to read Kiss of Frost until you read book one. The story is geared toward young adults and is told from Gwen’s POV.
The book opens with Spartans teaching Gwen to fight. It’s important because Gwen will need that knowledge to survive her teenage years. She’s the Greek Goddess of Victory–Nike’s–champion and after defeating the evil god Loki’s Reapers of Chaos in book one has a huge target on her back. The sparring session is also a prelude the many battles to come in this action packed tale which is focused on a teenager in possession of psychometry magic which allows her to see, feel and experience emotions and memories which are stored in objects and people.
More intriguing to me than the overall story line of good versus evil, is the story of a girl becoming a woman. Learning to make decisions and to trust in herself. Falling in love and speaking her mind. Simply becoming secure with herself as a whole. All important parts which make up the journey to womanhood. Unfortunately, as most of us know, that is a path full of heartache. I felt Gwen’s pain at seeing her crush with another girl. The insecurity, sadness and confusion that filled her as she speculated on the reasons she wasn’t the girl for Logan.
Secrets come out in the latest release in Estep’s Mythos Academy series. Kiss of Frost is a quick read filled with various individuals from mythology. Remember, this book is written for a young adult audience. Don’t be surprised when you correctly guess the villain’s identity and at least one of the secrets kept in the book. It does nothing to detract from the story. As a matter of fact I’ve placed Kiss of Frost in my daughter’s room in hopes that she like it just as much as I did. Some people may not like: scenes which revolve around teens drinking and making out. Neither bothered me, but hey, to each her own.
BTW: The enovella to this series–First Frost—is available for Free download until Dec. 5. Touch of Frost (ebook version) will be available for download at B&N on Dec. 5 for $2.99. It’s a one day only sale. It will also be on sale Dec. 5 to 7 for $3.99.