Mythos Academy #2
by Jennifer Estep
Published on November 29, 2011 by Kensington - Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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. 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...
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep, though surpassing my expectations from my reread of the first novel, still fell a bit short. While the writing got slightly better, Gwen’s attitude and priorities were not where they should have been. She was working towards becoming a better Champion for Nike, but the entire time, she was mooning over Logan (and a second guy later) and keeping secrets that could have gotten her killed. In my opinion, Gwen handles things very immaturely.
Instead of paying attention to the details of things happening around her, she chooses to investigate Oliver, one of Logan’s Spartan friends. This leads her to find out one of his deepest secrets and instead of just talking to Oliver about it, she assumes the worst and believes him to be the evil reaper that is trying to kill her. All the while, she is spending a weekend at a super fancy ski resort with her school. She never seemed to take her safety seriously.
Even though she almost gets shot with an arrow, almost gets ran over, and knows that there is a target on her back ever since she killed Jasmine, the reaper from the first book, she still does not tell anyone. She goes to the resort with her school like everything is fine. Then when she almost dies in an avalanche and the professors tell her to stay in the hotel so she is safe, she still risks her life thinking she knows everything. Her antics also endanger the lives of Oliver and Logan. So not only does she not care about her life, but she doesn’t seem to care about the others either. Thankfully, however, she learns how to control a new aspect of her power to help her defeat the new reaper that is after her.
Her touch magic allows her to remember literally everything she sees. This lets her recall memories and use the emotions and talents within them. Her power is honestly super cool, other than the fact that you sometimes see things you probably don’t want to see…By taking this power, she *finally* kisses Logan and takes his Spartan fighting skills to help fight the reaper, since she has no fighting skills of her own. It was nice to see the girl take care of herself for once instead of getting lucky in not dying, but she still had to use the help of others and if only she had realized in the beginning that telling the others would help her be successful, she might have avoided all of the other ridiculous near death situations.
So all in all, I was annoyed by Gwen’s attitude, but the rest was decent. Her friendships with Daphne and Carson developed more and she finally got to a new relationship point with Logan…even though he is an ass in the end because he’s afraid of her power and what she could see. I gave it three stars like the first book because even though the writing was better, it didn’t deserve a 4 star rating in my opinion.