Thursday, March 15, 2012
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Shortly after having killed a Reaper and becoming Nike's champion on earth, Gwen Frost is finds herself again in danger as her life keeps being threatened and there are more Reapers on the loose looking for revenge. Added to that, Gwen is still hung up on Logan, the Spartan who seems to care for her but won't let her get close to him because her psychometry might allow her to see his dark past. Forced along on a ski trip as a third wheel, Gwen tries to get over Logan and find out who is trying to kill her.
I really likes this series. There's a certain amount of Gossip Girl with a little Harry Potter and a bit of Buffy to this fantasy. The mythology of the larger picture is actually interesting and there is a bit more of an edge to Estep's teenagers. They know they're probably not going to live long and death is fairly common. Gwen really is in peril as she is behind everyone else when it comes to being a warrior. Her relationship with Logan is actually interesting. It's not all pining and longing looks. He's a self avowed manslut and even though he deeply cares for Gwen he still dates other girls. Yet somehow he's not obnoxious on that count. You get the impression more of a badboy who has found the something he cares about and is very tentative about giving up his image.
To be fair, the book was relatively predictable. I called the twist crush and who was actually threatening Gwen right away. Doesn't make the book bad though. The book is enjoyable enough without having to break new ground and is a fast read too. I'm surprised I haven't heard more about this series given how much fun it is.