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Young Adult Fiction 1372
Better than its prequel
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/review-kiss-of-frost-by-jennifer-estep/

The cover of this book is so pretty! (Sorry, I love snow–which is highly uncommon down here in Louisiana.) I like it the most out of the four covers in the series released so far. (In my opinion, Crimson Frost looks the worst. Cringe.)

Anyway. Though Kiss of Frost had much of the same cons that its prequel did, I did enjoy it more. Time to insert a list.

The cons. (Might as well get the bad stuff out the way first.)

1. Once again, I was bothered by how predictable the story was. As soon as I met the guy (or girl!), I knew he (or she) was the Reaper. Call it bibliophile’s instinct, but I knew, right off the bat. It’s a cliché move, actually. And the predictability here was even worse than in the prequel.

2. There was a lot of repeating. Gwen continually explained the things we learned in the first book–like, the statues on the campus. It would certainly have been helpful if it had been a while since I’d read the first book, but I practically read Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost back to back. So it was exhausting to read the same things over and over. I know that most authors aren’t sure if they should recap, so it isn’t a big deal, but my suggestion is that if they want to recap, they should do it in a prologue. That way, readers can choose to skip it if they’d like.

3. The character development, once again. Gwen’s being stupid again for missing who the Reaper was, but she might have gotten slightly less stupid. Or made an attempt at being slightly less stupid. However, I still think Gwen’s too absorbed in being poorer than her classmates. She’s also quite whiny about her mom’s death. And she’s quite absorbed in Logan Quinn, but who can blame her for that? Logan’s also pretty one-dimensional again, but thankfully we finally had a taste of what’s been causing him so much grief.

The pros:

1. Plot twist that I totally didn’t expect. Obviously, I can’t say much, but let’s just say that things mentioned in the first book might not necessarily have been true.

2. The romance. Sure, it’s clichéd, but I can never stop myself from smiling at the cute and swoon-worthy moments. Logan’s HOT, so it’s not like I can help it.

3. Vic. THAT SWORD. Oh, he cracks me up.

4. A certain amazing Fenrir wolf. I don’t have a pet, but I’ve been dying to get a puppy since the beginning of time. Sure, Fenrir wolves are probably twenty times as big as a little puppy, but I WANT ONE.

In other words… Did I like Kiss of Frost? Yes, but the series still hasn’t really impressed me yet. I need a big BAM–something that knocks me off my feet. However, I did like Kiss of Frost more than its prequel, so I hope the pattern continues with the next book, Dark Frost.

Source: Paperback won from giveaway
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