Mini Reviews: Kiss of Frost and Vampire Academy

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Kiss of Frost

Kiss of Frost CoverTitle: Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)

Author: Jennifer Estep

[Summary can be found on GoodReads]

Review: Having loved the first book in this series I was so excited for the sequel. I was desperate to know what happened between Gwen and Luke and how the whole Loki/Reapers of Chaos thing would turn out. (The opportunity to imaging Tom Hiddleston as Loki didn’t hurt either.) Unfortunately, compared to the first book, this one fell just a little flat.

For one thing, I thought it seemed more like a filler book than anything else. We find out one major overall arc detail in the whole book – the rest is more like a self-contained serial. Even the self-contained storyline was a little disappointing to me. I knew exactly where it was going and had thousands of alarm bells going off that should have been obvious to Gwen. But no, for some reason (plot, I expect) Gwen has suddenly developed a particularly bad case of stupid, compounded by a case of lovesick blindness. These things happen, of course, but Gwen didn’t strike me as the type in the first book.

Despite its faults, this book was a fun read, and I’ll definitely look for the next one in hopes that it does more for the overall storylines.

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy CoverTitle: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

Author: Richelle Mead

[Summary can be found on GoodReads]

Review: After reading the Blue Bloods series and the House of Night series all at once one summer, I was ready to put off anything “vampire boarding school” indefinitely. I shouldn’t have with this one. Though it has been a while since I read the former series’, from what I remember Vampire Academy did a much better job at it. The dark tone of the original lore threaded throughout the story. The fun, light-hearted elements that always seem to draw me to boarding school novels balanced the weight of the lore, so that neither overpowered the other. While the story wasn’t particularly weighty, the characters were fascinating and the plot was engaging and fast-paced. While this book fits squarely in the middle of the vampire rend, it is one of hte better renditions of them in YA lit that I’ve read.

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2 Responses to “Mini Reviews: Kiss of Frost and Vampire Academy”

  1. Vampire Academy WAS a great book — so much better than the House of Night series, in my opinion. :)

    I stopped reading Blue Bloods after the third novel, but really need to get back to them. I remember liking the first books!

    Haven’t read Kiss of Frost, but the cover is cool!

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