Release Date: November 29, 2011
Source: Download Destination
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Review Date: March 17, 2012
Rating: 4 bookmarks
This book picks up exactly where Touch of Frost left off. Gwen and the gang are back in this fun second installment. The back drop of this story takes place at the yearly Winter Carnival that Methos students enjoy at a ski resort. Another Reaper is after Gwen and she intends to take the Reaper on herself. As Nike's champion, Gwen understands that her life has changed and she will always be in danger of Reapers trying to kill her. Gwen's magic gets stronger and she learns a new skill. As her grandmother explains, as she gets older, her "touch magic" evolves with her. I anticipate that as the series goes on, she'll be very powerful. This newly acquired skill really allowed her to fight as a warrior instead of others fighting for her, in addition to her newly found fighting ability, her sword Vic finally gets some fighting action also.
On the romance side, we get to see more about Logan and why he feels that he and Gwen can't be together. Even though we do get a little bit of Gwen fawning over Logan and hating that they "can't" be together, it was not over kill. Gwen has enough going on between the attempted attempts on her life, not to not spend the whole weekend weeping over her non-relationship with Logan. Of course her Spartan warrior will come to her rescue in the end, no matter what is going on between them. Even though he is fast and knows his way around weapons, end the end, thanks to her magic, Gwen was the hero this time around. I really liked that she was much stronger in this book. Even though we all love a cute, sweet man to save us and be the hero, it was refreshing to see Gwen grow and be able to take care of herself. Daphne and Carson are to cute. They are perfect side kicks to Gwen. Daphne and Gwen are true "BFFs". I enjoyed the dynamic between them. I also thought that Logans friends are also a good addition to the group.
Unlike the first book, where I didn't know who the bad guy was until almost to the end, this time I knew immediately who the Reaper was as soon as the character made their debut. No guessing at all. The first book was much better about unveiling everything progressively. I don't want to give it away for those who haven't ready it, so I wont tell who it is. Although I knew who the Reaper was, there was a small twist concerning a few of the earlier attacks on Gwen that I didn't expect.
I'm really looking forward to the next book "Dark Frost".