Author: Jennifer Estep
Publishing Company: Kensington
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Rating: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Rating: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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...
WHYYYYY? Wait, let me clear that up. WHYYY MUST I ALWAYS BE ON A SUGAR RUSH WHILE DOING REVIEWS? I seriously need to cut back on the ice cream. I'm a very naturally bubbly person, as you can probably tell, who can also be very serious when the need be, but honestly? A sugar rush is the last thing I need right now! Especially with a book that I love so much and just recently found and I want to rant about it all day long and probably will, so just bear with me for the next paragraphs. (Brace yourselves: it's going to be a long few minutes)
This cover. Is. So. Stinking. Awesome. (Yes, I use stinking instead of the other word that starts with "fr". I'm such a good girl sometimes.) I love how these titles reflect on Gwen's last name, which was probably the ultimate (vocab word!) purpose for this book. And the fact that the sword is the T in the title, and the sword is sort of a big deal, is just awesome too! And this model is so stinking PRETTY! AHH! She looks a lot like my friend, but not exactly. I also like that snow theme, because frost? Snow? It totally works. Just don't ask me why. This is where I'd get really confused and run away. (Remember, I'm a little loopy from sugar right now. It's sort of a miracle that I can form a straight sentence. Obviously, you've never seen me in a sugar high.)
Gwen is an awesome character. Honestly. I really think she's a very compassionate girl who cares about the people around her. She keeps secrets that she's supposed to keep, and she's super loyal to her friends. For example, in the last book, she helped this one girl out, even though she was horrible to Gwen. She kept Oliver's really big secret because she's just like that. She didn't go back on any promise that she made, and I found that really admirable about her. (Ooh, I think the sugar's wearing off... Wait, it's back again. Why? WHY did I just say that?)
Gwen's also a super strong character. She keeps on trying to get what she wants, and she doesn't just shy away from a challenge. At the end, during this very big reveal, sort of, she didn't run screaming away. She held her ground and fought. I have to admit that there wasn't another choice for her, but it totally works out. And when Logan pretty much starts avoiding her (still haven't forgiven you for that, Logi Bear...sorry, it just came to me cause it's like Yogi Bear?) Gwen kept her chin up and didn't back out. I really admired that about her and although I'd like to think that I'm a strong person, I don't think that I am as much as the book characters, so I can really admire Gwen for this.
Alright, so I noticed this very small trivial thing in this book, and it wasn't enough to lower the rating, but I definitely wanted to point it out. Jennifer likes to use this word: skirted. "I skirted around Logan" was used twice in the last book, which was acceptable, and it was used twice in this book. Don't ask me how on earth I remember that...I just have this really weird recollection of it. And I also remember this phrase that's usually repeated that is: "And he/she thought I was the freak." These two phrases were repeated a few times and although it annoyed me a little bit, the rest of the book made up for it.
LOGAN! AHHH! (I feel sparks fly, whenever you smile. Sparks Fly, Taylor Swift) This is a Relatable Lyric because I had to start doing it more often and that's how Gwen always feels about Logan and the same thing for me, too. And throughout the book Logan was always ignoring Gwen and I was feeling really bad for Gwen. (And we're standing alone in a crowded room, and we're not speaking. And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me. The Story Of Us, Taylor Swift) That's how I can totally understand Gwen was feeling, and I wanted to smack Logan upside the head for how extremely heinous and jerky he was being.
And now we're moving onto the plot. WHEEEE!!! AHHHH!!! That was the main concept, only obviously coated with tween hyper-ness. Gwen was doing something, something shocking happened that absolutely just jerked me out of my seat and made me pay attention. Ooh, it's 5:01 right now! I have to start my homework and schedule this post! But wait, I have so much more to say! Okay, fine, I'll do this. Wait. Did I just have an argument with myself during a review? Gack...I sometimes hate my promise to never delete anything I write, unless it's a spelling, formatting, or grammar error.
Okay! So onto the action. Everything moved very fast, and I really liked the idea of Logan being a sort of "protector" even when Gwen wasn't aware of it. He wasn't babying her, however, but he was looking out for her and her well-being. And he was always there for her when he needed to be and although Gwen did very minimal fighting, everything was jam-packed with action. There were only a few fight scenes, but it didn't go slow at all because everything was really hectic and just wonderfully written. I definitely applaud Jennifer for doing that.
Oh, nuggets. I just wrote, like, ten paragraphs of meaningless fluff on a book. I really have to work on that...*cringe* But anyway, have a nice day everybody and I'm off for homework and to STOP MY BROTHER FROM SENDING ME FACEBOOK NOTIFICATIONS! Toodles!