Gwen Frost is a Gypsy with touch magic, which is supposed to be a blessing, but sometimes seems to be a curse. She loves knowing people's secrets, but that sometimes comes with a price, particularly when her mom is killed in a traffic accident following Gwen revealing a secret. Gwen's first semester at Mythos Academy, a school for magically gifted warriors, was rough. A Reaper of Chaos tried to kill her and she was saved by a hunky Spartan, Logan, who rebuffed her love. She did make two friends a Valkyrie, Daphne, and a Celt, Carson, so she is not as lonely as she was. The most important discover for her is that she is a Champion of Nike and must learn to fight with Vic, her talking sword, to stop the Reapers, meaning training sessions with Logan. After all this stress, she hopes the Winter Carnival will be a time to relax, but when someone keeps trying to kill her, she realizes the Reapers are angry after the death of one of their own and they are coming for her. As she learns more of her abilities, Gwen struggles to deal with her path, but when more secrets are revealed, she begins to embrace her destiny and is driven by revenge.
This series is full of action and suspense. The making out and wild parties are a bit much, but I like the different twists Estep created with the different warrior groups. I am not for sure how I feel about Gwen and her love interest Logan, but at least more of his secrets are revealed in this book. This was the perfect fluff read after reading Animal Farm, and I like the series so far.
Favorite Quote: "'Now shut up and kiss me before I pass out.' 'When you put it like that, how can a girl possibly resist?'" "'Every creature, mortal and god alike, has free will. It's what we choose to do with that will that defines us, that makes us who we are, good and bad. Remember that.'" That is one aspect that I like about the series, it is the choices Gwen makes not just who she is, that drives the action.
Favorite Character: Gwen. She can be a bit whiny and obsessive about Logan, but she stays strong when most people would crumble. She makes stupid choices at times, but she also accepts the consequences of her actions and tries to embrace her destiny.
These are quick reads and full of action. I may fuss at the characters as I read, but I do like the books. I have already started the third one. 3.5 cups of cocoa!