Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Frostbite

Title - Frostbite
Author - Richelle Mead
Series - Vampire Academy 2
Genre - YA Paranormal Vampires
Format - Kindle
Published - January 1st 2008


Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... 

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...


Frostbite is the second installment in the Vampire Academy. Rose is back in training to become a guardian working overtime to catch up in her classes as well as her physical training. Lissa has been spending all her time with Christian as their budding relationship takes it to a new level. While Lissa is busy Rose is feeling a little jealous missing her best friend and not really having anyone she can vent to. She also can’t deny she’s in love with Dimitri but it’s clear to him that nothing will happen. When Rose heads off with Dimitri to be tested what should have been a just a test turns out to be anything but. The pair arrive to find several Guardians as well as Moroi murdered by Strigoi but it’s clear from searching the crime scene that they are working with humans which is unheard of.

After hearing about the brutal attack the school decides to send the Royals, as well as their families off to a protected ski resort in Idaho for the break. What should be a relaxing vacation for the students is anything but for Rose she’s been torn in all directions by guys who want her but the one she can’t have. At least she gets along with Mason while Adrian is determined to win her over with his charm. Toss in Rose’s mother who she hasn't seen in ages it’s going to be anything but relaxing. When another family is attacked hitting close to home some of the novice’s head off to get the Strigoi since the Guardians aren’t doing anything. Rose will have to find them before they are found by the Strigoi.

I think Rose is a great character while she has her flaws but I think that’s what I like about her. She’s easy to connect with you can’t help cheering her on through the whole book. I like Lissa she’s a perfect match for Rose they complement each other and I can’t wait to see what she can do with her powers. As much as I like Mason he’s just not perfect for Rose like Dimitri is and I keep hoping one day he’ll see the light and follow his heart. We also got a taste of Tasha who is Christians Aunt she’s an interesting character that I hope to see more of in future books. I think she has the potential to change the way they fight the Strigoi with her ideas but I could be way off.

For December my goal is to read the rest of the series. Frostbite had big expectation after the first one and I was nervous it wouldn't be able to meet them. I was instantly drawn into Rose’s story it’s fast paced from start to finish. Frostbite is an intricate story that mixes action, emotions, romance, and enough suspense to leave you guessing till the end. The characters are easy to relate to and engaging you can’t help falling for them. I was on the sparkly vampire band wagon for a long time but Vampire Academy is quickly stealing my heart. I love the concept for the two types of vampires as well as the Dhampir I think the author has taken the vampire concept and put her own unique twist which I love. It's one of my new favorite series that I couldn't put down. I can’t wait to start the next one because I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next to Rose and Dimitri. I have all of them loaded on my kindle ready to go. 
5 out of 5 stars

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