Frostbite by Richelle Mead
(Vampire Academy, #2)
Genre: YA, paranormal
Format: paperback from Ruby’s Reads
Read: 8/17/2012 — 8/18/2012
In Six Words: Rose is bad ass and snarky!
1. Vampire Academy
3. Shadow Kiss
3. Blood Promise
5. Spirit Bound
6. Last Sacrifice
Why I Started Reading This Series
It probably surprises no one that this was a series I was encouraged to read. It seems that somehow a lot of series that I’m current in the middle of are all about people encouraging me to read them. Huh. Well, I loved the first book in this series, and so of course I had to continue with the second. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Frostbite. The second book in series often have a tendency to not be as good as the first, but Frostbite is so, so good. Maybe even better than the first.
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…
Thoughts on Book 2
Do you know those books that pull you in, hook you, and, as soon as you’re finished, you need to pick up the next book in the series? Frostbite was exactly that kind of book. The love triangle (square/rectangle/trapezoid/diamond?) didn’t even bother me that much. It’s like a journey. Also, shut up. NO comments about that, please. I’m trying to be open minded. Also, Rose is learning. She is learning. It’s important to learn. Also, it’s a complicated thing, and sometimes I feel as confused as Rose. I’m choosing to believe this is the sign of a wonderful author.
I think one of aspects of this book that astounds me (in a good way) and that pulled me in so much was Rose’s journey as a character. She’s growing. It’s a painful and awful process (isn’t growing always difficult in some way?) but she is a fighter. And Rose grew a lot in this book. There were also some points raised that will probably be addressed in later books, and at this point I’m enthralled enough with Rose and what happens to her that I want to pick up the next book as soon as I finish this review. I like Rose. I think she is really stupid sometimes and makes impulsive decisions, but I want her to succeed. Team Rose!
The world is also fascinating. And things are HAPPENING. (Side note: do you realize I say this a lot about books? I think it’s my way of saying the plot was very entertaining without giving anything away.) The bad guys are getting baddier. The possibilities for getting killed are starting to add up. And I like where things are going because I don’t really know where things are going, other than getting bleaker. But the humor in this book also has me giggling, and that is a nice balance to the bleakness.
Love LOVE when a second installment is as good or better than the first, and Frostbite is definitely that. I look forward to the third book!