Frostbite by Richelle Mead {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 10 September, 2012 by Amanda / 30 Comments

Frostbite by Richelle Mead {Amanda’s Review}Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #2
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted


Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir's on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...

Rose is bad ass and snarky!

My Thoughts on Frostbite

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.

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!


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30 Responses to “Frostbite by Richelle Mead {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. “Also, Rose is learning. She is learning.”

    YES! OMFG YESYESYES. Rose doesn’t burst into the world fully formed from daddy’s head… well… maybe mummy’s… if mummy is Mead… who’d probably be a FAR better parent than Zeus, but maybe I’m getting sidetracked a little.

    YES! OH GOODNESS YES. One of the things I love most about VA is Rose’s GROWTH. Even when she’s being a twit, and I don’t LIKE how she’s growing, I LOVE her growth. And I LOVE the focus on a realy friendship, too. AND AND AND EEEEEEEEEEEEE! So maybe I’m really excited you’re loving this.

    And I SOOOO agree that Frostbite is better than VA. I think the series truly, genuinely gets better as it goes along. LOVE ^__^

  2. Fun review..:) I know this series is on the fence with so many, but I really loved it…:D The Cliffhangers were the best!! I think book 5 was my favorite.

  3. Things are HAPPENING! OMG! HAPPENING! I agree with you. I think this book was much stronger than the 1st. And they really do continue to get better and better. They’ll rip your heart out time and time again. *flaily flaily flail flail*

  4. YEAH! I love this series so much, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it Amanda! I love how much Rose grows throughout, that’s something I always look for in a series. If the protagonist refuses to learn as they go, I get bored and give up because I just can’t root for them anymore. Definitely not the case with Rose. Fantastic review!

  5. The triangle didn’t bother me much in this series (oddly enough) because it might have been how different a person Rose was in each and every book. She grew so much and things HAPPEN! Oh boy do they happen :)

  6. Glad you liked this one, Amanda! I really enjoyed the first 3 or 4 books in this series. I won’t spoil anything for you, though!

    LOVE Rose … she’s such a great character!

    I really need to start the spin-off series soon. :)

  7. I loved this series so, so much. VA was good, but Frostbite was when I got HOOKED. Shadow Kiss gave me the ugly cries. Rose infuriated me so, but she’s such a badass and usually admits her mistakes. She does experience tremendous growth and hey, she’s a teenager!
    Great review, Amanda. I’m glad you liked Frostbite. ;-)

    • Yes, Andrea, YES! I completely agree with you. I think the only difference is that Shadow Kiss didn’t make me cry (but perhaps only because I was too busy being shocked and wondering WTF just happened).

  8. Errr, shhhhh… I haven’t read this yet. Someone once told me the writing was juvenile so I kind of put it by the wayside. So it hooked you, huh? Has you not minding love-polyhedrons (whatever that is, spell check let it thru, though).

    Adding first book to TBR right now. I’m sure I can get this at the library, no commitment involved. I’m so cheap…

  9. These books are hella awesome! It took a few years for ppl to talk me into reading them. Heh. I see the cliffie at the end of the next book KILLED you. Ugh. It was so painful, as is book 4 in its entirety. :(

    Rose, Christian and Adrian are my favorites in this series, but Dimka will not go unheard or unnoticed. His character is incredible in all the right ways.

  10. I’m so happy you’re loving this series!! Rose is a fun character that sometimes made me want to shake her, but she grows with each book, which is awesome. Another issue I have with Rose is that she sometimes doesn’t realize that she uses people. Wow..the more I talk, the more it sounds like I don’t like her, haha, but I do. I think she’s badass…she’s just rough around the edges.

    Also…the review of Shadow Kiss better have some Dimitri mentions!! :P

  11. I need to read this seris already so my co-blogger Bianca can finally rest easy. I know she loves this series and considering you are loving it as well and well everyone else on the planet loves it I need to read it. The funny thing is that I have almost the entire series signed by the author and sitting on my shelf yet I have yet to dive in. I honestly don’t know what is wrong with me that I keep putting off these highly recommended reads.

    I’m glad that you loved this one and now I need to read about Rose.
    Thanks for the awesome review! I hope you love book three.