Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 327 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 10th, 2008
Status: Vampire Academy #2

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 was an emotional and adventurous read. It will leave your heart racing and wanting for more.

The story takes place a couple of months after the events of Vampire Academy. Rose is headed to do her qualifier test with a prestigious guardian when she and Dimitri discover a conspiracy involving Strigoi and humans. The school then goes into a state of emergency and decide to take all their students to a posh hotel.

This book was really more about Rose's relationship with everyone else and not some much of discovering more about her bond with Lissa. There is a lot more of a political plot in this book, as we get our first look at how the Moroi monarchy system works.
The Royal Moroi's are trying to decide what they're supposed to do with their Strigoi problem. Half of them are asking to lower the graduation age down to 16, to turn out more guardians, while the other half is undecided. And then there is a small part of the system that wants to fight back, and that group is being led by Christian's aunt Tasha who Rose admires... but hates because she's all over Dimitri.

We get to see Rose in a different light in this book, and we see her more emotional in this book that the first book. Rose not only has to deal with protecting Lissa, but trying to figure out her role in society and dealing with her mom. On top of that, she has to decide her feelings for Mason, Dimitri, and the mysterious and charming Adrian Ivashkov.

I really liked this book a lot because the stakes are higher than the first book, and we get to see Rose in much more difficult situations. We see her grow as a character, and sets up a lot of action for the next book.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
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