Frostbite by Richelle Mead
(Book #2 of Vampire Academy)
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Format: Paperback, 327 pages
Publication Date: 4/10/2008
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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...I started this immediately after reading Vampire Academy which was around March this year. I was only a few pages in before I put the book back down and never picked it up. I only borrowed this so when its due date came, I turned it in and never thought about starting it again. Not that I didn't like the series, I do, it was just one that slipped up from my mind since there are so many books to choose from! Now, I been hearing a lot about the spin-off series, Bloodlines, I really do want to read those books but I don't want to jump into it without finishing this one. So finally, I got back to my Vampire Academy track. Now I wonder why in the hell did I ever steer courses?
This book gripped me as much as its predecessor did. Usually it takes a while for me to warm up to story, even for sequels, but not with this one! I was thankful for the Prologue which reintroduces the events from VA so I didn't have to re-read the first book.
True to her character, Rose is still as stubborn and sassy as ever. Although her hindered romance with Dimitri puts her in a more irritable mood, it's always fun having her around! It was also nice to see the vulnerability play with her character in this novel.
I liked that other characters we're put into spotlight in this book and that other characters we're introduced like.. Adrian Ivashkov. Just seeing that name makes me want to throw my hands in air and sing love songs. Yeah, that giddy. He was a nice addition to the ever growing set of hot boys in the VA world.
There was lots of love in this book and also, a lot of jealousy which leads to the drama. As I said before this book reminds me of Gossip Girl especially when those aspects kicks in! I'm not complaining, it was rather interesting to see all those interactions. I didn't read much about Dimitri in this book but when he was, he was in mentor mode so it's not a particularly fun thing.
The last few chapters made me tear up! It was action and emotion packed. I was swept away with it. Despite that little sad event, the ending was gratifying. I'm glad Richelle Mead doesn't feel the need to kill her readers with cliffhangers just to make sure her readers will come back for more. I was very pleased.
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