Friday, July 22, 2011

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

Book cover of Frost Bite by Richelle Mead

Title:  Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author:  Richelle Mead
Release date:  April 10, 2008
Publisher:  Razorbill
Pages:  327
Source:  Bookstore

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…

So while I thought Vampire Academy was just okay, I loved Frostbite. I was hooked from the very beginning and I read straight through.  This series is one that you can’t just stop halfway through.  You will be hooked.

In Vampire Academy Rose was my biggest issue.  I didn’t like her attitude much at the beginning of this book but by the end she was a whole different girl.  She was less snarky, more serious, and finally a real badass.  She could back her words up with her fighting skills finally.  She was brave and even when she was afraid she stood up for her friends.  She was very loyal and I really like her now.

The plot in this one was definitely better and more fast-paced than in Vampire Academy.  There was more about the Strigoi in this book and I liked learning about them and seeing the destruction they could cause.  It seems like this is just the beginning of their story and I am super excited to see what happens next in Shadow Kiss.  I’m sure they will be back and nastier than ever.

Overall, I think I can call myself a Vampire Academy fan for now.  I’m so glad to see that this series lives up to the hype and that it’s not all the same vampire stuff as the other books.  Oh and another thing I can’t wait to read more about is Dimitri!  I love him!  Well and Adrian.  Haha.  I’m torn!

First line:  Things die.

Rating:  A

Cover:  A-

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8 Comments

  1. kaye (paper reader)

    This was a series that I didn’t think I would love as much as I do. I love Rose (although Dimitri is my favorite) and I love that she’s a no-nonsense kickass girl who isn’t afraid to speak up. The books are addicting, and there are some crazy things coming up for you yet!

  2. Laura

    Frostbite really took the series to a whole different level. With the introduction of Adrian, there was that classic three-way love triangle. It was the pinnacle of where the story was going.

  3. Chapter Chicks

    I really didn’t like VA, but each book just gets better and better and after this book it became one of my favorite series. But the end is absolutely amazing and worth reading through every single one of them. So sit down and do it! 🙂

  4. LoriStrongin

    I definitely enjoyed the Vampire Academy series, and Richelle herself is a really nice lady. Hmm, you’ve got me hankering now to go back and reread some of my favorite parts…

    (And, just gotta say, I’ve always though this cover looked way too much like the one used by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season two, I think it was. An homage, perhaps?)

    Smiles!
    Lori

  5. Bere

    Oooh, awesome review, Katie! I have to admit that I’ve stayed away from this series because of all the hype but, I might just give it a chance sooner or later. I’m so glad to hear your enjoying this one. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the other books. =D

  6. Christina Kit.

    I really loved Rose in this one! I actually liked her for the reason you didn’t. She was more serious, but I thought it showed character growth and a good lead for what she’ll have to do in the end and the next book.

    LOVE the setting 🙂

    Lovely review 🙂

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