Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Review)

20522862Synopsis: 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.

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy 

Cover: Once again, I love the simplicity of this novel’s cover. I love the typography of the VA which looks like it should be the logo of the school’s uniform if they had one. I really love uniform covers for this series and this one is very nice to look at with the deep blue color.  

My thoughts: Frostbite, the second story in the Vampire Academy series, begins with Rose training with Dimitri to become a guardian for her royal best friend, Lissa. On a trip to see a well known powerful figure, Dimitri and Rose discover that the Strigoi, a group of evil vampires, are killing off Moroi families who are the royal vampires. In order to keep every vampire safe from the Strigoi attacks, everyone in St. Vladimir’s Academy attends a mandatory ski trip during winter break. During this school trip, Rose begins to notice Lissa and Christian are growing closer as a couple through her bond, making Rose jealous that she isn’t seeing Lissa as often. Dimitri also becomes closer to another guardian in hopes of moving on from Rose. Rose, still heartbroken over Dimitri, tries out a fresh relationship with her close friend, Mason, who is madly in love with her.

Throughout the ski trip, Rose continuously bumps into Adrian Ishakov, a mysterious Moroi who hints that he knows about her past relationship with Dimitri. I personally loved Adrian’s personality that is witty, suave, and sarcastic compared to Dimitri who constantly is serious and needs to lighten up a bit.

This novel is full of twists and turns that actually surprised me. This is not a predictable series in my opinion. It kept me on my toes and made me finish this novel as quickly as possible. The ending of this novel left me wondering what Rose was going to have to go through in order to protect Lissa and her friends with the Strigois growing into a larger threat to the royal Morois.

This quick read is naturally humorous with Rose narrating her blunt and sarcastic thoughts that made me laugh out loud at certain points. It was interesting to read about her training with Dimitri and once again the vampire element of the novel wasn’t cheesy at all. What I loved was seeing Lissa and Christian grow closer together as a couple that I loved to read about. I also enjoyed reading about Adrian who was thrown into the story line. What I didn’t enjoy was Rose’s recap everything that happened in the first novel.  That became tedious to read within the first five pages of the book. I also didn’t love the cliché love triangle with Rose being conflicted between Mason and Dimitri who she both liked. There wasn’t as much action scenes as there was in the first novel. It seemed that this book was a filler for the series, introducing new characters and problems to the plot of the story. All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who began the Vampire Academy series or any lover of paranormal books. 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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