Title: Frostbite (Book 2 of The Vampire Academy)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill – Penguin
Release Date: April 10, 2011
Rose Hathaway’s got 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. (So not cool).
Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians–including the legendary Janine Hathaway…Rose’s formidable, long-absent mother. 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 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…
I’m not sure why, but it looks as though I didn’t review the first book in this series on this site. If I reread it in the near future, I will be sure to do so; however, this review is obviously about the second book – and what a book it was!
I don’t know what it is about this series (probably the action, romance, friendship, intrigue, etc.) that makes it so good. Oh wait.
The action and romance are amazing, especially when they go hand in hand with an amazing protaganist and her best friend. Rose and Lissa are truly well-written, especially since the books are from Rose’s point of view. I thoroughly enjoy her ironic personality, not only the cutting-edge humor but also the tough exterior she has, and the life experience she has. It’s amazing what a seventeen-year-old can go through in YA fiction, but it all seems completely possible. The martial arts skills for protecting the Moroi as well as the regular hormonal crabbiness that comes from being a teenage girl create a create a character that can be praised in every aspect of her attitude and capability – just reading some of the stuff she goes through makes me cry as I’m reading.
Even though there are sad notes to the plot, the majority of the book is Rose working on figuring out her life as an almost-graduated protector of good vampires from psychotic, manic killing vampires. Hey, with the stuff she goes through, its amazing she’s even made it this far, but I’m sooo glad she did! Lissa and Rose’s relationship, even outside the special bond they share (no spoilers there!) is tested in this book, but not in the normal way one thinks of “tested.” It was developed more in this book a lot, however. I loved seeing how the one-way connection affected each of their emotions and thoughts, and even their actions. I enjoyed how being introduced to Rose’s mother and the relationships they had outside of their own friendship also affected them.
And then there’s the romance! Oh Dimitri!!!!!!! Seriously, this book almost makes me want to give up reading YA fiction so I can become a mad scientist and build myself a Dimitri. I absolutely ached during this fresh torture that Rose and Dimitri endure. But I really can’t say anything else about that without spoilers…!
The intrigue is definitely built in this book for the rest of the books to add to and fufill with answers. I am most definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and Shadow Kiss will be soon!
No promises on what book is next though – I’m reading one on every device I own at the moment (PulseIt, Nook, computer, and hard cover!). Enjoy your books in the meantime!
**There is some language in this book**