Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Frostbite
Series: #2
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: April 10, 2008
Format: Paperback (327 pages)
Dates Read: 7/22-7/25
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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 loved Vampire Academy, but I wish there had been something more. Frostbite definitely make up for that while it makes you appreciate how much information was given in Vampire Academy and how much didn’t happen. There is so much more action, drama, and suspense. It sucks you in from the very beginning and you find yourself not wanting to put it down. Especially since there are so many times where you are kept on the edge of your seat.

Vampire Academy took place mostly at St. Vladimir Academy, but Frostbite takes you outside of that. It’s so cool to see the vampires outside of their usual environment since they aren’t allowed to leave their school, as well as seeing them interact with quite a few characters that are introduced.

With Rose’s mom coming to the school, you get more a back story on Rose. She mentioned her mom some in Vampire Academy, but seeing her with her mom and how they really don’t have much of a relationship at all and might as well be strangers. You kind of feel bad for Rose because her mother comes in acting like she can treat Rose like a child and it bothers Rose since her mother never tried to be her mom, so why does she have the right to treat her the way she does.

Rose still has the moments where you love her, but other times where you just want to smack her. In her defense though, she really deals with a lot and all that would wear on anyone. She is dealing with her feelings for Dimitri, the stuff with her mom, keeping Lissa safe, dealing with the stress of Strigoi attacks, plus the annoy new guy, Adrian, almost harassing her, and trying to deal with the fact that one of her friends loves her but she can’t return those feelings.

The bond between Rose and Lissa is explained so much more, and you find out why it happened, which is really cool. And to see how Lissa learns more about the things she can do, and the things she could learn to do.

While I did like Adrian a bit, he is no Dimitri. Rose and Dimitri sometimes act like an old married couple and they’re way to cute and you can feel all the sexual tension between them. Adrian, is more the guy who likes the chase. He knew from the beginning that Rose wasn’t into him, but he pushed and would send her gifts and things.

You learn about the Strigoi in Vampire Academy, but in Frostbite, you get to see them first hand. You feel the same fear that Rose is feeling and you keep wanting to yell at her. The anticipation was so much and you just get lost in reading because once you think things are going their way, something else happens.

While there was so much action in the end, there was also times that made you just want to cry right along with Rose. You are in shock just as much as she is and you can’t believe that it all really happened. You are left again wanting more. You want to know how this is going to affect the characters and the story and where it will go from there.