Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 10, 2008
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…
First Sentence: Things die.
To be honest, I was nervous about reading Frostbite. Expectations were high (I mean, this is the famous Richelle Mead‘s book we’re talking about right now) and (almost) everyone loved this one and this series. If I didn’t at least like Frostbite, I would definitely be the weird one out, so as I was reading Frostbite, I definitely felt the pressure to like it. It didn’t really matter though – Richelle Mead’s plot and writing made it easy for me to remember why I enjoyed reading Vampire Academy the first place and made me enjoy reading its sequel, Frostbite.
Right from the very first page of Frostbite (where it’s the prologue), I was surprised. I wasn’t expecting Richelle Mead to write a recap of all the major details that we learned in Vampire Academy. In fact, since I thought Richelle Mead wouldn’t recap anything since most authors choose not to recap past events in their sequels, I used the brilliant Recaptain’s recap of Vampire Academy to refresh my memory of Vampire Academy. The prologue of Frostbite was written with tons of info-dump (seven pages of info-dump to be specific) with basically Rose telling us the major details of what we need to know so far, but I didn’t mind the info-dump since it also helped bring me up to speed.
I’m seventeen years old, training to protect and kill vampires, in love with a completely unsuitable guy, and have a best friend whose weird magic could drive her crazy.
Hey, no one said high school was easy. (7)
Remember when I mentioned in my review of Vampire Academy that I wrote several months ago that I absolutely loved Rose? Well, I still love Rose in Frostbite, thank goodness. Rose is as headstrong and as kick-ass as ever. (Wait until you see what she did at the end of the book guys. For those of you who have read Frostbite already, I repeat, isn’t Rose awesome?) One major change I noticed in Rose is that she is a lot less conceited in Frostbite than she was in Vampire Academy. There wasn’t a single mention of how she was better than all the other girls in the academy; she just names the differences between them and leaves it at that. I really like that new attitude change.
I reminded myself for the thousandth time that he was my instructor and had no business holding me, no matter what the situation was. Besides, I wanted to be strong. I didn’t need to go running to some guy every time things got tough. (23)
I also finally, finally, finally meet the famous Adrian of the Bloodlines series in Frostbite. Honestly, that was the main reason why I read Frostbite the first place: To meet this famous Adrian Ivashkov that everyone (okay, mostly Cee) has been talking about and fawning over when they talk about the Bloodlines series. From what I know of Adrian so far, I absolutely love him. As I’ve mentioned on twitter, Adrian is way smarter than Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa combined and that’s when he’s drunk. Imagine his brainpower when he isn’t drunk. He can probably take over the world and well, he deserves to when he’s that smart. I can’t wait to learn more about Adrian as the series goes on.
“How do you keep doing this?” I asked Adrian, frustrated.
“Keep making us look bad!”
He chuckled. “You guys are the ones who came here.” (202)
One thing I noticed about both Vampire Academy and its sequel Frostbite is that there is little action but a lot of drama in the first three-fourths of the book. However, in the last one-fourth of the book, there is a lot of action and even a few deaths. The last one-fourth of Frostbite is basically where all the fighting scenes take place and the scenes where everything is put at stake. I personally think that last few chapters of Frostbite were the best because who wouldn’t like to read some kick-ass action scenes that just pulls you in into the story?
Overall, Frostbite is definitely a fun sequel to Vampire Academy. It is also a sequel that’s definitely worth reading to meet the famous (-whispers-) Adrian Ivashkov and to see a better improved version of Rose.
As a further note, Frostbite is definitely worth the read. Trust me.