Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite by Richelle Mead
2008, Razorbill
Series: Book 2 of Vampire Academy

Synopsis: 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...

The Good: Frostbite is one of the rare instances where I loved second book in a series even more than the first. The focus was split equally between action, drama and romance. Danger surrounds the royal families, so the kids at St. Vladimir's hide out at a fancy ski resort. As they cut loose from their training responsibilities, we get to see Rose and some of the others with a little more freedom to act their ages. And that means a lot of fun and teen angst. The tension between Rose and Dmitri is awesome and the addition of Adrian is fantastic. The book is not without its emotional pain and loss, however. Some surprising things take place in Frostbite, which may very well have a long term impact on some of the characters.

The Bad: Nothing. Frostbite was perfect.

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