Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead


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... 

5 out of 5 stars

Frostbite picks up where Vampire Academy left off and not only does it not disappoint but it provided me the opportunity to fall even deeper in love with the characters and their stories.  Frostbite not only had the typical drama I expected (and love) about all of these YA books, but Richelle Mead is not afraid of turning things around and hitting you with some major plot twists you never even dreamed of coming.  This only cements my love for her as an author.

In this second installment, students from St. Vladimirs travel to an exclusive "safe" ski lodge for a little fun (and protection) during winter break.  As you can expect Rose, our fierce, protective, bad ass favorite character is out once again looking for "trouble," while Lissa it seems is still being "medicated" to control her powers.  Although I have to admit, I'm not sure how well that's going to work out in the end.  I feel like suppressing the amount of power she possesses is a recipe for a major backfiring kind of disaster. 

With this new book comes an introduction to a couple of new characters.  We meet Tasha, Christian's aunt, who has a very interesting background story of survival.  I'm on the fence when it comes to Tasha because I don't know whether to love her heroism or hate her for loving Dimitri and trying to take him away from Rose!  We're also introduced to Adrian, another royal vamp.  Suspiciously, he stays pretty much drunk or high all the time.  Adrian is certainly an intriguing character and I cannot wait to see where his story leads because I have a sneaking suspicion he's going to be around for quite some time!

Dimitri fans don't worry you still get plenty of him in this story, and boy do I ever love him. Don't get be wrong, he frustrates the hell out of me at times, but at the same time I also see all those emotions be thinks he's so well at bottling up and I move right on from frustration to understanding. The chemistry and banter back and forth with Rose makes putting down the books of this series incredibly hard.  Their scenes together are some of my most favorite parts of this series so far. 

Without giving too much away, and ruining your experience with Frostbite I'm going to leave this review saying once again it's filled with LOT's of twists and turns I never saw coming.  Without a doubt Ms. Mead has a gift for weaving an incredible story and I promise as soon as you close Frostbite you're not going to be able to help from one-clicking Shadow Kiss and immediately starting.  The Vampire Academy Series is simply irresistible!

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