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August 03, 2013

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

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Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication date: August 10th, 2008
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre(s): Young Adult (Vampires)
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 327
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...
Frostbite immediately starts off like a roller coaster! We're back with Rose, her best friend Lisa, her teacher (or lover as well) Dimitri, and the other AWESOME characters in this AWESOME book! Yes, I think you'll see the word AWESOME many times in this review. The book starts off with this major Strigoi attack, that had many strong guardians and royal Moroi's killed as well. Not only was it a normal Strigoi attack, but it seems as though they also had some help. Help from humans, who can actually walk in day light. Shocked at this horrifying news, St. Vladimir's Academy is intent on taking extra precautions into the students safety. Christmas break soon, St. Vladimir's Academy  decided to hold a ski trip, but this time, it's mandatory for all students to attend. 
I loved the idea that all students, teacher, and guardians have to attend this trip together. St. Vladimir's Academy also decided to get a few famous guardians, one of them who was Rose's mother, to teach the students the importance of being a Guardian. It was interesting to see a bit of Rose's personal life. I don't think I ever much questioned her family that much, so it was rather cool to read about her actual mother. When they all left to the ski trip, you can say that's when the awesome stuff happened. Lisa and Christian were all lovey dovey, and that's when Rose started feeling a bit jealous and left out. There was also Mason, oh how I love you Mason. Funny guy Mason, who is also head over heels for Rose. They're so cute together that if Dimitri wasn't there, I would want them to get together. Speaking of Dimitri, I was disappointed that there wasn't much tension between the two (Rose and Dimitri, NOT Mason and Dimitri). Though there is this new character we meet, who made the love story a bit more interesting (JEALOUSYYY). Tasha, Christian's beautiful aunt, stays with them as well. Rose stars feeling very jealous when she see's how Tasha and Dimitri are so comfortable talking to each other, it makes me laugh inside. We also meet a new character here, and it's ADRIAN! Finally, after reading his name practically everywhere in the blogging community, I finally meet him! *SWOON* 
Anyways, I don't want to write any spoilers, but I just have to say that this book was just awesome. The ending was a bit tragic for me though. Something entirely SHOCKING happened, that I just couldn't even fathom the idea. Other than that, I loved the characters. Rose really grew up in this book, and you can really see that. Richelle Mead is a GENIUS, and I don't think I'll ever NOT love a book she wrote. Definitely cannot wait to see what happens in the next book, Shadow Kiss!

15 comments:

  1. Ah, Farah, you're making me want to re-read the Vampire Academy series, reminding me of all the reasons why I love it. Now that the first movie's coming out next year, I think I might reread the series soon!

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  2. Gah! I can't even remember how this book ended! I read it so long ago. But I agree with Ash, you make me want to pick up this series again. I haven't had a re-read in such a long time! Really thrilled to see you enjoyed it. :)

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  3. Yay, you liked this. I love this series. Shadow Kiss is Amazing too. Great review!

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  4. Frostbite is one of my favorites in the series! So sad and shocking! Also, the jealousy was hard! I didn't want Dimitri with Tasha, at all! Great review, Farah. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series. :)

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  5. It was a nice book. I remember what I liked most at this book... that great guy that you will probably love for the rest o the series and for the rest of the life... ADRIAN! Yeah I saw that you put his name in caps, he is quite a great guy and the fact that he appeared in this book made it special. I love that scene... 8->

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  6. ADRIAN!!! Ah, this book was so good! I already knew how the story was going to take (stupid me read the 4th book first), but I still loved it. Like you said, Richelle Mead is a genius and I will always read anything she writes. The ending for Frostbite was so swoony. I loved Dmitri. I'm so glad you're enjoying this series, Farah! Fabulous review :)

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  7. *deep breath* OKAY.....HOLD ON..WAIT FOR IT.....*SCREAMS, RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES!!!!!* OMG, Farah, you have no idea how happy I am you read this! I absolutely ADORE this series, like I can't breathe without adore. Richelle Mead has such a fantastic way with words, the storyline, and the amazing romance. I read this series as the book were coming out one by one, so I had a torturous time with this series, but I remember everything about it. Dimitri and Rose's relationship takes a new turn here...and Adrian....*Swoon* I just simply love this man! *in dreamland* Your review, totally just made me crave re-reading this entire series. Glad you enjoyed this, Farah! AMAZING review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  8. Oh Farah all of your awesomeness in the review made me giggle..i love when a book makes ya all fangirl. I should try this series.

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  9. So glad you are finally reading and enjoying this series and that you finally met my husband Adrian! But back up he's mine! LOL Love Lissa and Christian too! And Mason! Oh Mason! So many great things!

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  10. I can't completely remember all the things that happened here but I do remember that I enjoyed this sequel very much too. I enjoyed finally meeting Adrian here too. Haha! Fantastic review, Farah!

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  11. I absolutely love this series! I don't care much for the Bloodlines but this one could do no wrong. Glad you loved it, Farrah.

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  12. I read the first one of these and couldn't stand Lissa so I never read another one. I guess I was also tired of the vampire thing at the time. Maybe I'll give it a another go sometime. All you fans can't possibly be wrong! Glad you enjoyed this one so much!

    Heather

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  13. I'm only up to Shadow Kiss in this series, and I really want to pick it back up now. I love Adrian too, especially in the Bloodlines series ;) Great review!

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  14. Oooh, I'm so glad you loved it! Vampire Academy is hands down one of my favorite YA series! And you thought Frostbite ending was crazy? Farah- wait till you get to Shadow Kiss! You will be freaking out!

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  15. "AWESOME" is definitely the perfect word for this book! Just wait until you get to the next novel! Things get very crazy (and Adrian becomes more fabulous we each novel, of course)!

    Great review :)

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