Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) 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…
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I couldn’t wait to read Frostbite after finishing Vampire Academy! I was so taken with Rose and her world that I wanted to continue with the series as soon as possible.
Frostbite is a really fun book. Richelle Mead has upped the stakes in the Moroi~Strigoi war, with the Strigoi starting to team up with humans. This causes all sorts of problems at Rose and Lissa’s school, and also with the Moroi society in general, as everyone scrambles to deal with the ramifications. It always makes me happy when authors increase the stakes over the course of the series, so that what starts as a localized event eventually builds into something with more meaning, and it looks like the Vampire Academy series is headed this way. Yay!
Also great is the further exploration of what it means for a Moroi to wield spirit as their magical element. Lissa’s powers are more under control thanks to medication but the temptation is still there, and the desire to know more about spirit and what can be done with it.
There are also a whole bunch of new characters. Most striking are Adrian and Tasha. They’re both important to the story in different ways and I hope we’ll see more of them in later novels. We also get to meet Rose’s mother, though I found their relationship to be somewhat predictable since Rose is full of resentment and is unwilling to see the whole of her mother, at least at first.
Rose’s love life is also in full swing. She’s got Mason on one hand, Dimitri in the other, and some new faces are showing interest. It’s probably the least favourite part of the novel for me, not because it’s badly written or anything, but because I wanted more of the other stuff. A lot of urban fantasy has a romantic element but I didn’t like reading about Rose being a flirt and sexpot when she’s so much more than that.
I’ve requested Shadow Kiss from the library and I look forward to seeing what happens to Rose and Lissa in their next adventure.