Frostbite by Richelle MeadVampire Academy #2
Published on April 10, 2008 by Razorbill
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY...
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.
Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir's on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
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Rose and Lissa are back and this time they’re going on vacation, though not under the best of circumstances. The Strigoi are on the hunt for royals sending the students of St. Vladimir’s to spend their Christmas vacationing at a ritzy ski resort.
There’s a lot going on in Frostbite but not so much at the forefront as in the background. Royals are being targeted by the evil vampires, Strigoi, and as Rose’s best friend Lissa is the last of her family (and royal), the dhampir is concerned for her safety. You get a bit of the action at the beginning but the students quickly end up at the resort and the book slows down from there. Mead provides a nice summary of the last book in the prologue of this one in case it’s been a while since you read Vampire Academy. I wasn’t a huge fan of this since I read them back to back but at least it was sectioned off so you can either skim or skip it if you’re familiar with the events of the first book.
Frostbite really gets into the characters. As always, I loved Rose. She’s a great heroine and easy to relate to, plus the sarcasm doesn’t hurt. While her and Dimitri got hot and heavy in Vampire Academy for a short time, she looks to a new man in this book when she gives fellow dhampir and guardian-in-training Mason a chance. Considering he’s been sending puppy dog eyes her way for a while now, I was glad she finally made a decision about him. Granted, I would have rather it been to let him down easy and jump Dimitri but it is what it is.
But then again, Mason. Poor Mason. Such a sweet boy.
Now a character I can really get behind is Adrian. Another royal and distant cousin of Lissa, he’s older, charming, and all about flirting. I mean, you can’t fault the guy on that. Though Rose has plenty to say about his smoking. Considering he played a big part in the book, I expect to see a lot more of him.
I can’t say I’m behind either of these guys as love interests for Rose, as they’re intended to be in this book. Her and Dimitri are obviously the OTP of this series so far and their relationship did grow during Frostbite in a more emotional way (which was awesome) but I hated Rose’s indecisiveness between the three.
My biggest issue with Frostbite other than the pacing was the lack of intelligence from the characters. It was as if, all of a sudden, none of them could figure out even the smallest problem. Perhaps it’s just me but there were some very obvious points in the story that they could have made one decision or another, yet it took several chapters before one of them realized this. Was everyone just out of it on this resort trip?
Frostbite is by no means a bad book but I don’t think it quite lived up to Vampire Academy.