Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal
Synopsis: 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 handto- 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…
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Actual rating: 3.5/5
Frosbite is the entertaining second book in the Vampire Academy series- a book that sucks you in once you sit down and start reading. It’s fast-paced, action-packed and full of snark, sass and fun. If you enjoyed the first book, I would definitely recommend picking the sequel up because it was better than the first book. The stakes are higher, there’s a little more world-building, and we find ourselves more invested in the characters than we initially thought.
Vampire Academy was a good enough book. I thought it was entertaining and a good start to a series. I do think that the hype brought it down for me a little bit, but putting that aside, I was interested in continuing on with the series. I’ve heard the first two books are average, and that the series picks up after the third book. Since I liked the first two books, I’m excited to see what the third book has in store for me.
My main problem with this book was the characters. Even though I did care about them, I wasn’t invested in them nearly as much as I would want to be at this point in the series. I think Richelle Mead does a great job with voice; Rose’s narration is – for lack of a better word – on point. I found myself chuckling because the narration matches Rose’s personality perfectly; humorous, mocking, teasing, sassy. I loved it, and I was hooked to the voice from the very beginning. A lot of people seem to dislike Rose’s character because of her cockiness, but I thought the arrogance was a refreshing break from the “oh-I’m-a-plain-Jane-please-tell-me-how-beautiful-I-actually-am” YA trope. My problem lay with Lissa’s character. I thought Lissa was much more fleshed out and well-constructed in the first book, and I was expecting to see more of her character’s dilemmas in this installment, most of which were completely brushed aside.
Adrian’s introduction was interesting, and I’m curious to see where Richelle Mead takes his character in the future books.
I admire Richelle Mead’s ability to put her characters into difficult positions, but the major characters are still in the safe zone and I, as a reader, was aware of that. I like some danger in the novels I read. I like it when I’m unsure of who is going to survive, who is not. Much like in Cassandra Clare’s novels, I was sure that the major characters were safe. The suspense and thrill of a novel is taken away when you’re that sure about the safety of the characters. Hurting the secondary characters (that aren’t even that well-developed to begin with) isn’t that great of a shocker.
Overall, solid sequel. Entertaining, fun, a good time. I’m excited to see what the next books in the series have to offer, although I sincerely hope that they get darker (gosh, I sound like I have problems.)