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Frostbite picks up where book one left off; it's Winter Break (aka the Christmas Holidays..I think) but Rose isn't feeling the love--a massive Strigoi attack has just taken place and the whole academy is on red alert and there are Guardian's around every corner, ready for anything. And to make matters worse, one of those guardian's happens to be Rose's mother, Janine Hathaway. And then on top of all of that, Rose has a dented face - her mother's doings - Dimitri seems to have his eye on Tasha - the beautiful royal aunt of Christian - , and one of her closest friends reveals he wants to be more than friends with her..and not forgetting the fact that Rose keeps getting pulled into Lissa's head when she's having moments Christian!
Mason is sure Rose is messing him about, and dangerously takes two others with him on a hunt to find the deadly Strigoi..it's a dangerous move and Rose must team up with Christian to resuce them, and fast. But it's not all fun and games being the hero, especially when you find yourself in the grasp of 'the undead'.
In Frostbite we see the relationship between Christian and Lissa *really* bloom. I don't think I've talked about Christian yet..He's a Moroi, whose parents turned Strigoi (by choice) and then tried to turn him. Aw. At the Academy, nobody really talks or hangs out with him, he's seen as 'the boy whose parents turned Strigoi', the weirdo, the odd one out, the loner, whatever you want to call it! I think Christian is one of my favourite characters, his unfortunate family past makes him sound really evil or something and everyone assumes he's going to follow his parents footsteps, but he's different which is why I was so pleased when him and Lissa got together! They're a mismatched pair, but they really compliment each other and it's really sweet.
One minor flaw to their relationship though was Lissa's behavior towards Rose in Frostbite. I just felt like she wasn't there for her, and I know she is the princess and everything but seeing as they were so close and Lissa literally brouhgt her back from the dead that she'd pay a bit mroe attention and be there for Rose in that really hard time! Rant over.
Alas, Rose has realised that there can never be anything between her and Dimitri and tries to return the feelings Mason obviously has for her..but it just doesn't work. Mason is sweet and really cares about Rose, but she can't seem to like him that way back. And then he has to go and do something really REALLY stupid!!!
My first impression of Adrian Ivashkov, hmm..Adrian is yet another spoilt royal who is really quite full of himself, and Rose sees *right* through his charming wit that has all the others girls swooning. I originally thought he was the bad guy, out to get Rose or something, but really, who didn't?! He seems quite shady but
I'm looking forward to seeing more of him, and I have a feeling there will be a lot more of him, because he's actually quite an interesting character!
The end of the book = genius. A fantastic, complex writing style and I have to say actually nearly cried at Mead's beautiful, beautiful (and strangely compelling) words.
Frost Bite is the second book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It was published on 26th May 2009 by Puffin and is 336 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy for review.
Books in the Vampire Academy Series
1. Vampire Academy
2. Frost Bite
3. Shadow Kiss
4. Blood Promise
5. Spirit Bound
6. Last Sacrifice
After a massive Strigoi attack on the Moroi royal families, St Vladimir's Academy is put on high alert, taking in help from notorious guardians like Janine Hathaway, Rose's mother. The Strigoi attacks force St Vladimir's to rethink the safety of their students and decide to make this years ski trip mandatory.
The bond Rose shares with Moroi princess best friend, Lissa, causes her to be able to see Lissa and Christian making out. A lot. Also, Rose has a huge crush on her instructor, Dimitri but one of her other best friends, Mason, has a huge crush on her. While at the ski lodge, another guy takes a keen interest in Rose. Adrian is Moroi royalty and isn't used to not getting what he wants but is determined to do what it takes to get Rose to notice him. With all of this going on, the Strigoi attacks are just one more thing for Rose to deal with.
When a trio of students decide to take things into their own hands, Rose must join forces with Christian to stop them making a massive mistake only the mistake might actually be going after them. Both Rose's life and heart are at risk but she sees no way to save both.
What I thought
Even though I thought that Vampire Academy was a little slow going for a while, by the time I reached the end of the book, I couldn't wait for the second one, Frost Bite. I was so happy when books 2-5 came through the door because it meant that I could have a bit of a VA marathon.
Although I wouldn't recommend starting with the second book in this series, Richelle Mead recaps what has happened at the beginning and throughout this book. I quite liked this aspect to begin with, thinking it was especially good if it had been a while since you had read the previous book. However, l felt as though some of the recaps went on a little too far in the main story and there were too many of them sometimes. The time could probably have been used better.
One of the things that I loved most about this book was being able to see how much Rose changed due to everything that she had to go through. As her feelings for Dimitri grow, she realises that he may be the one thing that she wont be able to have and that causes her to rethink things a bit. As well as having to deal with her feelings for Dimitri, she has to come to terms with the fact that he may not be her instructor for much longer and what impact this could have on her becoming a guardian and what will happen as soon as she graduates. I really liked the way that Rose's guardian training came in to play a lot in Frost Bite because it really made me realise how much she has gone through to get to where she is now, after leaving the Academy for a while.
Having Rose's mother in this book made it possible to see a completely different side to Rose. It had been made known before that her mother had never really been around for her and was quite quick to get on with her own career once Rose was born. In Frost Bite, many of Rose's feelings that she had previously kept hidden begin to surface and this leads the way for some quite heated conversations between the two. I enjoyed these parts of the book because it meant that I got to see a different side to Rose, one where she wasn't the girl who didn't let anything bother her.
I was kind of glad to see that Lissa wasn't a main feature of this book. I don't totally dislike her but I was glad to see Rose on her own for a while and interacting with other people. It really wouldn't be healthy for her to only have Lissa as a friend so I liked seeing her friendship with Mason grow, even if there were ulterior motives on his part. Some other characters that we get to see more of this time around are Christian and Mia. Another new addition to this book was Adrian, another royal Moroi. From his very first moment on the page, I loved him. He is so full of himself and sure of what he wants/ what he's going to get but he also had a certain charm about him that I couldn't resist. Adrian took an instant shine to Rose and I cant help but kind of want them to end up together. Their personalities would definitely make for an interesting relationship and I really hope that because of this, Adrian sticks around throughout the series.
I haven't read a book that made me cry for quite a long time now but Richelle Mead has broken that now. There were a couple of times in throughout that I could feel myself welling up but I didn't think I was actually going to cry, until I broke down and had a really good sob at one part in particular. Along with a fantastic ending, Frost Bite is an emotional ride that made me question what I thought about certain characters. I couldn't pick up the third book in this series fast enough after putting this one down.
Frostbite carries on from where Vampire Academy left off, with Rose and Lissa trying to make their way through high school. At the beginning of this book, Rose and her mentor, Dimitri, visit another guardian who will be testing Rose on her abilities. However, when they arrive, they find that the whole household, guardians and Moroi alike, have been slaughtered. It is discovered that a band of Strigoi vampires are targeting the Moroi royalty and are hoping to wipe them all out. Humans are helping this band of Strigoi, which means that there is no safety for the Moroi and their guardians as humans are able to strike during the day. St Vladimir's Academy makes the decision to take the students, their families and guardians away to a ski lodge specifically used by Moroi royalty, so that it is easier to guard everybody. Once they are at the ski lodge they hear of another royal family being massacred. A group of novice guardians decide to take matters into their own hands and go looking for this group of Strigoi, however, not everything goes to plan.
It is obvious that Rose has grown up and learnt a lot since her activities in Vampire Academy and she does make an effort to control her impulsive nature. But this isn't always easy as she is such a passionate person. It is obvious that she cares deeply about Lissa and always puts Lissa's feelings before her own.
There is still a lot of sexual chemistry between Rose and Dimitri, but because they are both going to be Lissa's guardian they can't be together. In this book they both make an effort to move on by seeing other people but they both decide that it is not fair on their new partners to use them when their hearts belong elsewhere. I really do hope that they find a way around this later on in the series as they love each other a lot.
We also meet Rose's Mum, Janine, for the first time in this book and there is a lot of tension between the two women. Janine left Rose to be brought up by others whilst she continued with her guardian career. Because of this Rose feels a lot of resentment towards her mother and they butt heads more than a few times.
I really enjoyed reading Vampire Academy, but I think I actually enjoyed Frostbite more. It was fast-paced and full of action and intrigue. There is a lot of focus on Rose and her relationships with other people such as Lissa, Dimitri, Janine, Mason, Christian and Mia. Most of these relationships are complex and this makes for interesting reading. The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the way that the book finished - there seemed to be a lot of loose ends that weren't tied up very well. However, I have enjoyed reading about Rose's life lessons throughout Vampire Academy and Frostbite and I can't wait to read the next book in the series; Shadow Kiss.
This is the second book in the Vampire Academy series . With it being a continuation of a series I will include some information about the first book, but I'll do my best to avoid major spoilers. I also need to explain a few terms from the book.
Lissa is a Moroi , which is a mortal vampire who was born to it .She can die just as easily as any human, and like all Moroi does not kill to feed, instead drinking from willing blood donors, for whom being fed from is a high . She is also from one of the several lines of Vampire royalty, and is the last of her line after her parents and brother died in a car crash .
Rose is a dhampir - half human half Moroi, and is as a result physically very strong, and is training as a guardian - someone assigned to protect Moroi vampires from the biggest threat to their world - the Strigoi .
Strigoi are evil vampires, corrupt and malevolent, and are immortal - they don't age, and can not be killed other than by staking . They are made, not born, either by being fed upon by another Strigoi, or by being a Moroi who willingly chooses to kill someone .
With Lissa no longer in any immediate danger, and now better able to control her spirits and abilities, it looks like Rose can relax a little - just what she needs with her exams coming up ! When Dimitri and Rose arrive at the examiners house however they find gory evidence of a recent battle against Strigoi , as well as evidence that the Strigoi now have human assistance . With the academy now on full danger alert, th decision is made to take all the students to a luxury Moroi ski lodge for their own protection - but this turns out not to be much of a holiday, as a sinister new Strigoi plot comes to light, putting everyone, Moroi and Dhampir, in grave danger .
I loved the first book, and went into this one with high expectations, which it easily lived up to . With characters already established, the plot heads right into the action in the first few pages, setting a gripping pace that lasts through the whole book . Naturally the book includes popular sub-plots such as love triangles and parent problems, but this takes a back seat to the action, whilst helping to aid our understanding of the characters and their behaviours.
Much like the first book, this books plot is filled with plenty of twists and turns, as well as a few funny moments and one particularly sad one . It's a thoroughly gripping read throughout, and unlike many teen books is light on the bad language and sexual content, although there is still a little.
4 stars from me - whilst this is a very interesting and enjoyable read, I felt I enjoyed the first book in the series more .
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