Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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...

MY TAKE:
After reading the first book, I was eager to read this one.

In Frostbite, a Strigoi attack has everyone in the vampire world on edge. In an effort to keep everyone safe, the Academy arranges for a ski trip that will allow families and students to meet in a safe environment. However, things are complicated when another Strigoi attack occurs, and some of her friends decide to go on the offensive.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It's a lot more action-packed than the first one. There's a lot more romance and love triangles in this one too. Plus, there's the appearance of Rose's mom, whom she has a complicated relationship with.

Rose's interactions with her mother were both painful to read about at first, because they were both combative. However, by the end, when they've mostly patched things up, it actually became heartwarming.

The action in the book was pretty intense, particularly the final battle scene between Rose and the Strigoi. Her breakdown after that was a little dramatic, but I loved it because it was absolutely perfect and opened the perfect opportunity for Dimitri to show he cared about her.

The love triangles here between Mason, Rose and Dimitri, and Dimitri, Tasha and Rose, seemed a little excessive at first, but by the end of the novel I understood why it was necessary. I'm definitely excited to see what comes next.

THE GOOD:

  1. Rose battling the Strigoi was awesome.
  2. It was interesting to see how Rose interacted with her mother.
  3. There's more romantic scenes between Rose and Dimitri. 

THE BAD:

  1. Another possible love interest is added into the mix. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
“Stay back,"I warned. "Stay away from him." They kept coming. "Stay back!" I yelled. They stopped. Except for one. "Rose," came a soft voice. "Drop the sword." My hands shook. I swallowed. "Get away from us." "Rose." The voice spoke again, a voice that my soul would have known anywhere. Hesitantly, I let myself finally become aware of my surroundings, let the details sink in. I let my eyes focus on the features of the man standing there. Dimitri's brown eyes, gentle and firm, looking down on me. "It's okay," he said. "Everything's going to be okay. You can let go of the sword." My hands shook even harder as I fought to hold on to the hilt. "I can't." The words hurt coming out. "I can't leave him alone. I have to protect him." " you have," said Dimitri. The sword fell out of my hands, landing with a clatter on the wooden floor. I followed, collapsing on all fours, anything to cry but unable to. Dimitri's arms wrapped around me as he helped me up. Voices swarmed around us, and one by one, I recognized people I knew and trusted.
READ IT IF:

  1. You liked the first book.
  2. You like action-packed books.
  3. You like love triangles wherein the other love interest isn't a serious contender.

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