Book Review – ‘Frostbite’ (Vampire Academy Book 2) by Richelle Mead

Meet a sarcastic seductress with a silver stake…

Frostbite Book Review by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

No. of pages: 327

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… 

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I found myself wanting some more of that sassy attitude in this novel.

The action was definitely turned up a few notches, but also was the seriousness… I guess to help set up some of the landscape for further instalments in this series. But still, the biggest draw card for me attempting this second novel was Rose’s witty banter and bitchy one liners.

I didn’t get the LOL’s as I did from Vampire Academy. That is not to say it was completely amiss from Frostbite – there are definite shining moments and I found myself enjoying it more that the first.

The blurb for this book makes it sound like a love triangle, and completely downplays the build up of the Strigoi threat. I’m glad I hadn’t actually perused the Goodreads page otherwise I may have not picked it up. Going in blind, without any expectation Frostbite falls into my guilty pleasure category. It’s no literary masterpiece by thoroughly entertaining.

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Maybe because this the second book a serial I didn’t feel like there was enough to this novel story-wise. A great arc and wrapped up some topics, but definitely did not feel like a stand-alone, or something you could understand if you read out of order.

The tone felt a little more mature and developed. Giving me less opportunity to get pulled from the narrative with subsequent eye-rolling. I’m not a huge fan of vampire novels – I feel they are somewhat overdone, but the Vampire Academy series, with its snarky vocabulary and a mix of elemental magic kept me glued to the page.

A great quick escapist read to pleasure a cold winter’s night on the lounge (while cuddling up to your boyfriend or furbaby).

Overall reaction: I think I like it.

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