Review: Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
Well, I can’t say that a single book was enough Dimitri for me. I needed more of this wonderful series and stat, and Frostbite did not leave me wanting. *Take note that if you have not read the first book, this review will be slightly spoiler-ish.


Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: March 10, 2008
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon
Synopsis:
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... (Goodreads)
3 things you need to know about this book:

1. There’s some major rehashing in this book.
I’m not going to lie, I get kind of annoyed at the authors who rehash a little of what happened in the previous book. I mean a little is okay, but don’t keep rehashing and reminding —that’s the reader’s job. For about the first 35% of the book, Rose was always rehashing and reminding the reader of what happened in the previous book. That’s the only negative comment I have about this book, but be aware that every single book in the series has this.

2. Mother-daughter relationships are always rocky terrain.
This was one relationship I love that Mead wrote in! Most YA lit completely ex the parents, and this is one of the very few that incorporate them. I wanted to know more about Rose’s mother in the first book, and boy did I get a good view in the second. It made Rose’s character more three-dimensional and believable. Practically all teenagers have a problem with their parents —it’s part of growing up, and Mead does an exceptional job showing the issues in their relationship and eventually how it progresses throughout the novel. As an adult, I appreciate how she approached the topic and how she executed it as well. She presented both sides with flaws, and that is what is important to remember when dealing with parents or others in authority.

3. Rose is your normal teenager.
Rose is one of the most rewarding reasons for reading this series. She’s sharp witted and extremely quick. Along with that, she is also a normal teenager who acts irrationally and tries to hurt people after having been hurt by them. She’s jealous and ruled by her emotions more often then not, but in the same instance, she still keeps this level-headedness when it comes to her duty as a dhampir and Lissa.  It’s believable. And even further, I love the development of her love for both Dimitri and Mason. Though I think that she had two different loves —one for each of them —Mead tackles the subject well in showing that you can have different loves for different people but still call it love.

Final Thoughts:
This book was even better than the last, believe it or not, and I only see this series getting better as it progresses. I can even tell that her writing becomes better in this book and even better in the third book. Mead grows as a writer, and so do her characters, and so do you. Seriously, take this book off the shelves! It’s a wonderful addition to anyone’s library!

I gave this book 4 stars on my Goodreads.

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