Sunday 14 March 2010

Frostbite (VA Book 2) by Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill, Penguin Aus
Pub. Date: April 10th 2008
Age Range: 12 and up
Pages: 327
Format: paperback
Source Of Copy: from the publisher - Penguin Aus

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 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...

The second installment in the bestselling series, Frostbite surely comes up to the expectations of the readers. Read and love Vampire Academy book 1? I guarantee that you'll love this one as well.

The book works great as an individual as much as one in a series. Even if you don't read book 1, it doesn't prevent you from understanding the whole story. In Frostbite the author briefly introduced every character as well as the happenings in the previous part with a very flowing voice. On the other hand, Frostbite alone is still a very exciting read. The fight between the good and the bad vampires is getting more and more intimate now with the participation of human. More deaths, more conflicts, more mysteries to solve. And of course, more romance too.

I love the atmosphere of the book. Dark, cold but still has something very heartwarming about it. In the mist of the horrible fight there's still place for love - love between mother and daughter, love of the couples; and great friendship. The pace of the book is also very balanced. Sometimes it's breathless, sometimes it's slow but the author never fails to capture readers' attention.

Rose Rose Rose. She's one of my all time favorite character. Her strength, determination, her recklessness and childishness, everything combines to create such a great girl. The well planned situations that she is put in helps her personality to shine. Her interaction with her mother and Dimitri is the best part of the book in my opinion. Speaking of Dimitri, I grow to like this guy even more. He's very calm but also rebellious in some ways. The character I miss the most after reading this book is Mason. I really wish the author had a better ending for him.

Love the first book of VA? Get this one RIGHT NOW!

Rating: 4/5


debbie said...

You still haven't lent me the first book. Give both to me now!!!

Sara said...

Great review! This series is soo awesome! I can't wait to read Spirit Bound :)