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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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


where I got my copy: Barnes and Noble
where else can you buy it: amazon, borders 

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...

This only the second book but I can already see how exciting the next books will be. Richelle Mead is a goddess. I am not even exaggerating. I have no complaints, the story is perfect. I totally got sucked in. I forgot that I love Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse. That is huge because Southern Vamps, is the one series that I cannot stop recommending to people. There's something about the world of the Moroi, and Dhampirs figthing the blood thirsty Strigoi that fascinates me at no end, their interaction is somehow realistic.  Love triangles, cliff hangers, mystery, politics, new intriguing and interesting characters, sexual tension, and drama, drama, drama. I had a hard time writing this review. I did three revisions. The problem was, I can't seem to shut up, I don't want to give away anything major. I think I finally got myself satisfied with this one, so here goes.

Book 1 ends with Victor and Natalie as the perpetrator. Book 2 posed so many complexity in Rose's life. First Dimitri accompanied her on a drove 5 hours for Rose's Qualifier's exam only to find out the guy that would be testing her was dead - massacred, together with his Moroi charge and family. There they found disturbing evidence that humans are possibly involve, she found a silver stake at the ground that clearly cut off the wards.
Second, her mother showed up and gave her a black eye when they were on sparring practice.
Third, her feelings towards Dimitri is still intact and no matter what distractions and mental pep talk she gives herself, she keep coming back to where she started.
Fourth, Lord Adrian - a new character that got some interesting and very suspicious powers.
Fifth, her non-existent feelings for Mason.
Sixth, the bond that she shared with Lissa.
But those are actually petty issues compared on what happened at the end. Another attacked three states away, made a former enemy now their ally. A tragedy caused by wrong judgement resulted in a tragedy that took a life of one of the few important people in her life. She did get her first two Molnija tattoo for decapitating two Strigoi but it wasn't as glamorous and she did not feel as proud as she imagined it to be.

That last part suck but it was brilliant. I got carried away and felt Rose's pain. Something big is coming up. Rose seems to be getting moody and her personality is becoming darker. What big surprises will I get in reading book 3? Only way to find out...

So I read this one book review and she totally hates the book. She hates Rose's defiance, recklessness, impulsivity and she think the characters are too self centered because they have boy problems. Wow! F you then. I was a teenager once and I think most people at that age had the same dilemma, so I have no idea why that concept bothered you. Where and when were born? Even my super conservative sisters expereinced that. Clearly you are boring.  You didn't even acknowledge the plot, you centered your review on that specific area. <--- ok that wasn't part of review I just got to let that out.

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Maria said...

Great Review! I love the vampire academy series, I can't wait for Spirit Bound to come out!

BookWhisperer said...

I am absolutely in love with this series. One of my all time favorites. Glad you liked it.

Caitlin said...

Just wait... the books get even better! This series is one of my all time favs as well.

PeaceLove&Pat said...

I am sooo excited. thanks guys.

natalierenae said...

I think my favorite one is Book 3, though the rest are great as well! So glad you liked it! P.S. Just grabbed your button to add to my lovely collection :)

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

Anna ♥ said...

That's great that the series keeps getting better! A lot of books have a hard time continuing strong after book one. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of this series, which is jumping higher up on my TBR list due to your praising reviews. :D

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