Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Release date: April 10th, 2008
Series: Yes, #2 in the Vampire Academy series
Length: 327 pages
Rating: Man, I'm loving this book so much! Rose is so bad ass, and Dimitri is hot, and oooh hello Adrian, and I'm laugh---!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PAAAAAAAAIN!!!!!
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 review of book one, Vampire Academy
WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THIS SERIES WOULD RUIN MY LIFE?
|DAMN YOU BOOK DAMN YOU|
Basically? I'm an idiot, and this series rocks.
The reason I am fast becoming obsessed with the Vampire Academy books can be summed up in two words: Rose Hathaway. I love this girl. Totally, unabashedly, and truly. I love her "punch first, ask questions later" attitude and the massive amounts of trouble this causes her. She is so flawed, so real, so kick ass, so snarky and confident and troubled and rash and dear vampire gods, she is the best. So truly the best. Her struggle in this book is all about control-- control over her feelings for her sexy guardian teacher, Dimitri, control over her rash impulses, control over her snarky rebelliousness, and control over the strange dark urges that threaten to overwhelm her sometimes. Rose's journey is a thing of beauty, and I know it's only the second book, so there's tons more to come. But Frostbite had such a heartbreaking and contained character arc. Rose learns important lessons, but with devastating consequences.
In this installment, the Strigoi (aka the bad zombie vampires) are getting more organized and are slaughtering Moroi (the elite vampires who are really kind of lazy brats, let's be real). Rose and the rest of the dhampir (kick ass half-human half-vamp race devoted to protecting those lazy ass Moroi) need to figure out how to, you know, keep everyone from getting slaughtered. Rose and Lissa (her Moroi bff to whom she is both magically bound and totally devoted to) don't spend too much time together in this book, sadly, but their bond (both magical and non-) is still the underlying thread of the series. Throw in a ski trip, some hot-headed action-seeking dhampir, three hot boys, and Moroi politics about maybe POSSIBLY getting those lazy Moroi off their victimized magical asses, and we've got a mess of a situation.
Hipster Snob Gillian totally underestimated this series. To be honest, the sentence-level prose is pretty weak at times, but the dialogue is fang-tastic (I am hilarious). The characters feel unique and distinct, and what's more, they're bloody funny (just like me haha see what I did there I am the best). I have such enormous amounts of love for Christian (seriously, can Rose and Christian team up and do all the things and just snipe at each other? Best odd couple ever). I also love Lissa and Mason and God, even Mia, who is a queen bitch most of the time but is fabulously humanized (...Moroi-ized?) in this installment.
Then there's Rose's beyond strained relationship with her aloof guardian mother, and even that made me cry. BECAUSE YEAH. THIS BOOK? With the funny quippy vampires, and the hot boys (ADRIAN FUCKING IVASHKOV, OKAY? There will be a
|The only sane reaction to the words "Adrian Ivashkov"|
Yeah, okay, Taylor, enough Adrian-relate hip thrusts. The point is, this book hurts. HURTS. I did not know Mead was brave and evil and wonderful enough to take this book to the dark places it needed to go. I full on screeched at the ending. I cried. I CRIED. THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY. FUCK YOU, FROSTSHITE. I WAS NOT READY FOR THAT.
God, these books are addictive. I didn't mean to read this! I picked it up and then all of a sudden I was 112 pages in and then Adrian "King of my Heart" Ivashkov showed up and like hell I was going to stop. And then the ending is SUPER INTENSE and Rose is my ultimate hero in life and ugh. Fine. Just what I needed. ANOTHER SERIES TO RUIN MY LIFE. Damn you, series.
Okay, so let's talk about Adrian Ivashkov. Let's just talk about this divine morsel of Moroi magnificence, shall we? Seriously. Seriously. The moment he showed up and started tring to charm the (literal) pants off our stalwart heroine, my face just
I actually do love Rose's chemistry with Dimitri (there is a scene up against a wall that made me keen like a humpback whale, I swear), but Adrian leapt off the page. He is so charming and funny and hot. I love Mead's characters so much, and Adrian is my second favorite of hers after Rose, who is turning out to be one of my top ever heroines.
In Vampire Academy, I had a few quibbles with the premise, but they were pretty much totally shored up in Frostbite. And while the plot is a bit simplistic and the worldbuilding still a wee bit under devoloped, it is developing, and I know more is coming. And besides, what the plot builds to? And what Rose's personal plot and journey are? Hot damn. I love this book soooo much more than Vampire Academy, and I really enjoyed VA. But this book made me cry. GOD DAMN EVIL FANGTASTIC BLOODY BOOK. Silver stake me right through the damn heart.
|I CAN'T SHAKE THAT ENDING OFF DON'T ASK ME TO|
*eyes Shadow Kiss* No. I shouldn't I can't. Seriously, Taylor, stop wriggling like that. It's not going to happen.
|Can't stop won't stop reeeeeeading, it's like my heart is bleeeeeding|
NO, TAYLOR. I'm stopping. I'm stopping. I have a TBR. And a life. I can't just sit inside eating chocolate and crying over fictional vampires. I CAN'T.