Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway’s got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian. (So not cool).
Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians–including the legendary Janine Hathaway…Rose’s formidable, long-absent mother. 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 provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose–and her heart–are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…1
Frostbite is the second novel in the Vampire Academy series. If you have not read my review on the Vampire Academy book review please do so first. In the first review I have explained the key elements of the novels. I will only update if there are new elements to the story.
Rose Hathaway is adjusting to life back at Vampire Academy. She is trying to protect her friend Lissa whose magic is fairly new and not much is known. While putting others first we experience different troubles effecting Rose such as the men in her life, her estranged mother, and her own abilities. She chooses to handle much of these things on her own while still protecting those around her. Lissa’s new relationship with Christian takes up most of her time and does not leave her available to Rose. However, if she were more available we wouldn’t have as much of a story.
These books are still very teen and can be frustrating at times. I’m still holding out for the other elements of the stories that make them entertaining and decent reads. My faith in the series was renewed after reading Frostbite when it was able to cause an emotional reaction from me. You will have to read three quarters of the book before things really pick up and you see what I’m talking about.
I’m trudging on through the Vampire Academy novels, next with Shadow Kiss. As I mentioned there are elements of the novels that make them worth reading and those that would deter you depending on your age. My opinion on the series has improved after reading Frostbite although it still ranks as average overall. Stay tuned as my adventures in tween vampires continues.
1. Book summary courtesy of a Richelle Mead webpage