Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Paranormal Romance – Vampires
Publication Date: April 10th 2008
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 327
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Everyone has light around them, except for you. You have shadows.”

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.Rose has 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. Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and 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. – Excerpt by Goodreads

OMG, I am really starting to love this series. Is it cringe-worthy at times? Sure is. Is it teen-angst filled drama? Yep, guilty. Is it so much damn fun? HELL YEAH!

So this is the book where we get introduced to the infamous Adrian that I have heard so much of from VA fans. He certainly didn’t disappoint. He did leave me with one problem though! I don’t know if I’m team Adrian or Team Dimitri! TOO MANY HARD CHOICES!

Frostbitewas faster-paced than the first story and I appreciate that. Lots more action and much more intense. Rose was still a brat and I found myself wanting to slap her from time to time but I still really love the character deep down. I feel she grew up a tiny bit by the end of the book. Not great, huge leaps or anything. Just enough to give me a little faith that she might grow more in the books to come. I have mixed feelings on Lissa. Rose basically gives her life for that girl and Lissa seems to be fairly entitled about the whole thing. I don’t really think she completely appreciates what Rose does for her. She kind of dumped her at times for Christian. I understand that teens do that sort of thing all the times and humans are selfish. I guess that could all be argued but it still irked me. Christian is still a great character and it would take a lot for me to hate this guy. I really want more of his story to come out. I love that Christian is snarky and dark. I hope we get more development with his character than just being Lissa’s boyfriend and outcast at school.

I did shed a few tears for Mason. I know that Rose was devastated but it was hard not to be a little frustrated at her for how she treated him. He was actually a good guy, so obviously she didn’t want to be a part of that nonsense *eyeroll* It was cool to see her take down two Strigio and get her first marks for killing them. I love the idea of the markings, very cool. The more and more they go into the lore in this story, the more I become hooked.

Also, finally let’s talk about the relationship with Dimitri and Rose finally starting to budge. Yes, it’s a bit of a turtle pace but I guess they have to build up the excitement. I better see some something more between them next book though!

The storyline with her mother pretty good. I liked that her mom didn’t spend the whole time trying to make it up to her. It felt a little more authentic to the character and why she made the decisions she did with Rose. Overall, it was pretty well done.

I have never read Twilight so I can’t compare them but if you like vampires, teen drama and lots of action check this one out. I think things are going to get very badass in the next book!

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