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

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. Only this time, Rose---and her heart---are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...

Going off of the title and summary, this book sounds a little weak.  The whole winter break thing seems really "kiddie."  Don't judge a book by its cover, though.  The second novel in the Vampire Academy series has quite the bite.  I know, I know.  Bad pun. I'm sorry but I just couldn't help myself.  :)

A couple of extra layers are added to the plot established in Vampire Academy.  We get more the of the forbidden love (our fave) between Rose and Dmitri, some new characters are introduced, including a certain parent whom I won't disclose, and we find out just how ruthless the evil Strigoi vampires are in Frostbite.  Rose grows up a lot in this book.  Of course, she has her dumb moments but the events at the end leave her forever changed. 

Kudos to Richelle Mead for her neat endings.  I loved the raven at the end of Vampire Academy and Dmitri's last line in Frostbite leaves readers wanting to start book three immediately.

Just One Gripe:
We've settled amongst ourselves how to pronounce Moroi (more-eye) but how do you say Strigoi?  Stri-go-ee?  Stri-go-eye?  We can't decide! 

The Best Thing About This Book:
Rose's fighting.  If we doubted her guardian ability before, we definitely don't now.

Appropriate for a younger audience:
If you don't mind your teen reading about underage drinking and killing.

Characters:  5/5
Plot:  4/5
Setting/Imagery:  5/5
Originality:  4/5
Ending:  5/5
Total Score:  23/25

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  1. this book i have to say i may just be my fav from the series really enjoyed this one :)

  2. I know, it was so good, huh? Have you read Spirit Bound? That Richelle Mead and her cliff-hanger endings!

  3. no!! i jsut bought it the other day!! i cant wait to start reading it :D

  4. It's funny with words like moroi & strigoi and the way everyone pronounces them differently. I say more-oy and strig-oy but I have no idea if that is correct lol. I've added your link to my review :o)


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