Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Review: Frostbite by RIchelle Mead

My Rating: E, P, B

Published: 2008
Publisher: Razorbill

Author's Website: richellemead.com

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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 whilst she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladmir’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 holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winder 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 imagine...

Frostbite is the second instalment in the ‘Vampire Academy’ series by Richelle Mead. Teenage angst brewed with a heavy dose of lust and amazing fighting scenes makes for a great read.

Rose is still undergoing her training to become a Guardian, in particular Lissa’s guardian. To do all this she has to take extra training lessons as she missed so much when she and Lissa took a much needed two year holiday from St Vlad’s. Her extra lessons are to be taken with the gorgeous Dimitri and Guardian extraordinaire. The sexual tension keeps mounting between the two and looks like it’s very close to cracking. Out with the drama of St. Vlad’s, trouble is brewing in the form of the Strigoi. They have started to become more organised and are uniting to take out the Moroi royals. During all the commotion, some students get loose out in the world and try to take on the Strigoi themselves. This leads to Rose and Christian going on a rescue mission where they get much more than they bargained for. This mission will change them for life – if they come out alive.

I thought Frostbite was a great sequel to Vampire Academy. I am a bit put out that there weren’t more intimate and emotionally revealing scenes between Dimitri and Rose. There is a lot of emotion and tension between them that is yet to be unravelled and I am sure that Mead will be keeping it all locked up for following books in the series. I was really happy with this book overall and I couldn’t put it down. The fight scenes were amazing and it made me feel like I was there watching their every move. Mead has this way with words that make you connect with the characters in her novels. I felt so connected to them that I felt as if I was feeling exactly what they were feeling, I wanted to cry when they cried, scream when they screamed and to kill when they killed. Being able to engage readers with the characters is one of the reasons that Mead is such a superb writer.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book and it’s prequel to anyone interested in vampires. It has everything you want; power, magic, love, tension and amazing action scenes.

Disclaimer: I do not own this book, I was loaned it from the great Lynsey Newton, a fellow book blogger. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I love this series and I absolutely agree with you on Richelle Mead, she sucked me into this series from the first page and I found myself involved without even knowing how it happened. Rose and Dimitri kill me, I feel like a third wheel in their relationship because I care so much about both of them. So excited for Last Sacrifice! Really nice review, we have very similar feelings regarding this one:)