Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Book Review: Frostbite - Richelle Mead

Title: Frostbite - Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin
Series: Vampire Academy #2 (1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Service: Own
Release Date: 11/2013
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback

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A massive vampire attack has put St. Vladimir's Academy on high alert. With the deadly creatures closing in, this year's trip to the wintery peaks of Idaho has just become mandatory.

But Rose Hathaway can't escape her (guy) troubles. Her relationship with gorgeous tutor Dimitri can never be and her closest friend has just confessed to his huge crush on her...

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Frostbite is the second book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I read the first book a little while ago and finally decided that I would carry on with the rest of the books. I am glad I did as I think this book was much better than the first.

The thing I am most grateful for in this book is some character development. I struggled with Vampire Academy simply because I found it difficult to enjoy reading from Rose's point of view. I found her too arrogant and couldn't gel with her. Although she continues to have this air of self importance about her in this book it is refreshing to see Dimitri and, her mother, Janine, knock her down a peg or too. The real change came towards the end of the book where I feel she grows up somewhat after the incident she had to go through.

The addition of Adrian Ivashkov gives us someone to either love or hate. I loved what I have seen of his character so far and am intrigued to see what else can be done with him throughout the series.

As far as the plot is concerned I felt Frostbite was fast paced and much more action packed. We learn more about the Strigoi and the royal families which I think was a nice touch. The decadent resorts and Watching Lissa interact with royalty and nobility showed a different side to her character and it was nice to see her being independent of Rose.

There is a unexpected event that happens towards the end of the book that shocked me and if Mead continues to pull plot twists like this throughout the rest of her books I genuinely am looking forward to carrying on with the series.

Memorable Quote

We can't stop living because other people are dead.