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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy book 2) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Group)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (327 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

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. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

Non-stop action, combined with vampire loving, harming, and redemption... Frostbite has it all.

This is the first Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy book I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. The characters in this story are compelling and grabbed my attention from the first page. The plot is complex yet easy to follow and it kept me on my toes.

There is a wry humor to the story as well. I loved Rose. She’s got man trouble, but like any other girl, she’s not sure what to do about it. She’s easy to relate to because we’ve all been in that situation when we want someone and the object of our affection wants someone else. And when she’s caught in her best friend’s mind when BF is making out with her boyfriend... it’s humorous. I loved how she grew through the story. She’s not the same innocent at the end as she was at the beginning and the shift made her stronger to me.

She gives her teacher and her heart a run for their collective money, showing herself she’s more than just a girl or a dhampir. She’s a positive role model and unique character in a world of stereotypes.

If you want a story that will captivate, entice, and draw out your deepest emotions, then you need to read Frostbite. I give this story 4.5 suns.

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