Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razor Bill 2008
Genre: YA Vampires
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Vampires; Support Your Local Library; A to Z -- F
How I Got It: Library Loan
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…
I still really like Rose and Christian is amazing. But I am getting more and more ambivalent towards Lissa. She's just a wet blanket of a character. Thankfully this volume focused more on Rose and her relationships with others (Dimitri, her mother!, Tasha, Christian, and Mason). I loved seeing her interact with those other people. I even loved the inclusion of Mia to that list. She was an absolute bitch in the first book, but now we see where she's coming from. I think she's a great counterpart to Rose. And Adrian was an interesting addition. To me this series is really about the characters. The supernatural elements some second. And I love that! Even Rose's occasional immature behavior is okay. She's growing like real people should. I don't expect her to be perfect; her flaws are what make her interesting. This is one young adult series that has me hooked. And all those comparisons to Twilight are just ugh! It's not the same at all. I can't wait to see what happens next...