Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead

I really can’t with this book. A lot happens and it’s kind of hard to process all the feels but I’ll try. Be aware, there may be SPOILERS. It’s bound to happen when I’m talking anything Vampire Academy.

Description

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…

 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has 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 while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

 

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and 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 imagined… (Via GoodReads)

Review

Wow, okay…seriously. What doesn’t happen in this book?

Several love triangles occur, Rose’s mom is involved, a few Strigoi attacks, a kidnapping, and the killing of two Strigoi. Like I said, a lot happens. All this in a span of 327 pages. Along with all this, we are introduced to several new character, i.e. many fan favorites like: Janine Hathaway, Adrian Ivashkov; and fan not-so-favorites like: Tasha Ozera. But let’s get into what we really care about: THE DRAMA.

Rason happens, but then Mia gets all up in there, along with Rose’s feelings for Dimitri, and ends up ruining that ship. Guess that was bound to happen after all of their drama in the first novel, Vampire Academy, which I happen to have reviewed as well. While there is still Mia drama going on, we kind of start to feel bad for Mia, after what happened to her mom. I say kind of because while she’s hurting, emotionally, she’s also messing with other people, i.e. Rose, Mason, Adrian.

Speaking of which, this is the book we get to meet Adrian Ivashkov. A Moroi with a lot of association with bad news. We find out that his partying habits have something to do with his powers. If you’ve read the series, you know what I’m talking about. And it’s ironic that Janine thinks that Adrian is going to be Rose’s downfall. He is the one with a crush on Rose, so really Janine – and Dimitri – have nothing to worry about. Stinking Mia who’s causing trouble between Rason because of Adrian.

Speaking of Janine, I wasn’t a huge fan of hers when she is first introduced and other moments that follow, mostly because of how Rose described her and how she behaved, but by the end, there was a change of heart in both Rose and myself. P.S. I didn’t think Janine was as bad as Rose made her out to be, but I still wasn’t her number one fan.

In case you haven’t read my Vampire Academy review, you should probably know that I ship Romitri, A.K.A Rose & Dimitri. So now that you are aware, you can understand my dislike for Tasha Ozera, Christian’s crazy aunt. She’s a part of one of the aforementioned love triangles. Or in the Romitri case, a love pentagon. Told you there was drama.

Fortunately, Dimitri and Rose both accept that they’re more than attracted to each other and are going to try to make their relationship work. But the cost was too high :'(.

And the plot thickens when Rason breaks up, causing Mason to do something idiotic. This leads to Rose doing something equally as crazy and the group ends up getting kidnapped. For how long, I can’t say for sure, but it’s because of Rose’s quick thinking in the end that most of that group escaped. I can’t talk about it or I will start bawling my eyes out.

While this book had a bittersweet ending, it is still one of my favorites. If you do decide you want to read this novel, you might want to read the series in order because some of the conflicts in one book appear in two or three books later. I highly recommend this series and this book. While some people enjoy reading series out of order, if you read this one before Vampire Academy, you won’t be completely lost, you just won’t know much of the backstories. Other than that I hope you enjoy it almost as much as I did, if not more.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is seriously one of my absolute favorite book series of all time. And as you can tell, I read ALOT of series. Let’s get to why this book is amazing.

Description

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . . 

 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

 

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. (Via GoodReads)

Review

Okay so maybe vampire aren’t all that popular anymore. I get it, we have been obsessed with vampires since the start of Twilight. But this is one of those series that will make you like the genre a bit better.

 

As you can tell, the story focuses on Rose Hathaway. And let me tell you, she is a BOSS. She’s hilarious! There are so many funny moments I don’t even know where to start.

 

And not only is she hilarious, her willingness to do what it takes to make sure her best friend is happy and safe is something to be admired. And let’s get talking about the serious eye candy in this series. Dimitri: I think he is six feet tall, has longish hair and is Russian. What else can a girl ask for? Seriously he’s my favorite character in this book, other than Rose. And my gosh, the way those two act when around each other… Well you’ll just have to read to find out won’t you ;). And if it wasn’t obvious, I totally and completely ship Dimitri and Rose, A.K.A. Romitri. Christian Ozera, Lissa Dragomir, Mia, Mason, and a few others, yep I’m talking about Jesse and the rest of the Brat Pack, are very involved in this story since it’s mostly about friendship.

 

The one thing that really threw me off was who the bad guy turned out to be. I so wasn’t expecting it, the first time I read it… but the betrayal is so huge I can’t even get into it.

But my gosh there was so much drama in this book. It’s like being in high school all over again, except without all the royals and power plays and magic. It’s a vampire story, it’s to be expected that they are different from other vamp stories out there.

 

Richelle has a really great writing style and it’s easy to follow. All in all, I enjoyed the wit and the plot twists, there’s always more than one. And I look forward to seeing the characters grow and mature and the rest of their adventures. I really hope you consider reading this series because it is absolutely my favorite.

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