Friday, August 22, 2014

Frostbite - Richelle Mead (#2 - Vampire Academy)

"There's nothing worse than waiting and not knowing what'll happen to you. Your own imagination can be crueler than any captor."


Title: Frostbite
Author: Richelle Mead
Genres: Young adult, fantasy
Rate: ☆☆☆☆
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 hand-to-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...

(Vampire Academy the movie kinda sucked, but as a fan of the book, I liked it.)
After a Strigoi attack on a royal family, everyone is on their toes. People like Tasha Ozera want to use magic as an offensive weapon and want to fight side by side with Dhampirs against the Strigoi. But, the other royals, the ones that think they are ultimately more superior want to hold on to their traditional rules... How long will that last?

Rose is growing up! I was kind of upset as I thought there'd be no more of the wild and impulsive Rose, but that is not the case! She is still an indomitable spirit, still reckless, still unpredictable, but still loyal and passionately protectively over the ones she cares about. Her fierceness would put Tyra Banks' to shame. 

Lissa and Christian are as strong as ever, and then some. I love that Lissa doesn't care that most people dislike Christian even though she is one of the most popular royal. Lissa is now also using her spirit magic when she finds another person who has spirit magic as well. This other person is a guy, and Christian becomes crazily jealous of how much time they are spending together.

And then...
We are introduced to infamous Adrian Ivashkov...mmm...
This is actually one of the love triangles that I am all in for! Even though I know she'll probably end up with Dimitri, I realllylylylylyly ship Rose and Adrian. Despite Adrian's trouble making, hard partying reputation, Rose is drawn to him; he has a magnetic pull. He is charismatic and a fun, really fun character to read about! 

Dimitri will always have a place in Rose's heart, but he's so responsible and rational up to a point where I just want to strangle him and tell him to do whatever the hell he wants, ie. Roza. The tension between them is surreal, but undoubtedly the hottest tension ever.

Then...there is Mason. As joking, as flirty and as reckless as Rose, Mason is exactly like Rose, and he has feelings for her. When she hurts him, he does something stupid that could put Rose's and his friends' lives in danger.

I know that was really long^ but I am utterly in love with this book series and I am still slapping myself for not picking this up earlier. I only gave this a 4/5 because of how much Rose holds back from Lissa because after all, she knows everything and more about Lissa but not the other way round and as a best friend, I thought she should've opened up to Lissa more.

-C E L I N E