Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

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…

 

Rating: 3.5/5

I’ll be honest right from the start: I didn’t like the first book in this series. Actually, I disliked it so strongly that I was convinced that I didn’t like Richelle Mead (which, if you’ve seen much of what I’ve posted on this blog, you know that I apparently love Richelle Mead). But Vampire Academy was the first book of hers I’d ever read. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t think it was well-written, and there were enough things that I didn’t understand that it just couldn’t keep my interest.

After a multitude of people telling me that the first book in the series was definitely the worst, and after reading and loving several of Mead’s other books, I decided to give this series a second chance.

This book was definitely better than the first. I decided about halfway through that the primary reason I didn’t like this one was just that I didn’t care for the main character. I find Rose annoying and immature, and quite honestly pretty stupid.

But at least the writing was more up-to-snuff. As my mom commented, “It’s like [Mead] figured out how to do this writing thing.”

And by the end of the book, I realized that all of the things that bothered me about Rose were kind of the point of this book. Sure, it had a tangible plot that is clearly setting up for a significant macro plot, but the actual point of this book was Rose’s maturation from an annoying teenager to a Guardian. And once that became clear, I was fairly impressed. It was a bit heavy-handed and clunky for my tastes, and it involved an awful lot of time in the mind of a teenager who I would absolutely never have gotten along with in school, but we finally got there.

I’m feeling better about where the rest of the series is going, and I’ll definitely be approaching book 3 with much less skepticism than I did with this book.

Oh, and a quick note on titles: It took me a good 5 minutes after finishing this book to figure out why it had the title it did. When it finally registered (it really shouldn’t have taken that long), I was a bit confused by the decision. Titles should have more meaning than just how they relate to a portion of the setting. Just my thoughts on that. It’s why I hate coming up with titles.

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Posted on March 31, 2014, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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