Saturday, February 27, 2010

Richelle Mead's Book Review: Frostbite – The Vampire Academy Series Continues

Today I'm reviewing Book 2 in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Frostbite.

In Frostbite, life continues on at St. Vladimir’s. Rose continues her crush with Dimitri, while Mason, her friend and fellow schoolboy chases her aimlessly. It’s winter time and the Strigoi are mounting attacks on neighboring Moroi/Dhampir locations. The school ramps up security and decides to confine winter break to a secluded Idaho resort. Rose, Lissa and Lissa’s boyfriend, Christian, are among the several students, faculty, Morori and Dhampirs in attendance. But for Rose, an official guest visits her school then the resort, causing her much angst. This person is one she despises the most…her mother, Janine Hathaway.

Life among the dhampirs is strange. For the half breeds (part vampire and part human), dhampir women have really two life alternatives. Becoming a blood whore and succumbing to the thrill of a vampire bite which gives dhampirs a euphoria feeling that often leads to sex.  Or...becoming a Moroi guardian: one that’s trained to protect and guard the Moroi against the Strigoi. Despite becoming pregnant with Rose at an early age, Janine Hathaway left Rose under the care of St. Vladimir's and ultimately chose a guardian’s life.  Her choice left Rose feeling abandoned by her mother, causing much strife when Janine enters the story.

During the winter break, the Strigoi threat is imminent and a few foolish Moroi and Dhamphir students, like Mason, make a reckless attempt, hunting Strigoi. Rose discovers the preemptive attack and sets out to find her runaway friends.

The ending of this book was so riveting that I've reread it several times since. Richelle nailed it with the suspense so much so that I was devastated when she killed off a beloved character. But…it just had to be. I understand…I swear I do *sniffle*. The Strigoi are a powerful and menacing force. Book one described their propensity for evil, but this book made you feel it.

What I love most about Frostbite was seeing Rose grow as a person. Her immaturity in Book one was natural; a typical YA female strong-willed teenager. But in this book, you could see Rose start to blossom and it was captivating, beautiful, realistic and mesmerizing.

On the Mina Burrows KilloMeter, Richelle Mead RIP’d it – 5 RIPs. If you’ve not had a chance to read this book or the series for that matter, I have one word for you…RUN to your book store and get it today!

Next week I’ll review Book 3 in The Vampire Academy series, Shadow Kiss

Happy days to you.  And remember….keep reading!!


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