Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review: "Frostbite" by Richelle Mead

From Goodreads:  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…

My Thoughts:  Gah!  These books are addicting.  I was planning on waiting until the New Year to go further in the series but now I have the third book waiting for me to pick up from the library.  There was a lot more Rose in this book and less focus on Lissa and Rose's character becomes more developed throughout the story.  I like her a lot more after this book and more is revealed about her 'bond' with Lissa.  We also got to meet Rose's mother and Adrian Ivashkov, a royal Moroi, who latches on to Rose.  I disliked both characters when they were first introduced but grew to like them as the story progressed.  The ending was extremely surprising; some awful things happen that I never expected and as a result of some of these occurrences, I started to kind of like Mia (just a little).  The plot of this book was not super fast paced but it wasn't boring either and I felt like there was more focus on small aspects of the plot until I got to the end.  The last 50 pages flew by!  Overall, this was a fun book with great characters and  I can't wait to read the next in the series. 4 stars.

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