BONUS BOOK: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

“Do you know your birthday?” “Of course I do. Why are you asking me such stupid things? Did you lose my records?” Dr. Olendzki gave an exasperated sigh and walked off, taking the annoying light with her. “I think she’s fine.”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye set 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…”

Review: Frostbite was, like Vampire Academy, a fun and easy read, but I found that it wasn’t as good as the first book in the series, largely because the friendship between Rose and Lissa took a backseat to other less interesting relationships. This second installment was much more focused on the relationships that both girls had with the many men in their lives, and I felt it was a detriment overall. The one new character that I thought positively contributed to the novel was Rose’s mother; her complicated relationship with Rose created some interesting conflicts. Rose remains an interesting (but slightly self-obsessed) and humorous narrator, but I found myself getting frustrated with how long it took her to catch on to what was happening around her. All in all, I think that Mead set the scene well for future conflicts with the Strigoi through Frostbite. Her world-building is fairly successful, but I hope she improves and substantiates the relationships between her characters  in future Vampire Academy books. 





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