51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Life is rough in high school--even for dhamphirs. Rose Hathaway is in her Senior year at St. Vladimir's. In six months, she'll be a full fledged guardian, protecting her lifelong best friend, Lissa, a Moroi Royal.
Rose is on her way to take her Qualifier. She's going to be tested by one of the guardian greats, Arthur Schoenberg. Since he cannot leave the Moroi royal house he is guarding, Rose and her teacher, Dimitri, are coming to them.
What they find instead is slaughter. All Moroi and Dhamphir members of the household are dead--apparently a plot by the Stigoi vampires and humans in conjunction.
St. Vladimir's reacts with alarm. The school won't be allowing the students to leave on Christmas break. Instead, a ski resort will host all the students together and attendance is mandatory.
Then--another Royal house is attacked and it becomes obvious the Stigoi are set to attack all the Moroi royalty and end the lines. While the Moroi are arguing defense, some of the factions are considering a more offensive approach--which, to this point, has been forbidden.
Did I mention that Rose is having man trouble? She's in love with Dimitri, her teacher, but she can have Mason, a fellow guardian-in-training.
And--since the guardians in training need even more defensive training, guess who's come to teach special classes? Janine Hathaway, Rose's mother, who'd given up raising her child for her career...
What impresses me most about "Frostbite" is Rose's character growth in one short novel. You really read how events shape Rose's thought processes and can see how this young heroine is being shaped for her future in service to the Moroi.
The intro to this book is one of the best I've ever read. In author parlance, it's a 'tell', but it's a great introduction to Rose's world and the three types of vampires inhabiting it.
"Frostbite" is the second book in Richelle Mead's 'Vampire Academy' series. It's written for young adults, but I promise you adult readers are going to enjoy every minute of the story. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2008
For the fourth time, Richelle Mead has shown just what a brilliant, talented writer she is. "Frostbite" is part 2 of an ongoing teen series that began with "Vampire Academy," and it is clearly the best so far.
"Vampire Academy" introduced us to our narrator--Rose--and about a dozen other important characters; namely her best friend, Lissa, and her mentor and love, Dimitri. Mead's new vampiric world was slowly revealed throughout the course of the story, outlining the importance of the academy, as well as the roles of Moroi (like Lissa), dhampir (Rose and Dimitri), and Strigoi. In the simplest of explanations: Moroi are akin to royalty who must be protected; dhampir are the guardians of the Moroi; Strigoi are vampires gone bad (yes, you read that right).
"Frostbite" is an astounding follow-up. The prologue has Rose re-introduce the basics of this developing series, as well as a couple key roles. It's a good refresher on the events of the previous novel, and brings long-awaiting readers back up to speed.
This time, Rose's life becomes even more exciting. For starters, Strigoi are attacking in coherent, organized groups, slaughtering royalty and their guardians with frightening ease. Then, Rose's previously-absent mother appears--unwantingly for Rose--at the academy while the Moroi in the northwest gather to strategize defense. As if that weren't enough, her feelings for Dimitri, while returned, are constantly being rejected and turned down, as they have a duty to protect Lissa, and the risk of emotion cannot get in the way of that.
But does it end there? Not for Rose. Her friend, Mason, begins to show interest in her just as an old friend of Dimitri's shows feelings for him, causing even more chaos in Rose's heart. And all the while, she's lacking the company she sorely misses from Lissa, AND she's unwittingly witnessing Lissa and her new boyfriend take their relationship to the next level!
It sounds like a lot of drama, and it is. But Mead narrates to us flawlessly in the voice of Rose, who is clearly growing up, albeit struggling. Older teenage girls and even young adult females are likely to find themselves empathizing with our heroine. Mead's style is fresh and exciting, making it hard to put down the book even for a moment. Some of the action gets a little hot and heavy, but Rose is 17, something parents should keep in mind when considering this for younger girls.
But for older teens, this series is exceedingly brilliant. Richelle Mead creates an exciting, brand new world of vampires with all the familiar modern notes of strong female leads, friendships, enemies, relationships, and drama. Interspersed is Rose's wit and sarcasm, often landing her in trouble with others, but keeping the spice of the story and holding the readers' mental palate.
"Frostbite," put simply, has surpassed its predecessor. I wish I could give it more stars, and I simply cannot recommend this series enough. It will be agonizing to wait 'til next fall for the sequel, "Shadow Kiss."
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
The Vampire Academy series is adored by many, many readers. I liked the first book, Vampire Academy, especially the end, and was intrigued enough to put Frostbite, the follow up, on my to be read list. It wasn't at the top of my list, but man, after reading it, it should have been.
Frostbite by Richelle Mead takes place soon after Vampire Academy. Rose still has strong feelings for Dimitri, her best friend, Lissa is still trying to figure out her newfound powers and her burgeoning relationship with Christian, and Mia, the mean girl, is still mean. That said, everything shifts in such a dramatic and moving way, that I was completely floored. I don't want to talk too much about the plot because there are so many wonderful moments that you just have to read it and experience it for yourself. Rose, to me, was more likeable, because she is growing up. She still has the daredevil, impetuous side, but she also is learning caution and restraint from Dimitri. Her other friend, Mason, (who I had a bit of a crush on), wants more. The evil Strigoi race is attacking the Moroi and their friends, and Rose will do anything to keep her friends safe.
My heart pounding in my chest probably the whole last 25% of the book. The rest of the book was absolutely wonderful as well. All the characters get more fleshed out. We get introduced to a new character, Adrian, who has many secrets of his own. Mia becomes incredibly three dimensional, which I loved, and she may be one of my new favorite characters. Rose and Lissa are coming into their own, and it really shows in this book. Rose's internal monologue showed the intense coming of age-- and how she grappled between her feelings of anger towards her mother and her admiration for her. And then in the end, how this life may be much less glamorous than she ever imagined.
I was incredibly impressed with this book, and I'll be sticking around to see more of these characters. Mead is talented, and deserves her many fans.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2008
From the first page of Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) I was hooked. By inventing a fresh, original take on vampires with a believable biology and a detailed world layout explained by more than simply "magic" I saw the start of a great series. By weaving in the beginnings of a forbidden romance and a intensely interesting conflict I knew that I'd devour the book within a day. And I did. I ordered Frostbite from three different places right away: Borders, amazon and the library. Then I paced around for a week and jumped whenever the phone rang. When I walked to the end of the driveway and found it sitting innocently in the mailbox I ripped it open right there - talk about papercuts, but I didn't feel them, because I was hyped up on adrenaline! - I actually sat down right on the lawn and read. Mmmm. Richelle can do a sequel! Quite possibly the best vampire inspired novel I have ever read.
Read it. Devour it. Love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
This book is #2 in the Vampire Academy series, and it really starts of with a bang. In this book, you actually get to meet Rose's mom (and you can absolutely see where the good looks and attitude come from) and the author paints a gorgeous picture of the scenery around the royal resort where the students are being kept safe over winter break. You might get the sense of a love triangle going on, but there is only one person that Rose has her heart set on. This book contains much more suspense, adventure, and action than the first book due to #1 setting up the background information for the rest of the series. You get to watch as Rose struggles with growing up and handling tough decisions for herself and others...but one thing doesn't change...and that's her love for her best friend, and royal Moroi, Lissa Dragomir. Lissa is the last of her blood line so it is even more vital than ever to protect her, especially after what happened in the last book.
By the end of this book I had tears running down my face uncontrollably. The way the author portrayed the characters lives and deaths, the reader can definitely feel a strong connection to them and affection for them. Even though the ending was sad, I absolutely could not wait to pick up the next one. If you look at my Goodreads page, you can see that I am blowing through this series with reckless abandon...because I just HAVE to know what happens next!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2010
I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the first one in the series, but I'm getting really frustrated with the lack of progress in Dimitri and Rose's forbidden romance. Instead, it seems to have taken a backseat to other plotlines, such as the turmoil between Rose and her mother and the political climate that Lissa is moving into. I find Rose's mother, Janine, intriguing in that she seems to be what Rose could become if Rose chooses duty over love. I sure wish that Janine would open up more since there seems to be a lot of great plot material there that was not exploited very much - Rose's black eye being a perfect example. The politics that Lissa is dealing with appear to be moving in the direction that I guessed might happen when I read the first book, which is an equalizing between the Moroi and Dhampir classes of their society, especially when it comes to dealing with the Strigoi.
Despite how Rose views Adrian, I actually rather like him. There is always something attractive about the flirty-jokester that entices women - afterall I don't know a woman who doesn't like to laugh. It's obvious that he really likes Rose and I find myself feeling sorry for him since Rose is definitely taken, even if not in the literal sense yet. Mason really ends up in the worst position, though, even if I don't include what happens to him in the end. Rose all but lies to him while he falls for her hard, all the while being the perfect gentlemen. In a way, Mason and Adrian are opposite in styles, and yet Rose is blind to both - not that I blame her, as she likes to say, "Dimitri is a badass." Why is it that female protagonists always seem to have hords of guys going after them? (Think - Twilight saga, Rachel Morgan series, Mercy Thompson series, House of Night series, etc.)
I wish that Rose's nazar could be explained a bit more, as there seems to be more to it than anyone is discussing. Adrian knows things that he is not spilling, and Janine sure is tight-lipped about most of her life, excluding what she does in the line of duty.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2009
Another one, just as good or even better than the first book! Ms Mead is creating a completely real world revolving around a teenager growing up, with the added bonus of involving a dark vampiric setting.
Rose is now ready to take her Qualifier, and to accompany her is her true love and mentor, Dimitri, but as they arrive at their destination they discover that issues are array. Come to find bodies of moroi and dhamphir gardians spread about.
They realize that humans are now helping the gruesome and lurid stigois. St Valdmir in panic, they recognize the safest approach is to take the students to a ski resort, where it is easily guarded. Christmas, Rose conceives, is definitely not what she had expected. She is entirely confused with her forbidden love with Dimitri, her attraction to Mason, her mother returning after years without contact whatsoever, Lissa straying away to spend more and more time with Christian, and trying to find ways to cope and comprehend with what an actual life of a guardian is after seeing it first hand the grave risks and responsibilities.
I find the characters so intriguing especially the growing up process with Rose. I sympathize with the way she always tries to be the one with the level head. She is so strong and is so hard on herself when she feels she could have done more or acted a differently in certain situations, but that's part of growing up. I can relate, as other will too, to the novels authentic grasp of maturing in life that is both real and reality. My languid heart aches for more!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2008
So, I'm completely sold. Mead has graduated into one of my favorite YA authors.
In the previous installment, "Vampire Academy", there were a lot of lose ends and questions. I was left intrigued enough to pick up book 2, and am incredibly happy to say, I wasn't left wanting.
Rose grew up in "Frostbite". We are introduced to a new cultivating male specimen by the name of Adrian; who is a whole lot of bad in a bottle. We grow up with Rose's character as she experiences the lack of glory of the kill, along with heartbreaking loss.
But of course, most importantly, it all comes back around to the forbidden love between Dimitri and Rose. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that while Mead will leave readers craving more; she simultaneously leaves us with enough to hold us until installment three.
While often, second books are unable to hold onto the hype preceded, Mead succeeded marvelously. The Vampire Academy Series has completely cemented my loyalty with "Frostbite".
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2008
I loved Vampire Academy - I thought it was well thought out, well written and had a unique twist on vampire mythology. I loved the romantic tension between Rose and Dimitri and was looking forward to seeing what happened between them, as well as learning more about Lissa's abilities.
Unfortunately, Frostbite just didn't deliver for me. I thought the plot-line was thin and simplistic compared to Vampire Academy. I missed all the various sub-plots that helped make Vampire Academy such a compelling story. This just seemed to be missing something, like it was part of the book but not the whole thing. We meet Adrian, who promises to be an intriguing character next time around, but find out very, very little about him in this book. Nothing new is revealed about Lissa's abilities - only a few details about what Adrian can do but nothing at all about her. And while I did enjoy learning more about Rose's relationship with her mother, even what is revealed there is minimal.
It was still an enjoyable read, which is why I gave it three stars, but I wasn't impressed with it the way I was with Vampire Academy. I still plan to read the next in the series when it comes out, but this one fell a little flat for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
I enjoyed Vampire Academy a lot. As the first book in the series, I thought it was excellent. So imagine my surprise/glee when I started Frostbite and I realized that they really do just keep on getting better.
Frostbite really gripped me from the first few pages. I loved the new characters that were introduced in this book, like Aiden and Christian's aunt, and I loved getting more of Mason and Christian. There's so many characters in this series and I can totally understand why it'd be difficult to make them all seem real, but Richelle Mead didn't let it stop her. She clearly didn't want any of her characters to be flat.
I also enjoyed reading the characters outside of St. Vladimir's. As much as I love boarding schools, I really liked being able to see even more of the awesome world Richelle Mead built. Even if it was just a ski lodge and a town a little outside of it, it was still cool to see how the moroi/strigoi/dhampirs functioned outside of St. Vladimir's.
And jeez, the main storyline was totally epic. The climax blew me away and I definitely cried. A lot. I won't get into any spoilers, but I just felt so bad for Rose and all she's been through, and she's just so brave and strong and awesome. Seriously - Rose is an amazing protagonist. She definitely has her flaws, but that's what makes her so real.
The further delving into the bond between Rose and Lissa, as well more explanation to why it existed was really neat. Richelle Mead really thought about what she wanted the bond to achieve and why it existed, and that was evident.
I also loved getting more of a backstory on Rose herself. Her mother played a role in this book and it was interesting to actually read her first hand, rather than reading Rose's vague reminiscences of what childhood she had.
And, ooh, Dimitri! I mean, I don't really have anything else to say about that, but I love all the bickering between him and Rose. It was cute. It was also very natural feeling. While I liked Aiden in this book (sort of), I wasn't really all that into him. He's way too cocky, but I'd have to see how he is in future books to really make up my mind.
Overall, Frostbite was fantastic. It exceeded the first in awesomeness. When I finished it, I knew I had to run out to the store and buy Shadow Kiss right away.