WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye 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…
Receiving the 10th anniversary edition of Vampire Academy last week launched a reread of the entire series. I must say… it’s been way too long since I’ve read this series last and I have missed its characters SO MUCH.
I was a major Romitri shipper back in the day and my whole tumblr existed out of Romitri edits, VA posts and Rose obsessions.
Frostbite is the second book in the VA series. In this installment we get to follow Rose through her time at the academy but this time there’s a little more edge and a little less mean girls.
Instead of being in the middle of an intense lecture about the different kinds of vampires and the differences between royal and non-royal moroi, Frostbite focuses more on Rose’s training as a guardian and the dangers that come with the job.
Reading Frostbite felt so much easier compared to Vampire Academy since we get a lot more plot at this point. We no longer have the bitch-against-bitch matches that Lissa, Rose and Mia had going on in the first book. Instead we delve into the strigoi and the way moroi seem to handle the situation.
We learn that there’s not enough guardians for everyone and -like in the human world- people tend to get a little possessive about it.
There’s a huge political commotion on how to divide guardians amongst the moroi and whether the moroi should learn how to defend themselves by using defensive magic spells. And Tasha Ozera is one of the fighting advocates for the use of defensive magic. Her outstanding history and her unwillingness to back down makes her an oucast. Yet Dimitri seems drawn to her. Worst case scenario… she seems to like him back and promises him a future as a guardian to her and even a baby or two.
It’s an ongoing dilemma for Rose who is already swamped in drama such as being the center of an obnoxious moroi’s romantic delusions plus having to face her tough-love mother at the academy and facing the troubles that come with being a bondmate to Lissa.
In this book there’s also a lot more tension. Throughout the story I got the feel of an uprising tension that explodes right at the point where Mason has taken off. It’s like a rollercoaster… you have to go up first before you plummet to earth again. And that’s how this book felt like to me. There’s a lot of elements that give you reason to sit on the edge of your chair, bed, sofa or whatnot and wait impatiently for the end.
AND OMG THAT ENDING…!!!!
I guess it’s safe to say that everyone who finishes this book needs at least one tissue box. I know I used all of mine reading this and it wasn’t even the first time I read it.
My poor baby *cries*
I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars.
It’s truly one of my top favorites. I love the witty writing and the easy style of it all. Rose’s head is an amazing place to be. I love her to death ❤