Friday, 16 May 2014

Book Review: Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead

Series: Vampire Academy #2
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: 10 March 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Birthday Gift / Purchased
Audio or Book: Paperback
Length: 327 pages

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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...

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Previous reviews:
Vampire Academy #1

Other series reviews:

My Review:
Wow what a book! I re-read this book in re-readathon hosted by Stephenie @ BookFever & Chistina @ Booksane. I definitely enjoyed this book the second time round and loved meeting all these amazing characters all over again. I noticed smaller details about the characters and the storyline that just made me love this book even more. 

This is a books about friendship, love and loyalty. 

Characters & Storyline: 4/5
I really enjoyed this book the second time round and could really appreciate the smaller details about each different character. You love the main characters and you hate the strigoi. The storyline is exciting and takes you through so many emotions. You laugh, cry, giggle and want to smack them when the characters are making stupid decisions. 

Rose - Rose has grown up a bit but still has so much to learn. I feel sorry for her while she sorts out her feelings for Dimitri while trying to live and be young but yet be responsible at the same time. I loved her little romance with Mason. you really go on a rollercoaster with this fiery character. 

Lissa - I love Lissa but really wish she would pay some attention to what is going on with Rose. she is sweet, funny and gentle. I feel so bad that Lissa is trying to find herself without her entire family and love the fact that she always does have Rose. 

Christian - Christian is his wonderful charming snarky self and I love him with Lissa. I really enjoyed his character is this book. 

Dimitri - Dimitri dimitri dimitri... always caught between a rock and a hard place. Emotions versus duty. I love how he handles Rose in his finer moments. Dimitri is hard not to love and totally go to mush about when he is being tender with Rose. 

Mason - Mason is just adorable. I feel sorry for him that he is over-shadowed by Dimitri. He deserves so much better. My heart aches for Mason on so many levels but you will have to read this book to find out why! 

Tasha - I wasn't so sure of her the first time round and I can't say that much more the second time round. She is fun, brave and a force to be reckoned with. I found it funny that she didn't pick up on Rose's jealousy. 

Adrian - I loved Adrian 20 times more this time round. He is my favourite character throughout all of Richelle's books. He is funny, smart and doesn't care for the rules. Not quite your bad boy, but he doesn't fit into the good boy category either. Did I mention I mention I love Adrian to pieces... 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
The plot of frostbite is good and the pace is great. Richelle has an easy writing style. Her characters need some development but lucky I do know there is lots to come. Chapter 22 had me crying! I don't think I cried the first time I read this chapter but I was so heartsore this time round. The ending is so sweet - That is all you are getting from me!

Cover talk: 4/5 
I liked the cover. The gates and that font just sell me every time. 

Final Thoughts: 
I love this series. It is a great YA PNR and it is definitely worth a read. I think this is one of those books that definitely get better every time you read them. 

My Rating:

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About the Author

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l website




  1. Haha lol! Me tooo!!! <3 Adrian He's my like 2nd favourite book boyfriend, asides from Will of course!

    I don't know why, I think this one was the best out of the entire series! It's probably because of Mason. *cries* SO MANY FEELS IN THIS ONE!

    Olivia @ Fictionally Obsessed

    1. Awesome!! i could appreciate Adrian so much more this time round :) Mason was a huge *feels* for me too. I remember it all clicking together for me from book 3 though. i am quite excited to re-read the rest of the story!!

  2. Oh I read book 1 a while ago and liked it in fact but I haven't read this one yet and I'm really curious! I hear so many great things about the series!

    1. Oooh I hope you do get to finish it sometime!! It is totally worth it :) Book 3 & 5 were the best for me.

  3. I feel so left out! I want to read this series so bad. Agh, time help me in this, please! This series intrigue me and best of all, it hasn't been spoiled to me so that's a huge yay. :D Thanks for the review Chanzie and for reminding me of what I'm missing *bumping up in to-read list*. ;)

    1. What??? You haven't read VA... or bloodlines.. *just teasing* I really hope you get to try this series out soon <3

  4. I love this series too. And Dimitri! <3

    1. Lol you can have Dimitri and I will take Adrian <3

  5. What a love triangle! I have seen this happen to people I know. Love can suck in these situation. Your review is nicely written.

    1. Thanks Michelle :) I think it can get really complicated in real life!!

  6. Yes!! Adrian is my favourite character from all the books too. I have actually read this series twice myself. I am glad you are enjoying it. I think it is just as good no matter how many times you read it... and Mason had my heart in a twist too... sigh..

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Yay!! Another Adrian fan - I love his so much more this time round. Oh yes Mason had my heart in a twist. I didn't cry the first time but I did this time round!!

  7. I'm still following Lissa and Rose rather than the whole Adrian and Dimitri thing, but I thought this book held up well against the original story, and book three is the best so far. I hope the series matures into something really awesome...the potential is there....I'm guessing books 4-6 are where it's all at. Great review as always Chene!

    1. You only really appreciate Adrian in the last 2 books and if you read the bloodlines novels! I can't wait to re-read the rest of the books soon :)

  8. I really, really love the sound of these characters. I can't wait to read this series.

    1. Yay!! I hope you enjoy it Jennifer :)


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