Frostbite – Review // A Flawed But Fun Sequel

Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Book 2 in the Vampire Academy series
Genre: YA urban fantasy, paranormal
Pages: 327
Format: paperback
Source: library
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This review is spoiler-free for this book and the first.

plot: 17 out of 20
characters: 18 out of 20
setting: 20 out of 20
relationships: 17 out of 20
twists: 17 out of 20
89 out of 100

FrostbiteΒ is hard to review. Much like Vampire Academy, it was amazing, but still flawed enough to be imperfect. Just know that I enjoyed it, and let’s dive in. πŸ˜‰

the plot

The story picks up not long after the first ends. There was a very helpful (and sassy) recap from Rose that refreshed my memory of prior events, and the beginning seemed interesting. Unfortunately, after a few chapters it became a bit flat for most of the middle chapters. It was entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but nothing really happened until the last 150 pages or so. 😐

the characters

Rose was the same sassy girl she was before, but not as rebellious. She was trying to think before she acted and I enjoyed reading about her progress. Because while she did improve in that aspect and (mostly) remember to prioritize Lissa’s safety, she was also sort of irritating when it came to guys. -.-

Other characters – they’re important but words fail me:

  • Lissa was kind of overlooked with everything else that happened, but I liked her. She was much more stable in this book, and that made her happier. πŸ™‚
  • Dimitiri was… a lot of things. He was still the cool and collected mentor Rose was crushing on, but he had a lot of other stuff happening as well. And when Rose was being immature (for lack of a better word), he didn’t hesitate to tell her so. I liked him, but there’s just something I can’t pinpoint about him. 😐 (Pretend that makes sense.)
  • Mason was sort of hot and cold in this book. Sometimes he was sweet and amusing, and others he was headstrong and irritating. 😐
  • Adrian was a new character, and much like everyone else that’s read this, I loved him. In my eyes, he was kind of like Noah Shaw – rich, arrogant, and always smirking. If you know me at all, you know I love Noah. So how could I not love Adrian? πŸ™‚

the setting

The setting in this book and the descriptions of it were probably my favorite thing. The start and very end take place at the Academy, with a bit of action elsewhere toward the end, but most of it is in a grand Moroi-run ski lodge. That place sounded absolutely gorgeous, and if it weren’t for the whole vampire thing I might try to score a winter vacation there. πŸ˜‰

the relationships

Rose and Lissa’s friendship kind of took the back burner, so to speak, in this book but I didn’t mind. They still had a handful of moments together, and it was clear that they were still just as close. πŸ™‚

I could call the romance in this book the most irritating and awkward love triangle, but that wouldn’t quite fit. The short, spoiler-free version is this: Rose and Dimitri can’t be together so Rose goes to Mason to use him as a distraction. That doesn’t give anything away; it’s on the back cover synopsis. Anyway, it was… unpleasant to read about. Honestly, I’m kind of at war with myself after finishing this. The bigger part of me says that Rose and Dimitri shouldn’t be together because of duties and the age difference, but a small part of me is saying they should just get together. I know it’s wrong, but my hopeless romantic self just doesn’t know what to think. ^_^

Rose’s mom Janine was also introduced in this book, and their interaction was also fun to experience. Evil vampires and mom problems? Rose is living the life. All joking aside, though, I did like seeing their relationship develop from clipped sarcasm to… well, that, but with a bit more understanding. I wouldn’t say there’s affection, at least not yet, but I think that’ll come later. πŸ˜‰

the twists

I think my main issue was that not a lot happened that shocked me. Some things occurred that I didn’t expect, but I wasn’t genuinely surprised by anything until roughly the last 50-75 pages. I think that was done on purpose, though, to hook you right at the end so you’ll be inclined to pick up the third book… and it worked! For me, at least. πŸ˜‰

overall

All in all, FrostbiteΒ had its flaws but was, for the most part, very enjoyable. I can’t wait to find out what the rest of the series holds, and I’ll be reading Shadow KissΒ as soon as possible! πŸ˜€

my rating: 4Β½ out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to start Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

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6 thoughts on “Frostbite – Review // A Flawed But Fun Sequel

  1. Adrian is one of my absolute favorite’s from the series so I’m glad you liked him! I really look forward to seeing what you think of the next one. PS your reading of the series makes me all nostalgic and now I want to reread, haha!

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    1. Haha! I honestly don’t think it’s possible for people to not like Adrian. He’s just one of those characters you love. XD And I got Shadow Kiss at the library today, so I’ll be reading that soon!

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  2. I totally understand your conflicted feelings about the romance, Olivia! I read this series so many years ago. (In fact, I think I was part of the group that started it right when Shadow Kiss was just released. Gosh, it feels so long, lol.) I’m not a huge fan of student/teacher relationships because of the age difference just feels… wrong. However, Mead does a brilliant job in convincing readers that Dimitri and Rose really belong together. Also, I think they have 7 year age difference? Which isn’t to bad, honestly. However, I hope you continue to find the next books entertaining. Shadow Kiss is my favorite for… reasons. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I agree! Mead is doing so well writing it that I can’t decide if it’s wrong or amazing! πŸ˜› I’ll be reading Shadow Kiss soon, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it just as much! πŸ˜‰

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