‘Frostbite’ is the second novel in the six-part ‘Vampire Academy’ series, following ‘Vampire Academy’. The following review may include spoilers from previous books in the series.
It’s almost Winter break. Rose should be feeling joyful and excited, but she’s anything but it. There’s been a Strigoi attack and the campus is on high alert. She’s madly in love with her tutor Dimitri, but he doesn’t seem to return her feelings: he’s got eyes for someone else. And there’s Mason, Rose’s friend, who’s fallen head over heels for her. The campus decides to send the students on a trip to an Idaho Ski Resort, but it’s anything but safe. How can Rose possibly even try to protect Lissa with all these distractions?
Frostbite was an enjoyable read. The plot was well constructed; although it wasn’t leaving me gasping for breath with every turn of the page, there were a fair few twists and turns and the plot was quite engrossing. Richelle’s writing was once again riddled with swear words, which I found unnecessary as they really didn’t add anything except repulsiveness. Her writing flowed well but wasn’t exceptionally stunning.
The characters were largely the same as ‘Vampire Academy’. I felt Rose, the dhampir guardian to Lissa, grew alot during this novel and was much more likeable than before. Lissa’s cracks have begun to appear, which I personally think make her all the more interesting.
Christian, Lissa’s boyfriend, appeared a lot more tough in the first novel. In this instalment, however, he seemed less tense, more patient, more soft as a character. I found him to be a lot less interesting a character in Frostbite due to this. Adrian, a mysterious character, appeared in this novel. Although I don’t necessarily like him, I found him to be unique and he brings some comedy to the book. I think he has potential to become a major character in the rest of the series. The other new character was Mason, Christian’s best friend, who has more of a main role in this novel. He’s an interesting guy, although Rose sees him as nothing special despite Mason’s unfailing love for her.
The society in which this book is set in was once again interesting and, this time, more exciting since there was actually some action. There are three types of vampires: dhampirs, Moroi and Strigoi. Dhampirs are born purely to protect the royal Vampires – Moroi. Strigoi are the bad guys; out to turn all the other vampires into soul-stealing vampires like themselves. It’s unique since the book doesn’t give off that typical ‘vampire’ vibe, while it still retains its vampire-ness.
Overall, Frostbite was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t a perfect book, but it had numerous strong points. I quite enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.