Frost Bite by Richelle Mead

 When love and jealousy collide on the slopes winter break turns deadly…

R20522862ose 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..


Oh my, this series is seriously addictive – welcome to your new obsession everyone. You have been warned. It seems to me that ‘Vampire Academy’ is another one of those series in which the action and pacing get better and better with each installment. ‘Frostbite’ was such a ride and I loved everything about it; the familiar kick-ass characters, the jaw dropping action, the intense romance and the glamorous wintry setting. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, completely absorbed in Rose’s world and unable to tear myself away, not even for a moment. Prepare to devour this in one sitting or less because man is this one full of twists and turns.

‘Frostbite’ is like coming home to family after a long semester away or a holiday. We are reunited with our favorite characters who really make us feel that we are apart of something much bigger than just a YA book. With the first page we are plunged back into the familiar halls of St. Vladimir’s Academy attending classes and flirtatious training sessions with the smoldering, duster wearing Dimitri Belikov. We see the introduction of new characters and yet we don’t get a chance to feel comfortable as we fall back into Richelle Mead’s rich world. Right off the bat we are hit with plenty of action with a new Strigoi attack and this time they have help. With the Halls of St. Vladimir’s no longer safe the students are whisked away to a wintry resort and let me tell you – the action and suspense does not stop here. It would be too much to ask for a nice romantic winter break, I mean am I right or am I right? The new setting expands the world that Richelle has created, giving us access to vampire politics and royal assembles among ski competitions,  and an epic snow ball fight.

Rose is still the ass whopping, snarky novice we fell in love with but the events of ‘Vampire Academy’ have changed her. We see Rose really beginning to come into her own. She’s maturing and changing, growing wiser. Gone is the impulsive, insubordinate girl (okay maybe she’s still here) as Rose tries to become a better guardian and prove to Dimitri that she isn’t just a child. She is becoming a woman, a warrior in her own right. And yet she still has her moments – Rose is struggling with her feelings. Both she and Dimitri know they can’t act on the undeniable connection between them so she attempts to move on with Mason and all the while dealing with the fickle emotions and frustration of jealously; the green eyed monster. This is the great source of conflict, an inner, emotional conflict between duty and love which makes their scenes just that little more steamier and delicious.

On top of dealing with Strigoi attacks, her growing feelings for a man that can never be hers and tensions in her friendship groups Rose has even bigger issues at hand. ‘Frostbite’ introduces us to Janine Hathaway – Rose’s mother. Another great method for conflicts both the physical kind and emotional. This is the very woman who abandoned Rose to the care of the academy to pursue her career. Their relationship throughout the story is one of ‘Frostbite’s’ more compelling and interesting story lines. Their relationship isn’t ideal – there is tension between the two with a strained family bond. To say the least these are two characters who most definitely do not see eye to eye. However it’s through the events and the shocking climax in which they can finally begin to re-build their relationship. Besides the relationship between Rose and Dimitri the dynamic between Rose and Janine was one of my favorite.

Then what would a review be without discussing the men of Frostbite? Dimitri, Christian and Mason return and Dimitri is just as honorable and perfect as ever.  Rose has such a great dynamic with each and everyone of these irresistible boys. Some of the very best scenes are that between Rose and Christian or of course, Rose and Dimitri (soz mason 😦 ). Their banter never fails to make me bend over in stitches and any scene between my ship is sure to make you swoon whilst clutching the book to your chest. And then we have Adrian Ivashkov. Man can miss Mead really write a sexy male specimen. If you thought Dimitri could induce heart palpitations and breathlessness just watch out for Mr Ivashkov. I’m telling you if Dimirti hadn’t already have stolen my heart Adrian could have had me at hello. From the moment we are introduced to Adrian he is presented as a complex character and a great means for comedy. At first Adrian appears to be somewhat cocky, arrogant and even dangerous and yet you can still glimpse the layers underneath – the bravery and pain. This is a character I feel will play a big part in the events to come and I can’t wait to find out more about his magic and history.

Much like ‘Vampire Academy’, ‘Frostbite’ is another thoroughly addictive read. Be prepared to laugh at the hilariously witty banter, cry your eyes out at the shocking and gut wrenching ending (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and fall head over heels for these sexy boys. Much like ‘Vampire Academy’ or really anything Richelle Mead writes, ‘Frostbite’ will keep you on the edge of your seat. This truly is an amazing and one of a kind gem in a sea of vampire themed novels. Steamy, intriguing and action packed ‘Frostbite’ has something for everyone. 5 glittering snow flakes!

 

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