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Book Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead’s second Vampire Academy book, Frostbite, had a kick to it…but what it really needed was a punch.

Book Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

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Title & Author: Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2) by Richelle Mead

Genre: YA Fantasy – Vampires

Release Date: April 10, 2008

Series: Vampire Academy #2

Publisher: Razorbill

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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…”

Vamps Redeux: Part 2

After reading Vampire Academy, I bought the next book, Frostbite straightaway. I HAD to know what was going to happen to Rose, Lissa and Dimitri. All the drama was going down.

Frostbite picks up right where the first book left off. Right away, there’s a ton of action – Strigoi (bad, undead vamps) are on the attack, and Rose wants to throw herself into the mix as usual. Although the immediate action is interesting, the middle part of the book lets things drag. Things are happening but without results.

I think this book definitely suffered from sequel syndrome and it did not intrigue and excite me like Vampire Academy did. I was annoyed that there was a ridiculous amount of back and forth between Rose and Dimitri – which I expected – but that’s the price of forbidden romances in books….they’re forbidden. They constant struggle of should we, shouldn’t we tried my patience.

I DID, however, love the addition of some new characters – like Janine, Rose’s absent mother, and Adrian, a dark Moroi vamp with secrets. I also really enjoyed Rose’s growth as a character. She’s constantly on the prowl for hot guys, BUT she balances that with learning responsibility and restraint. Which is like leaps and bounds for her.

A couple other things happen toward the end of Frostbite that I felt were super cop-outs, but I see why they happened and how that could shape future books.

My biggest problem right now with the series is not knowing where it’s going. For a series with 6 books, I’m not sure what arc I’m following. With Harry Potter, I knew there would eventually be a showdown with Voldemort, plus the story follows Harry’s 7-year school term. It made sense, and I knew what to expect.

With the Vampire Academy, I’m not sure what each new book will hold? Will it be a semester, a few weeks, a year? Will it span after Rose and Lissa’s graduation? I just can’t see where it’s going and that uncertainty makes me cautious in investing my time and energy into the series.


This first Vampire Academy sequel left me slightly underwhelmed. The fresh excitement and newness of the first book was washed away, and nothing too unexpected or surprising was revealed. I wanted more from Frostbite, but am willing to give the third book Shadow Kiss a try before deciding on whether to continue the series or call it quits.

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  • Lisa Schensted

    Oh friend. I wish I had better advice for you but while I realllly liked Frostbite, I’m discovering a trend with the VA books and my feels for them.

    Namely, we start off fine and then I get mehhhh near the middle. Ultimately I go back to finish the book just to say I finished it (and I bought them so I’m making myself read them!) but I’m just not FEELING it like other people seem to.

    I’m interested to see what you think about book 3! I’m currently 1/2 way through that one and it’s waiting for me to pick it back up and finish. 🙂

    • Well, it’s comforting coming from you. I’m not alone!! I think the third book will make it break it for me. I’ll either keep going or completely give up after this. We can be the difficult fans together 🙂

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