Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know I love the complicated, kind of alpha bad boys (Terrible, Rhys, Prince Ash, Mal). So, it’s a little surprising that the first time I read Frostbite, I found Adrian’s cocky, entitled attitude less than appealing. Oh, and calling Rose ‘little dhampir’? I thought it was patronizing. This time though, I loved him from the get-go. The edges of my mouth quirk up just typing his pet name for Rose. Knowing the characters better makes it so much easier to understand his actions.
Frostbite finds Rose, Dimitri, Lissa and the rest of the St. Vladimir’s group heading to a Moroi ski resort for the holidays. Not just a few people, but the entire school goes there as a safe place as Strigoi attacks are emerging in new ways, and not far from campus. The majority of the novel is character development — specifically, Rose beginning to grow up. There are hints at what’s to come in Shadow Kiss, but Frostbite doesn’t have near the foreshadowing as the series opener did.
I’m going to do something different with this review. Instead of explaining the novel’s strengths and weaknesses, I’m going to let a few of the bloggers participating in the Vampire Academy reading challenge do it. (I’ll include excerpts with the upcoming Shadow Kiss review, too, so join in the fun on the challenge post.)
In summary, Frostbite was a thoughtfully played out exploration of Rose … as a character and a deeper plunge into the world of these people. It was like a piece of metal bended and stretched in one of those lab tests to figure out what it could actually do. And then once that was exhausted, it was tested with other elements to check the reactions. Maybe I’ll start calling this book the ‘Lab Experiment’. – Emily K.
I love the fact that the story always keeps you going and engaged. The only thing that I really don’t like about the story is Rose keeps meeting all of these guys. Granted she’s only interested in one of them, but they keep trying to win her over and it gets a bit old. I really liked that this book really showed what kind of danger the Moroi are really in. – Kim H.
Lissa angered me so much in this novel! But Adrian is a cutie he cracks me up with his aggressive and charming flirting…
Besides Lissa, the others characters truly evolve in Frostbite, one of the major one of these character developments is that of Mia’s, I’m curious to see how and on which side she will end up in the next books. – Stella (Ex Libris)
Along with Mason getting a bit more screen time, we were introduced to Adrian, who I had honestly forgotten about. How I managed to forget him I don’t know. He lightened up the story a little, which I think we needed. Tasha, Christian’s aunt – who like Rose I didn’t want to like but kind of did – also showed up a bit more and with her came a big question … “Should Moroi used magic offensively?”
Behind all the action, death and romance, there was the underlying politics of the Moroi world which always amazes me, as did Lissa at the last banquet they went to. She managed to come up with an answer that satisfied everyone, I hope in Last Sacrifice she is given some power as the last remaining Dragonmir. – Nachtangel
I love the way the book really got me emotional, for example I was rally wanting Rose to be caught making out with Mason in front of Dimitri. I was angry that he was flirting with Tasha, because I only want him and Rose together and that actually led me to not like Tasha … I was very surprised how the book affected me in that sense. – Claudia
Your turn: What did you make of Frostbite? Did you like the introduction of other guys? How did you handle the big scene in Spokane?