Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

This review will contain spoilers for Vampire Academy, the first book in the series. See my review of that here.

Like i said in my Vampire Academy review i’m currently rereading the entire series, so this is the review for my reread of Frostbite. Frostbite is the second book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, with Vampire Academy being the first one. The official synopsis for Frostbite is:

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…

I much prefer Frostbite to Vampire Academy, there isn’t as much superficial world builing since it is the second book in the series, and this meand that the books goes more into depth with the lore, it explores the topics of Spirit magic a lot more, and it goes more into depth with the strigoi relationships.

Especially the exploration of Spirit magic is something i found very interesting, and as someone who has already read the series i can’t wait until it gets explored even more. Especially the effects it has on the user and the different abilities, is so very intriguing to me.

Now to say i’m not biased towards this book would be a lie, one of my favourite characters in the entire series gets introduced in this book, and that will always make rereading it, that much more sweet.

Anyone who has ever read frostbite, knows that’s it’s an absoloutely heartbreaking story, and i found myself crying along with the characers at the end of the book. The emotional impact that this book has, is something that’s almost unparalleled in this series.

Overall this is an amazing, if not heartbreaking novel. It’s a good second book in a series, and it does not suffer the dreaded second book syndrome and I would even go as far as to say that it’s better than it’s preceader.



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