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 handto- 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…
“Not into older guys, huh?” asked Adrian once we were alone.
“You’re imagining things,” I said. “Clearly, my stunning beauty has clouded your mind.”
There are several interesting things that happen in Frostbite. The book opens up when Rose and Dimitri find a group of dead moroi, killed by strigoi. This sets the tone for the entire rest of the novel, and even the rest of the series when it comes down to it. Everything in this series runs on the moroi’s say so. And the moroi run on fear, fear of the strigoi, the fear they might die, the fear that the dhampir aren’t enough to protect them.
Everything goes to hell pretty quickly.
Frostbite shows us the political landscape of the vampire world even more than Vampire Academy did. We’re in the thick of things, now. Lissa is a princess, and she a sort of voice in their world, even if she is still 17 and in school. Through Lissa, we get to experience the growing idea that moroi should fight alongside their cousin race.. Through Rose, we get to see the anger on the part of the dhampir for the moroi’s desire to send dhampir children out on the frontlines so they would be protected better. Through both of them we see a rapidly shifting political landscape that could go any way by the end of the series.
Once again, the characters are really a great part of the book. Issues, thy name is Rose. Rose has so, so many issues to deal with, especially with her Mom on the scene. Rose is just angry all the time throughout Frostbite. It really shows her age more than anything else. She is already a little firecracker, ready to explode given enough heat. This just seemed to crank it up to ten. Lissa, on the other hand, is nice and calm throughout the book. She is stable and happy, which is a nice improvement over where she was the previous book.
The romance is a delight, as always. It is mildly amusing and mildly annoying at the same time that everyone thinks that every guy wants Rose. And every guy does kind of want rose. Dimitri is turning Rose down, despite him being the one she really wants. He does the right thing, and I like that. It is what I want to happen. There is also Mason, who is her own age and who she uses as a beard. Rose likes Mason, but not the way he wants, though he doesn’t realise that. Poor boy.
Then there is Adrian Ivashkov. Dear Adrian. He is such a fun character. He is sweet, lovable, kind of a fuckup Adrian. Who has spirit power, the same as Lissa. And he wants Rose. I love Adrian as a character. As a love interest, he would be great if Dimitri wasn’t around. It is really too bad that Rose cannot end up with Adrian, because he is awesome.
The end is powerful. You can’t make every book end like this, but I love the ones that do. Endings like this change a person, a character.
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