Review: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)–Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)
Frostbite
Vampire Academy #2
Richelle Mead

My rating:

cloudy

Clouds are covering! A read that lets me down every now and then but peaks out of the clouds!

Goodreads summary:

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…

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Previous books in series:

Vampire Academy (#1 in the series)

Before I start reviewing this book I would just like to mention that I find the Goodreads synopsis of this book a bit too detailed. It just gives away so much about the story that it shouldn’t really be giving away. I mean, a synopsis that is too vague or broad is one thing, but especially after having read the book this is going too far in the other direction seeing as how many main plotlines are mentioned here.

The book itself was a lot of fun to read, just like its predecessor had been. For me it’s definitely one of those books that you just breeze through, enjoying it all the way. There just wasn’t anything in this story that lifted the whole thing to a higher level, it was just some pretty easy enjoyment, fit for being read in one go. There’s nothing wrong with that in any way, but it just could have been more I guess.

All the things that I loved about the previous book are still here in this book, though I don’t feel all that much progress. For instance, Rose’s snark is still there, wonderful as ever. And she does make a lot of progress, personally, but in the bigger picture it seems to mean too little, usually because she’s sort of slow on the uptake. Some of these events were too obviously built up to for us as readers, and Rose just not being in the know (and finding out really late) makes me a little cranky. There’s a lot of promise within this world but I’m just left sitting on my hunger. I can see how this doesn’t sound very positive, but trust me when I tell you that this book is very enjoyable. It’s just that it has potential to be more, which I’m sure it will be in the following books.

In the end this book just really made me want to read the next book, while simultaneously hoping that it will be even better, and that it will reach that higher level (rise above the love-drama stuff).

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