Showing posts with label frostbite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label frostbite. Show all posts

Friday, January 23, 2015

[Review] Frostbite (VA #2) - Richelle Mead

In FROSTBITE, Rose and Lissa are forced to go on a mandatory skiing trip when Strigoi attacks are happening all over the state and close to St. Vladimir. 

Pleasant Surprise!

I was very excited for this novel mainly because I fell in love with every single character in the first novel. Since it's common knowledge that the second book in a series is always not so great, I was prepared for the worst, and therefore pleasantly surprised when I finished this. FROSTBITE is a little off with the pacing and the middle is quite slow, but it's overall not that bad and makes me want to continue the series still, which is a major achievement because I have serious series-commitment issues.

I loved that the book is centered around the Strigoi, the "bad" kind of vampires that just wants to feed and kill. I really like that the series went for the dark path while still keeping the charm and flirty aspects that I loved about VAMPIRE ACADEMY. FROSTBITE has a very strong focus on character relations, which is probably the reason why the plot suffers so much during certain parts. This novel is the novel of new romance, everyone's falling in or out of love and every character goes through major development.

Extraordinary New Characters

Since the first novel, Rose has a giant crush on her instructor Dimitri, but he thinks that it's pretty inappropriate, given the fact that she's 17 and he's 24. In FROSTBITE we meet Tasha Ozera, Christian's aunt, which is a big, big reason for Rose to get even, because she isn't only stunning, she's ready to get some of Dimitri. That's already where my dislike of her starts. I can imagine that I'm not the only who's frowning at the thought of Tasha, but Mead solves this cleverly by making Tasha such a likeable and smart character that you just feel bad for not liking her. 

The biggest appeal about this series has always been the characters and I'm happy that Mead decided to focus on them a lot and give them space to develop in this. It's just a mystery to me how she makes even side characters so lively and real without a whole lot of description. With Adrian Ivashkov we have another awesome character that I hope we'll see a lot in the future. 

I was also very excited to finally meet Janine, Rose's mother. There's a lot of tension between the two and I think it's just amazing how Mead manages to mirrors Rose's behavior exactly in the way she writes Janine. 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you've read the first one, might as well continue. It's really not a bad read and exceptionally good for a second novel. On it's own though, this probably wouldn't have made me want to read a sequel. 

"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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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #2: Top Ten For November

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where you will post about one or more books per week that have been on your wishlist for some time, or that you just added and can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto your wonderful shelves. 

I've been hoarding books on my amazon wishlist like it's nobody's business lately. Since my TBR is down to ten books now (god bless!) I might actually get a few of these. 

10. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Come on, self. Just go through with it. I still haven't started the series even though I've been talking about starting it for ages, I know. I really ought to just get the sequel and get it going. But there is so much else to read!

9. Evermore by Alison Noel
I actually had my eye set on this about 5 years ago already. Back when I was ballsdeep into vampires and immortal creatures I contemplated getting this a few times. Weird that I never went through with it. I really want to try the series now though.

8. Marked by P.C. Cast
Another paranormal romance everyone has probably already read but me. I've been dying to read this but I think I'm going to go with Vampire Academy first. They're said to be very similar I believe. 

7. Charleston Girl by Sophie Kinsella
I'm out of Kinsella. This one is about a woman being visited by the ghost of her grandma that still thinks it's the Golden Twenties. I love that decade and I love Kinsella, so I have to. Just fricking buy it!

6. Fury by Elizabeth Miles
I'm a sucker for greek mythology, especially the furies. The fact that this novel exists just makes me beyond happy. Need!

5. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
The only reason I want this is because JLA references the protagonists in the Lux Series. Any yeah, I devour everything lux. Whoops.

4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
I haven't read a good novel about witches in ages. Since Beautiful Creatures disappointed me a bit I'm eager for something new. Bring it on!

3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I wanted to start this series for ages. I have no clue what it's about but it's been raining recommendations. Don't disappoint me, people!

2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Yeah, I said she isn't getting another chance, I know. A dear friend wholeheartedly recommended this to me. Also the fact that she also hated Ugly Love encourages me even more. 

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Video games, man. Enough sad. Needing this.

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