Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite by Richelle MeadFrostbite by Richelle Mead - WARNING! I cannot review Frostbite without spoiling the first book in the series, Vampire Academy. If you plan on reading the first book, and don’t want to be spoiled, do not read any further.

It's winter break at St Vladimir's, and a massive Strigoi vampire attack has put the school on high alert. This year's trip away from the academy to the wintery peaks of Idaho has suddenly become mandatory. But Rose's troubles seem to follow her wherever she goes - dealing with the pain of knowing that her relationship with her tutor Dimitri can never be, things get even more complicated when one her closest friends admits his feelings for her. The glittering winter landscape may create the illusion of safety but Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined... From Amazon UK.

It sometimes amazes me how authors are able to come up with such fantastic stories – and Richelle Mead is one of these authors! I absolutely loved Frostbite, probably more so than I did Vampire Academy!

If you wanted to compare books, there is a lot less of Lissa in this novel, and a lot less intrigue throughout the first part of the novel. This is not a bad thing though. Sometimes, when reading the first book in a series, it’s obvious it’s a first book; it’s setting up the plot for future stories, it introduces characters and mythology, it gives you enough to whet your appetite, but isn’t exactly a complete story. Vampire Academy wasn’t like that, it was it’s own full story, with it’s own plotline, and it was incredible – but after reading Frostbite, you can see how it could work like an obvious first story, as we know all of the above, and now we have, in Frostbite, what I would say is Rose’s story.

As I said, there was less intrigue; there was the worrying about Lissa’s powers and who was after her in the first novel, but in Frostbite, the danger isn’t necessarily on anyone specific, it’s just there. We focus a lot more on Rose’s relationship with her mother, her feelings towards the guys in her life, the gorgeous Dimitri and the lovely Mason, and some issues with herself about whether she’s changed or not. It’s a brilliant insight into Rose, where as the first book was more focused on her wanting to protect Lissa. It was great to see more of this Rose, vulnerable Rose, and to see her grow.

Yes, there is less Lissa as I said, but there is more of some other characters that we have come to love – or love to hate – like Christian, Mason, and Mia. And, well, wow! I can’t really go into it without spoiling the story, but these three, along with Rose... seriously, you won’t believe what you’re reading, but it does make sense. Frostbite is quite a sad book, I was close to tears at one point, but it’s amazing the strength people can show when things get really bad. I really was completely wowed. And the action! Bloody brilliant! Don’t you just love it when you can’t see a way out of a bad situation, and an author chucks in something that completely blows you away? Simply amazing, but extremely powerful.

As well as more of old characters, we meet some new ones too, namely Janine, Rose’s mum, Tasha, Christian’s aunt, and Adrian, a royal Moroi also holidaying in Idaho. And I love them all, I think. At times, you dislike them all for whatever reasons, I won’t spoil it for you, but I loved seeing Janine, and understanding Rose’s feelings towards her and seeing her work through it. Tasha is also pretty damn lovely lady, and a bit of a revolutionary, and Adrian... well, he’s just sexy and charming, and too bloody arrogant. I’m slightly on the fence when it comes to him, I’m not sure what his game is, but... I like him, I think. My instincts say to be wary, but don’t write him off completely. So we’ll see. I look forward to seeing more of them all in future!

Frostbite is quite a hard book to read emotionally, there’s a lot more danger and more... reality of the world these characters live in, and it’s not pretty. But it’s such a fantastic read. And of course, there’s a fair amount of the amazing Dimitri to make things a little brighter. Such an amazing book, really, you have to read it! I am so looking forward to reading Shadow Kissed, the third book in the series! I just know it’s going to be amazing. And I seriously need to start on Mead’s adult series. Seriously, new favourite author right here.

I won this US edition book in a competition from Spinebreakers.co.uk.

Published: 1st Oct 2009 in the Uk, 10th April 2008 in the US (my copy)
Publisher: Puffin in the UK, Razorbill in the US (my copy)
Buy on Amazon UK
Buy on Amazon US
Richelle Mead’s Website

My reviews of other books in the series:
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Book 1)

Other reviews:
Angieville
Sarah's Book Reviews

8 comments:

  1. ACK I cant read it - I want to read this series - is it worth the read? with out giving it away totally?

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  2. It really is! I absolutely loved the first book, and I loved this one too! Amazing series so far! :)

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  3. Brilliant review!! Maybe I'm biased because I absolutely love this series, but I loved reading your review! I got hooked on the series just before Blood Promise came out in August and am now eagerly awaiting the next book. I couldn't agree with you more on everything you said, you've made me want to go re-read Frostbite now! :)

    Shadow Kiss is my favourite one... I can't wait to see what you think of it :D

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  4. An awesome series. :) And I really liked this book. I can't wait for the next book!!!!

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  5. YESSS. Glad you liked it! And, Adrian is SUCH a sweetheart. Hope you'll like him better in future books. :)

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  6. Brodie - Aww, cheers! It's always nice to hear that the reviews themselves are enjoyed, as well as being helpful. I do love this series, and so can't wait to read Shadow Kissed! It's going to be awesome!

    Jessica - I don't know what the next one for you is, but it's Shadow Kissed for me - it doesn't come out in the UK until February, so a while for us Brits to catch up with you. Thouse I do look forward to reading them all! So good!

    Jenn - Ohh, thanks for the tip, I am intrigued! I am still wary of Adrian, but I do, in some small way, like him. He's funny and cheeky, and a bit of a "bad boy". I look forward to seeing more of him!

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  7. I just stumbled across your blog on the Book Blogs ning and became a follower! :) You've got a great site here!

    I'm really glad you enjoyed Frostbite. I reviewed it myself a few months ago and loved it! This series is one of my favorites of all time! I do love Adrian, and I'm interested to see what you'll think of him once you read the rest of the series. Thanks for the review!

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  8. Natalie - Aww, cheers! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for following! :)
    Ohh, Frostbite was awesome, and I'm really looking to reading the rest of this series... and that's it now, if everyone loves Adrian, then I do too. I'll go with the niggles that say he's all right, even though part of me doesn't want to trust him. I SO can't wait for Shadow Kissed!

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