WARNING: Contains spoilers relating to book #1
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...
Frostbite certainly started with a bang, and continued along that line for much of the rest of the book! I felt like the plot dragged a little in this one, although the action picked up a lot towards the end.
Lissa still isn’t my favorite person—I know she’s lovely and under a lot of pressure, but I don’t particularly think ‘when is Lissa going to re-appear?’ as I’m reading—probably because her appearance at the ski lodge usually indicated some sort of Moroi politics! That said, I do really like Christian…perhaps because he reminds me of Warren Peace from Sky High, who I had a slight crush on when I was about twelve.
Rose also runs into Adrian Ivashkov, a flirtatious bad-boy royal with more than a couple of secrets. Adrian amused me, and although I wasn’t keen on him in the beginning I liked him more and more as the book went on.
More conflict crops up when Dimitri starts spending time with Tasha Ozera—yes, you guessed it, Christian’s aunt. Rose’s reaction to this situation, although pretty childish, did fit with her character. Then there’s the sudden appearance of Rose’s mom, Janine Hathaway, whose fights (literally!) with Rose put most other mother/daughter issues to shame. Even though she was harsh and overreacted a lot, you could tell that deep down she does actually care about her daughter.
The last few scenes of this book were pretty tense—and Richelle Mead isn’t afraid to give us a less than happy ending. In conclusion: a commendable sequel, and one well worth reading!