Saturday, March 13, 2010
Supernatural Saturday: Review of Frostbite
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...
Rating: 4 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Teens who love good vampire drama
High point: The complex relationship between Dimitri and Rose
Low point: Needless mature content
Reader maturity: 17+
Frostbite was every bit as good as Vampire Academy--if not more so--and furthers the story of Rose, Lissa, Dimitri and Christian.
Like Vampire Academy, Ms. Mead updates the vampire myth without straying from it entirely, merely updating it to personalize it. The Strigoi--the evil vampires--play a bigger role in Frostbite, threatening the school. Upset over her forbidden crush, Rose is dealing with Mason's crush on her.
I praised the development of Rose in Vampire Academy and still think she's a great main character, but some things she did in Frostbite don't ring true to their maturity we saw toward the end of the first installment. Her reactions and decisions are more abrupt and foolhardy than what she had grown into in Vampire Academy, but her questions regarding the right thing to do and her loyalty to Lissa are as solid as ever. A new character is introduced in Frostbite; he's a great addition to the cast, amusing and mysterious at the same time. He had me guessing until the end.
The conflict in Frostbite is much more dangerous than in Vampire Academy. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen and who was going to make it out alive. After the story closed, I was relieved to have Volume 3 near at hand.
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult Horror and Suspense
Book Source: Purchased