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156. Frostbite by Richelle Mead...

September 14, 2009
frostbiteAbout the book:
when Love and Jealousy collides on the slopes, winter break turns deadly...

Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir's on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians--including the legendary Janine Hathaway...Rose's formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks. This year, St. Vlad's holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose--and her heart--are in more danger than she could ever have imagined...

drey's thoughts:
Frostbite opens with a Prologue that pretty much covers the basics, so if you've not yet read Vampire Academy, you won't be lost. And from there on out, the pace explodes. Chapter One has Rose on her way to her Qualifier--where high-level Guardians determine whether novices can continue down the Guardian path. And instead of the test she expects, she finds a house full of the dead...

Next thing you know, her mother is in her classroom, talking about hunting Strigoi. Her mother, who hasn't been around since she packed Rose off so that she could go be a Guardian extraordinaire... And Rose blows a gasket. The interaction between Rose and her mother is normal-rebellious-teenager amped up by a factor of 10, which makes sense, given the sense of abandonment that Rose feels. And teenager that she is, it doesn't matter why her mother left her, it just matters that her mother did.

With teenagers as main characters, there is plenty of teenage angst--about identity, friendship, loyalty, and even love. All set amid a backdrop of murder and mayhem. A fitting sequel to Vampire Academy.

Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
ISBN-10: 1595141758
ISBN-13: 978-1595141750
Paperback: 327 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group, 2008

Challenges: 100+, Support Your Local Library, Vampire, Series


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