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Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Published by Penguin

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, 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. Vladmir'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. Vladmir'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 heat-are in more danger than she ever could have imagined.

I really enjoyed this book.

The book pretty much picks up where the first one left off and follows the story of Rose at the Vampire Academy. It starts with a chilling chapter with an attack by the Strigoi and the rest of the story follows this story arch. It appears that the Strigoi are trying to wipe out members of the royal families. As the story continues more Strigoi attacks on the differing royal families continue meaning all of the main characters are on high alert throughout the events of the novel.

There were several things I enjoyed about this book. The first thing I really liked was how Rose develops as a character. She doe an awful lot of growing up in a relative short space of time learning a variety of valuable lessons about herself, the nature of killing (even if it is Strigoi) and what it therefore means to be a guardian. I love the ongoing relationships she has with her best friends, her peers (some of whom she likes, some of whom she doesn't) her mentor and her mostly absentee mother.

I enjoyed the parts of the story which looked at the magic that the Moroi have and the debates on its acceptable use in trying and difficult times and hope that this is explored further in future books.

I loved the political intrigue posed by the structure of royals implemented in the Vampire Academy world. It adds an air of glamour at times as well as raising a variety of question throughout. I looking forward to seeing more done with this in future as I reckon it could provide some really awesome story lines.

Final word goes to Dmitri - how gorgeous is he? Let me know where I can sign up for a one on one training session with him!