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…
(Synopsis provided by Goodreads)It was amazing how quickly I was able to become absorbed when I read this book for the first time. I just finished re-reading it this week and I still love it.
I remember finding this at the books store a few years ago on one of my trips where I had no idea what book I was going to buy. I just read the sadness survival story, so I needed a nice, relaxing and happy read. And I chose this book. Frostbite is definitely has happy moments and I do feel at peace when I read this book, but it does not have a happy ending. The devastating ending leaves hope for the future and illustrates an important lesson; that while a friend dies, you should still live your life and try to be happy.
This is first book I read in this series. I enjoyed how the prologue effectively summarized the previous book and the world where Rose and her family lives in. This book contained one of the best prologues I ever read. After all, it has Rose's personal voice in it and ends with the universal truth. "Hey, no one said high school was easy."- quoted from Rose Hathaway in Frostbite.
I completely fell in love with Adrian Ivashkov while I was reading it. This book is Adrian at his best. He is witty and adorably arrogant. He is confident and does not back down. I like his realistic charismatic personality and learning the revelation in the book of what element he specializes. Rose is also the most relatable and strong in this book. She does not whine once and is calm in the face of stress. When the world does not move in her favor she still sticks back and fights. I love how she is not invincible in this book. Her flaws make her human, so I liked her in this book. How she handles the challenges with her cunning and learns from her mistakes is amazing. I wish she continued to learn from her mistakes in the later books. It was understandable in this book why she made the Mason mistake. This is early on in the series, so the heroine is allowed to make mistakes. I just wished she learned from that mistake. If she did the Adrain fiasco would have never happened.
The fight scene between Elena, Isaiah and Rose was perfect. Not too short or long. And it contained plenty of action. The time at the lodge was eventful and fun to read. I loved hearing Dmitri give Rose advice about being a strong leader and acting like an adult. I like how Mia, who was originally depicted as an enemy, grows up in this book and becomes likeable. I love when characters who were originally childish enemies, slowly become friendly partners.
I give this book the rating it deserves: FIVE STARS! In three words: it is moving, incredible and completely enhancing. In my view, the best book of the Vampire Academy Series.
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