Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...
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... (from Goodreads)
Sadly, I read a major spoiler in someone's Goodreads review BEFORE I started reading this book. So I knew what was going to happen, and that's not cool. That being said -- was I prepared for it? NO! Did I love getting there? YES!
Second books are always great because the world has been set up, so the story can pick up right where the first book ended -- and that's what Frostbite did. I loved the resort setting! That place sounds amazing and I want to go there and experience it all! I caught on to a few revelations before Rose did, but it was so obvious to the reader that I think Richelle Mead might have done that on purpose? I mentioned in my Vampire Academy review that I didn't really like Rose's character that much, but by the end of the story I came to understand why she was the way she was. Well, her less desirable quality traits shone with a force in this book that left me thinking, "Oh Rose..." or "Rose, really?!?" which is, I suppose, how her mother and Dimitri felt all the time. But even with that, I loved this book. It was less on the high school drama side of the first book and more on the vampire world and drama within it. I found the new characters interesting and liked seeing new aspects of the characters I already knew.
I haven't wanted to fly through a series this quickly since Maximum Ride -- but I'm ready for Book #3! I need an audiobook, though, and my library doesn't have it. Boo. I guess I'll have to wait for a bit.