I found myself wanting some more of that sassy attitude in this novel.
The action was definitely turned up a few notches, but also was the seriousness… I guess to help set up some of the landscape for further installments in this series. But still, the biggest draw card for me attempting this second novel was Rose’s witty banter and bitchy one liners. I didn't get the LOL’s as I did from Vampire Academy. That is not to say it was completely amiss from Frostbite – there are definite shining moments and I found myself enjoying it more that the first.
The blurb for this book makes it sound like a love triangle, and completely downplays the build up of the Strigoi threat. I’m glad I hadn’t actually perused the Goodreads page otherwise I may have not picked it up. Going in blind, without any expectation Frostbite falls into my guilty pleasure category. It’s no literary masterpiece by thoroughly entertaining.
Maybe because this the second book a serial I didn't feel like there was enough to this novel story-wise. A great arc and wrapped up some topics, but definitely did not feel like a stand-alone, or something you could understand if you read out of order.
The tone felt a little more mature and developed. Giving me less opportunity to get pulled from the narrative with subsequent eye-rolling. I’m not a huge fan of vampire novels – I feel they are somewhat overdone, but the Vampire Academy series, with its snarky vocabulary and a mix of elemental magic kept me glued to the page.
A great quick escapist read to pleasure a cold winter’s night on the lounge (while cuddling up to your boyfriend or furbaby).
Another delightful and emotionally packed book in the Vampire Academy series. Rose is just such a great character to read, she livens up every moment. I'm not going to go into too much depth, because there are plenty of great reviews which break down how fun this book and series is, but I just want to say that I'm now a convert. I had low expectations for this series and I've only been impressed again and again. The plot is fascinating and clearly building to some epic things. The romance is a gorgeous slow-burn and intriguing, different relationships are depicted, particularly the fact that we are all imperfect creatures. Frostbite really touched on some of the darker aspects of the world and violence of the job as a guardian, which really added to the story overall. The book loses half a star because I felt that Lissa failed several times on the best friend front - she didn't really seem too interested in finding out how Rose was feeling and only seemed worried about herself, so the relationship felt very one way, but I've heard that this is addressed, explored and developed more in later books. Looking forward to the next book!