Mini-Reviews: Frosbite (Vampire Academy #2) and Shadow Kiss (#3) by Richelle Mead

Frostbite by Richelle Mead is the second book in the Vampire Academy series. I loved the first book and after reading the second, I have a feeling this is going to be an awesome series.

2282133 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…

Frostbite is an amazing sequel to Vampire Academy. It has all the characters, continues the storyline, but in book two, it. gets. real. I applaud Richelle for “going there” and making this series authentic with real feelings, real life and real consequences. I am in love with the main character, Rose. She is the type of heroine I love to read because she is tough but has vulnerabilities; she makes mistakes but knows right from wrong — a very important distinction. If a book has a character who makes too many mistakes without a conscience, then it just seems like they aren’t intelligent. I love that Rose is so very human despite the fact she is a dhamphir. She is just an amazing character overall. The stakes are getting higher and higher with this series, and for me, Frostbite hit on all the right things.

STARS: 5 out of 5

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead is book number three in the Vampire Academy Series. I immediately jumped into it after devouring Frostbite. This book was great but I can now see the turning point that everyone was talking about. Now I have to decide whether it’s a good thing or not.

2802316It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all… might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose’s forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line – and choose between the two people she loves most.

If the stakes were high in Frostbite, than they’ve reached even higher for this book. I have a feeling this will be my favorite book in the whole series. There is a lot of action  (including an attack on the school) but more importantly the romance is really prevalent in this book. Rose and Dimitri’s relationship finally takes off and they take some risks and finally open up about how they feel. Their relationship is beautifully done. I LOVE these two together. However, with all the action, Mead takes some risks and my heart wasn’t prepared for what would happen. I don’t want to give anything away but by the end, I had no idea how this series could continue. What else could possibly happen? How can any of this end well?

I’ve heard people talk about this series as a whole, and how it’s only good until book three. I now somewhat understand what they mean but you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. Regardless of the ending, the rest of the book was magnificent and I was eating out the palm of Mead’s hand.  It’s worth the read but I’m concerned about where the plot is going to go.

STARS: 4 out of 5

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