It sometimes amazes me how authors are able to come up with such fantastic stories, and Richelle Mead is one of these authors! I absolutely loved Frostbite, probably more so than I did Vampire Academy.
If you wanted to compare books, there is a lot less of Lissa in this novel, and a lot less intrigue throughout the first part of the novel. This is not a bad thing though. Sometimes, when reading the first book in a series, it's obvious it's a first book; it's setting up the plot for future stories, it introduces characters and mythology, it gives you enough to whet your appetite, but isn't exactly a complete story. Vampire Academy wasn't like that, it was it's own full story, and it was incredible, but after reading Frostbite, you can see how it could work like an obvious first story, as we know all of the above, and now we have, in Frostbite, what I would say is Rose's story.
As I said, there was less intrigue; there was the worrying about Lissa's powers and whose was after her in the first novel, but in Frostbite, the danger isn't necessarily on anyone specific, it's just there. We focus a lot more on Rose's relationship with her mother, her feelings towards the guys in her life, Dimitri and Mason, and some issues with herself about whether she's changed or not. It's a brilliant insight into Rose, where as the first book was more focused on her wanting to protect Lissa. It was great to see more of this Rose, vulnerable Rose, and to see her grow.
Yes, there is less Lissa as I said, but there is more of some other characters that we have come to love or hate, like: Christian, Mason and Mia. I can't really go into it without spoiling the story, but these three, along with Rose...you won't believe what you're reading, but it does make sense. Frostbite is quite a sad book, but it's amazing the strength people can show when things get really bad. I really was completely wowed.
We meet some new characters, namely Janine- Rose's mum, Tasha- Christian's aunt, and Adrian, a royal moroi also holidaying in Idaho.
Frostbite is quite a hard book to read emotionally, there's a lot more danger and more...reality of the world these characters live in, and it's not pretty. But it's such a fantastic read!show more