Monday, December 27, 2010

Review: FROSTBITE by Richelle Mead

When Dimitri and Rose discover a gruesome mass murder of Moroi and dhampirs in a home which should have been protected by magic wards.  In the snow outside the home, Rose discovers a silver stake which was used to break the wards.  Because of the magic infused in stakes, evil Strigoi are not able to touch them.  This means one thing…the Strigoi are being helped by humans.  Since humans can touch magic and come out in the daylight, this means all of the rules have changed. 

In an effort to protect the children of St. Vladimir’s Academy and their families over the Christmas break, the school rents out a Moroi owned ski lodge and invites everyone to spend Christmas there.  The ski lodge is also protected by wards, and with the combined force of guardians to protect it, it becomes as safe as the school. 

At the ski lodge, Rose contemplates dating her friend Mason, a dhampir classmate training to be a guardian.  Mason is kind, funny and completely in love with Rose.  She knows he is who she should be with, but her crush on her instructor Dimitri is too strong. 

If that weren’t enough boy problems, Rose attracks the attention of a rich, and perpetually drunk, Moroi by the name of Adrian.  Adrian has a wild and reckless reputation and is a few years older than Rose.  Rose keeps turning down his advances, but Adrian doesn’t give up easy—causing jealousies to bloom in both Mason and Dimitri. 

Rose also has to deal with her own jealousy when Christian’s aunt Tasha shows up.  She and Dimitri are old friends and she makes him an offer that’s hard to refuse. 

In light of the increasing Strigoi attacks, controversies erupt among the Moroi.  Some, such as Tasha, feel that Moroi should be using their magic to fight alongside the dhampirs rather than cowering.  Others want to force dhampir teens to graduate after their sophomore years, sending them into guardian service two years early.  Some of Rose’s classmates, only months from graduation are itching to fight.  Feeling frustrated over the in action as well as from the mixed messages from Rose, Mason leads to group to go on the hunt for Strigoi.  Can Rose save him in time?

Overall, I give Frostbite

Plot – 4 bookmarks
Character Development – 4 bookmarks (We are steadily seeing Rose mature)
Love Story – 4 bookmarks
Fight Scenes – 4 ½ bookmarks
Political Intrigue – 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Rose (Sophia Bush), Lissa (Blake Lively), Dimitri (Ben Barnes), Christian (Michael Steger), Jenna Boyd (Mia), Ed Westwick (Adrian), Tinsel Korey (Tasha), Prince Harry (Mason)

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