“Frost Bite” by Richelle Mead

As you can imagine, I’m running low on books, so some series might be posted closer to one another, and since an update borked my ereader I’m limited to what books I have on hand.

That, just so happened to be this series. I did review the first one not too long ago, so while this review won’t contain too many spoilers, it might be easiest to read the first review before this (unless you’ve already read the book).

The book continues on with Rose and Lissa, as Rose is preparing for her Guardian test. Her trainer Dimitri is taking her to a cabin in the woods to meet with another Guardian. But once they get there, things become a little off. Steps with no salt? Snow with no footprints? Dimitri makes Rose stay at the car while he goes to investigate, finding the front door slightly ajar. Not one to listen, Rose sneaks around the back of the house and finds the back door smashed. Within it a blood bath. An entire family had been killed by Strigoi, and it looked like they were using human help.

The Moroi panic, they are being hunted effectively, and with human help they aren’t even safe in the day light hours. The school is the safest place, until families panic and want everyone under the same roof where they can put up wards and be protected by Guardians. So naturally, rich people went to a ski resort.

I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I managed to blow through the book in three days. It’s a fun quick read as Rose antagonizes over her crush on Dimitri, and her jealousy of Lissa’s boyfriend as she spends more time with him than with Rose.

Sometimes Rose pisses me off, her pettiness, immaturity, ego, and poor decision making skills. But then I remembered, she’s 17. At 17 your hormones are still everywhere, brain chemistry is all over the place, and most people are still trying to figure themselves out, never mind figuring out the world. We were all that way once, and I think a lot of people my age and upwards forget that. That’s why there’s so many “Teenagers are stupid and here’s why-” articles. Even though the “why” is usually wrong, the fact is there. Teenagers are stupid. And this book shows that. Rose makes rash, stupid decisions that hurt people and put people in danger. Her stakes might be higher for those childish mistakes, but the truth is, she’s a teenager. She’s not an adult written as a teen to look down on other teens, she’s right in the thick of what is means to be a teenager figuring out the world. And once I figured this out for myself, her decisions weren’t stupid anymore, her reactions and pettiness, she was just being a teenager with the world piled on her shoulders.

Like I said earlier, it’s a quick fun read about an actually interesting vampire society. So naturally, my kryptonite, but this series is a lot better than I was expecting.

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