Joint Review: Vampire Academy and Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)
I went into the Vampire Academy series with very low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed reading the first book. The plot was compelling, I liked the characters, and I kept wanting to know what would happen next.
I found Rose and Lissa to be very pleasing main characters. I like how Rose is very confident about herself and how she looks. I don’t want to say that trait is rare in YA fiction, but it isn’t something I see very often in the narrating characters and it was a refreshing change.
The plot and the universe was very interesting, and fun to get to know. Having vampire subspecies was a lot more fun than just having vampires where most are evil but some decide to be nice and “vegan.”
Frostbite wasn’t as good as the first book, and parts of it were a bit boring. But the last six chapters or so were very exciting. While I hoped that it would be better than it was, it was still an enjoyable read.
Things I Liked:
- Rose, and Rose and Lissa’s friendship.
- Rose’s snark. It was great. I love snark.
- The first book made you wait for answers.
- While not everything seemed to advance the plot, stuff kept happening.
- The book did its best to deal with some pretty weighty topics. I’m not going to say whether it dealt with them badly or not, but this stuff happens and it is good to see it in young adult books.
- Rose’s mother.
Things I Didn’t Like:
- The Prologue in the second book. I don’t think I’ve ever read through a recap more painful. Also, if I had accidentally picked up the second book first that prologue would have guaranteed me to not read the start of the series.
- Rose and Dimitri’s romance. Maybe I just have a much more objective view of love, but I kept mentally yelling at them to get over themselves, because their relationship will not work out.
- As you can probably tell from the above bullet point, I didn’t like the ending of Frostbite.
- I don’t really like the book covers.