Frostbite is the second instalment of the Vampire Academy YA series, and although I really enjoy it, it seems to me that it doesn't so much continue tFrostbite is the second instalment of the Vampire Academy YA series, and although I really enjoy it, it seems to me that it doesn't so much continue the overall story arch as just give an episode in the life of Rose. Don't get me wrong, it's another entertaining read. But we're treated to Rose and Dimitri both trying to make relationships with other people work, knowing that they can't be together. The location shifts dramatically away from the Academy (it won't be the last time) because Strigoi are attacking and murdering Moroi and their dhampir guardians in large numbers. So the school whisks everyone away to a large and luxurious ski resort. We get some ski slopes action, which is OK. It shows us Rose's wilder side. Her rebelliousness both comes out and is reined in in this book. She's growing up - a lot. We see the return of some great characters such as Mia, Mason, and Christian, and we're also introduced to wild Moroi royal Adrian Ivashkov. He's a bad influence - older than the girls - who loves to drink and smoke. But he's got his own reasons. I won't give it away. He also is very interested in both Lissa and Rose - but for very different reasons. Things take a turn for the worst when Mason - who embodies Rose's more rebellious, reckless side, and who also has the biggest and sweetest crush on her - decides to take on a bunch of Strigoi and takes Mia and Eddie with him. Meanwhile, Dimitri's seriously considering taking up the offer of Christian's aunt, Tasha Ozera, on becoming her guardian and providing her with dhampir children. The plot of this book is a little weird and not as great as the others, but at least we finally get to meet some Strigoi and find out why they're so nasty....more
It was an amazing book. So powerful, and incredibly emotional. It helped me personally, too, for reasoHow is anyone supposed to rate a book like this?
It was an amazing book. So powerful, and incredibly emotional. It helped me personally, too, for reasons I won't go into it. But I did not like it. I can not bring myself to like it. There is not much to like, and the terrifying thing is that it's a true story.
When I say there is not much to like, I mean the writing itself is fine, it's the memories that are horrible.
Yet I think it is one of those memoirs that a lot of people need to read. Especially people in their safe little bubble where only first world problems apply. Especially people who have gone through similar things.
I reiterate: this book was amazing, and if you're ready to face real-world issues and accept that awful things happen, sometimes for no reason, maybe you're ready for this book....more
I was born and raised in the only place in the world where foxes do not live besides Antarctica (Tasmania, Australia), and as such, I find foxes extreI was born and raised in the only place in the world where foxes do not live besides Antarctica (Tasmania, Australia), and as such, I find foxes extremely exotic and fascinating. They have been my favourite animal for as long as I can remember. I cannot rave enough about this book. It's a talking animals book, sure, but for adults. It follows the life of rural vixen O-ha as her home is slowly taken over by a developing town. There's a viscous enemy bent on taking her down and making her life miserable. It's a nice exploration of traditionalism versus contemporary life, the old ways of the country foxes and the old hunts (with horses and hounds) being taken over by humans who wish to preserve foxes when they appear in the town. Just gorgeous. The life of foxes will no longer be a mystery to me....more
I actually suspect Katherine Applegate ghost-wrote this one. There's just something about the girls kicking ass that reminds me of Applegate's strongeI actually suspect Katherine Applegate ghost-wrote this one. There's just something about the girls kicking ass that reminds me of Applegate's stronger female characters, and the humour is identical....more