It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
I was quite annoyed with the beginning of the book, I loved the first one, and I read it, meaning that I don’t want to read a summary of it. A second book means that you read the first and it was annoying to have a good portion of the beginning dedicated to a summary. I truthfully, skimmed and skipped all of it.
I want it to be known that I love the dynamic between Rose, Mason and Dimitri. Love triangles are something that can be over done or executed incorrectly, but I love the ones where the choice is so difficult to see. As a reader, I had a personal favorite character that I wanted Rose to be with, but you can also see, wow, under these circumstances, it could go either way. With Dimitri unwilling to be involved with someone younger and that they would have to protect Lissa together and they can’t have kids together, why choose him? (even though I love him)
I really enjoyed the plot and action that occurred in this book. I felt that the characters became really well developed, and they became almost real life people. I love that about this book, it is a stretch to say that it was ‘realistic’ but the writing style and events that took place made me feel as if it was real. I was transported into this world, I became lost in it.
Rose is just bad ass. Try to tell me you don’t wish you could fight the way she does. I enjoyed to see the development with her and her mother, who is by no means motherly to her, but ends up warming up a little. It was heart warming to see their relationship develop, because as I have mentioned, Rose is possibly my favorite character that I have read about in a long time and therefore I want to be her/pretend she is my best friend…ha.
This second book did not have second book syndrome at all (snore fest) It was, don’t kill me, almost better than the first one. It has all the makings of a series to just keep getting better and better… I can’t want to read more of these books.