My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: 2008
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Boarding School, Romance, Friendship, Mystery, magic, Vampires
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.
Finishing a book in general is exciting. Now, finishing a *Vampire Academy* book is scary.
Perhaps this does not apply to all Vampire Academy books—I have yet to be able to decide that—but what do the first two books in the series have in common?
They both have wonderful beginnings. Everything is beautiful, everything is just fine. But then something bad happens that brings all the characters down to earth from the clouds they were sleeping on.
And slowly, but surely, that unfortunate event brings more unfortunate events that eventually become a nightmare. But even if now I know to expect blood and death in the last chapters, I still don’t think I’ll ever be fully prepared for the emotional attack.
This is good, by the way. It might not seem like it, seeing that I’m still reeling from the shocking death at the end of this book, but truly this is how it should always be. It’s boring to have a huge event at the beginning or middle of the book and then nothing for the rest of it.
Richelle Mead builds up anticipation and apprehension. And the climax is hard to digest but oh so worth it. Wow, that was some real sexual innuendo right there. You’ll have to forgive me, I only just watched the clip for the third Fifty Shades movie. Hahaha…
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