With the vampire community horrified and on full alert after a vicious and deadly attack on one of the royal families, St. Vladimir’s Academy is relocated for the holidays to a secure ski resort. Rose is glad to be away from the school and with Lissa, but trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. Her feelings for her Guardian tutor may be mutual but can never be acted on, a close friend confesses his own feelings for her and when the amusing and aristocratic Adrian enters the scene, she is more confused than ever. After a terrible lapse in judgement sends people she cares about into danger, Rose feels responsible and falls back on the training she has had for most of her life. Protect at all costs.
It was good being able to dive straight into book two of the Vampire Academy series. I enjoyed the first book a great deal and it left me wanting more.
Rose is the focal character once more and picks up where the first novel ended. Just as an aside before I get into it, I thought the Prologue was nicely done, a recap of the previous book but entertaining enough to read even if you had already read Vampire Academy.
It was really interesting how both main characters developed throughout this story. I admire the way Richelle Mead has taken teenagers around seventeen, with hormones and angst, and merged it with great responsibility and peril. Maturity can and often does go out the window but I loved the reasoning behind it and thought it quite clever.
Rose and Lissa’s friendship gets more complicated and conflicted as more is revealed about Lissa’s abilities and what her bond with Rose means. Rose has a unique perspective on life and it can cause amusing results as she uses sarcastic wit almost as a weapon to get out of awkward situations. As her extra Guardian training with her tutor, the lovely Dimitri progresses, she certainly starts to kick some serious butt and becomes even more formidable.
The two main characters are supported by a group of friends and their relationships play a big part throughout the story. Even with unrequited and forbidden love, they definitely make the book well rounded and enjoyable.
Mead’s writing was once again clean, crisp and easy to read but spared nothing with the emotional and action scenes. They had a lot of impact and one scene in particular was very shocking and brought tears to my eyes.
Any book that grips me enough to be able to do that is definitely recommended!