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Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0-141-32854-6 Pages: 327 Series: Vampire Academy #2 Type: Young Adult Paranormal Source: Purchased Goodreads
When a massive vampire attack decimates a Moroi family, St. Vladimir's Academy
is placed on high alert. With large numbers of the deadly Strigoi in the area it
is decided that the winter trip to snowy Idaho is now mandatory. Even the
glittering landscape and decadent ski lodge aren't enough to help with Rose
Hathaway's relationship issues, leaving her stuck between an impossible
relationship and a recently confessed crush. But real danger still lurks and
will change their lives forever.
This is the second book in the Vampire
Academy series (after Vampire Academy) which is a series I really recommend reading in order. I enjoyed
this more than the first book in the series as the first book issues (like the
flashbacks) are gone and a quick introductory prologue means that this leaps
straight into the storyline. The book is action packed and well written,
building tension to the shocking finale. I ended up glued to the page throughout
and I loved that the action moved away from St. Vladimir's to a new snowy
location as it changed things up.
Rose didn't irritate me as much in this
installment. She still isn't my favourite character but she seemed less mean to
people outside her immediate circle. Her mother Janine appears and their
relationship also goes a long way to explaining why Rose acts as she does. Lissa
and Christian are still awesome and I love that their relationship is bringing
out the best in each of them. Dimitri is trying to be all official and
teacher-like which means the potential romance with Rose is off, which again
contrasts well with the happy state of Lissa and Christian's
Adrian Ivashkov is fast becoming my favourite character in
the whole series. I love his snark and how he relates to Rose and the other main
characters. By introducing him, the ideas behind spirit magic can be further
developed which is awesome. Another new character that I really like is
Christian's aunt Tasha who seems like a great person and again widens the world
as the book takes a somewhat political stance when the argument of whether Moroi
should learn to defend themselves or continue to rely on their guardians
All in all, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to Shadow Kiss.
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