Series: Vampire Academy #2
Publisher: RazorBill (2008)
Paperback (327 pages)
Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Shadow Kiss
Also in this series: Vampire Academy, Shadow Kiss
Reading Challenges: Read 2015
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
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…
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This is the second book in the Vampire Academy series that follows Rose Hathaway, a dhampir guardian in training at St Vladimir’s Academy.
After a Strigoi attack on a Moroi family, St Vladimir’s Academy goes into high alert. To make security easier for the Christmas holidays, all of the students take a mandatory trip to a Moroi ski lodge in Idaho where all their families will be welcome to come. It is a safety measure that also gives the students a true vacation and a chance to see their families.
Rose is excited at the prospect of beating Mason on the ski slopes. They have had a friendly rivalry for years and it could become something more than friends if Rose could get Dimitri out of her mind. It is a rather complicated situation.
Rose’s mother is also at the ski lodge as the Moroi she protects is there. Rose and her mother have an interesting relationship. They are more similar than they realize and have a hard time talking to each other.
We see a different side of Dimitri at the ski resort and his friendship with Christian’s aunt Tasha. Rose gets jealous of Tasha because of her presumed relationship with Dimitri. I like Tasha because she doesn’t rely on the dhampirs to keep her safe and so has learned to protect herself with her magic.
Rose and Lissa also meet Adrian at the ski lodge, a Moroi interested in both Rose and Lissa for various reasons. He also has some rather uncanny abilities that make Rose suspicious of him.
Mia changes throughout the course of the book from a Moroi attempting to entrench herself with the royalty to someone who isn’t all that bad. A lot of things needed to take place for that to happen and Mia comes out the stronger for it.
Rose deals with a lot in this book and makes some hard choices. While I can understand why she did what she did, she is still more than a little bit impulsive. Rose is fiercely loyal to her friends and dedicated completely to Lissa.
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Rose takes a lot of responsibility upon herself in this book. She sticks up for her friends and does whatever she needs to in order to keep them safe. She risks her very life for them, even for Mia whom she doesn’t particularly like. She is willing to give everything if only she can find a way to keep those she loves safe.
Rose also comes to a better understanding of her mother throughout this book. She starts to see her more as a person than as an absent mother. It is enlightening to see this change in Rose’s perceptions. I like that because it means that Rose is learning to see what is beneath the surface instead of taking things for face value.
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