The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but now their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities.
Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...
What i thought: Yes, the covers are tacky and cheesy (I ADMIT IT, FRANNE!), but the books themselves are amazing.
Rose, like Suze and Jess in Meg Cabot's AWESOME novels, has SERIOUS temper issues (As Suze puts it her 'anger mechanism is over sensitive') Very often, Rose feels as if she would find pleasure in throwing fists around, and definately never gives right hooks subtly. I related so much to Rose, I felt like I was her. Rose is strong and interesting, fighting for Lissa and so much more. Her character/personality was very clear through the entire story, and i loved that.
Mead knows what high school is really like, with parties, cliques, relationship drama, etc. She fantasticly intwines current high school issues with the problems between dhamphir/humans and Moroi (such as 'blood whores,' 'feeders', etc) at St. Vlads. I can't even explain how the author describes relationships (AWESOME!). Everything just makes sense, and I can even guess a character's feelings before they even say something, or state what it is they are going through emotionaly. That's how great the writing is, and how well you get to know the characters.
The storyline itself is amazing. . . Richelle Mead blends together her own version of vampires along with the very well known superstitions and legends. Mead sticks to the traditional but adds in her own twists on it that make the different types of vampires so much more believable and realistic. Richelle Mead is definitely one of my new favorites authors.
This book is a thrilling mixture of horror, romance, wacky teachers, sexy mentors, good friends, and just full-blown teen drama. I would especially recomend it to fans of L.J. Smith (especially the Vampire Diaries and Night World series), Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight Saga), P.C./Kristen Cast's House of Night series (especially these, with the vampire school) but really every teen reader would love these books (i have only read the first and half of the second, but still).
Also, say thanks to Hannah (from Books Books and more Books) who got me to read these books in the first place; lets face it, we all judge books by their covers.
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