About: 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 handto- 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…
What I LOVED: I am really enjoying this series. The characters are engaging, especially Rose and Lissa, the storyline is well-paced and intriguing, and the issues are dealt with in very real ways that take in account their age and the unique obstacles presented in the outline of this world.
What I LIKED: I really liked the visual that is St Vlads and all other locations used in this book. I am really digging the amount of description she is using without going to overboard. It is like the environment is a quiet background character that adds to every scene. I guess I really took notice in this book in the scenes that included the ski lodge and the jet (just two examples).
What I DID NOT LIKE/SO SO: Not a darn thing goes into this category.
Why it got a 4.5: This was almost a 5. I really did enjoy it more than I did the first one and that is saying a lot since I really enjoyed the first book. I did not want to put the book down once I started reading it. RM did a great job of continuing the story while taking into account everything the characters have been through before. She did a fantastic job of tackling issues and moving the story forward in a very well paced way. I would recommend this series to pretty much anyone who likes PNR and YAAuthor Website: http://www.richellemead.com/