About: Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret …. She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it-s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…
What I loved: I really enjoyed the ghost storyline in this book and finding out more about Anna (how she relates to Rose). The history of what has happened before and how it is correlating to events happening in the present was well written and enjoyable. I also liked the friendship growing between Christian and Rose. The ending of the book was emotionally powerful–will only tell you to grab a hanky!
What I liked: I liked the whole book but it wasn’t as good a read as the first two. Then again, I think it really served it’s purpose to move along the story, give you some background, and give you a glimpse into what is in store for Rose/Lissa after graduation. I think it also grew some of the characters that were minor before but growing in importance: Adrian and Eddie.
What was so-so: Lissa–maybe it was because this really showed the strain that the bond has on Rose but I thought Lissa was being selfish this book. I know Rose is her guardian but the end scene between the two made me want to scream at Lissa to quit being a spoiled little princess(up until then–I think I gave her slack due to Rose not being communicative about the bond, the stresses, and other things going on in her life).
Why I gave it a 3.5: This is still a very good book just not as strong as the others. I think the series will go back to the 4 range in the next book. I would recommend this to any YA or PNR reader (please read in order though).
Author Website: http://www.richellemead.com/