Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won’t join him, he won’t rest until he’s silenced her…forever.
What I Loved: The second half of the book. There is a moment where the pace, story, and character development really take off and reminded me of what I have loved about the series so far. I loved the secondary characters: Abe, Eddie, Mia, Christian, Queen T, Adrian. I think they really were the “stars” of this book.
What I Liked: I liked that Lissa was redeemed a little in this book. I think she is still a snotty spoiled brat but RM made her more likable. The detail put into each “adventure”: Alaska, Las Vegas, Court was also very well done (I don’t want to give-away anything but if you read the book you will understand).
What was So-So/Didn’t Like: Ugh! Last night when I finished the book I gave it a 4 because it had such a strong ending but after thinking about it, I didn’t really like the pace. It was uneven. The first part of the book was not a very strong follow up to the book that had come before it. Also I thought there were 1 or 2 moments where Rose did some very “unlike” Rose things. Including towards the end and I am still really unsure of how I feel about that.
Why I gave it a 3: Overall, I did enjoy the book. It transitioned the characters from school to adulthood with all the growing pains that go into that phase in life. I am unsure if I like where the story is going but since the next book is the last one, I will reserve judgment. I know everyone is Team D or Team A–I am not really team either as they both have enough flaws and so does Rose that I am not sure it would be healthy for any of them to be together. However, I am Team Christian—I just really love what RM has done with his character. If he could make Lissa a little less “Lissa” that would be great!
I would recommend this book to any fan of the series. A lot of people liked this book more than I did so please take that into consideration. It is a really good series and this book was still really good to read!
Author Website: http://www.richellemead.com/
Challenges: 100 Book Challenge
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