From Goodreads: Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.
She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?
Note: I am going to do a spoiler free review so much of what I have to say is very general. I put off writing this because almost everything I wanted to say was full of spoilers. That being said if you read the complaints section (which will have to be highlighted to read) it is full of spoilers. Also, if you have not read the first books in the series some of what I say is maybe spoilerish.
What I Loved: Rose, Dimitri, Christian, Sydney, and Lissa’s journey into becoming their own decision makers. Each were presented with challenges, decisions, and life changing things that they met head on without backing down. They each had the choice of going several different ways but each chose the right path for them. I think it was a true representation of the choices they would make after all that they had been through. Kudos to Richelle Mead for not backing down and taking the easy way out. She truly showed that when you become an adult that you have to make decisions and do things that will impact your life forever.
Another thing that I really loved was the role that the adults played: older guardians, parents, teachers, and decision makers. Rose’s parents are the perfect example and it isn’t just because I adore Abe. I often complain in YA that it appears all the “adults” just disappear but not in this book. I won’t go into detail but I think this was a good representation of all of the people in this world. Especially the last few chapters, let me just say there is a scene that made me grin because it showed that Rose was an adult but still looked at her parents like any 18/19 year old would. I was very glad to see that kind of thing in the book.
My Favorite Passages:
(Rose and Dimitri)ʺNo. You have to destroy Strigoi because theyʹre evil. Because thatʹs what we do. If you want the nightmares to go away, you have to live. Thatʹs the only way. We could have died just now. We didnʹt. Maybe weʹll die tomorrow. I donʹt know. What matters is that weʹre alive now.ʺ
(Christian and Lissa)ʺReal sleep. You need it.ʺ He crawled in beside her, spooning against her and resting his face on her shoulder. ʺOf course, afterward, if you want to conduct any official Council business . . .ʺ ʺI swear, if you say ‘Little Dragomirs,ʹ you can sleep in the hall.ʺ
Pretty much anything Abe said during the whole book! Seriously one of the best characters ever.
What I Liked: I really liked the roles that the supporting characters played. They were all crucial and added to the storyline quite a bit. In fact, it was because of those roles that the pieces of the puzzle finally came together in the end.
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Why I gave it a 4: This is one of the few “last in series” books that I have to say delivered. Richelle did a good job of wrapping things up but leaving things open for a new series to start. I don’t even want to imagine how hard that must of been! The only reason this was a 4 not a 5 was because of me the reader. There is no way she could of pleased everyone with everything. This truly will go down as one of my favorite series of all time!
Who I would recommend this too: If you are a fan of this series then you have by now picked up the book or will soon. I would recommend this to any PNR or YA fan. This is one of those series that even the worst book was still good!
Author Website: http://www.richellemead.com/
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