Part of the Vampire Academy series
It's winter break at St Vladimir's, and a massive Strigoi vampire attack has put the school on high alert.
This year's trip away from the academy to the wintery peaks of Idaho has suddenly become mandatory. But Rose's troubles seem to follow her wherever she goes - dealing with the pain of knowing that her relationship with her tutor Dimitri can never be, things get even more complicated when one her closest friends admits his feelings for her. The glittering winter landscape may create the illusion of safety but Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2009
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780141328546
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by bookcrookliza
Ohh, ohhh, ohhh, I'm officially hooked! This was so much better than the first book. The first book was still actually good despite my nitpicking, but this surpassed it by far! Rose is growing on me a lot more and ahhhhhh! I laughed, I felt frustrated, I cried. I even had to blow my nose! I can actually identify a little more with Rose, especially with the boy problems. Those are not easy to go through and pitied her. And at the end of the book I actually felt a swell of pride for her while blowing my nose. I also really was affected by and felt the anger she had towards her Mother. I was literally fuming during a few scenes!I adore Christian for some reason. Honestly, I think he might be my favourite male character. Though I really like the addition of Adrian. He's cocky as a peacock, but I kind of like that about him. It gives him character obviously and I'm loving his storyline! And Mason. Such a sweetheart.
Review by littleton_pace
I really am a fan of these books. Rose is a fantastic character and a poster child of how to write a teenage girl. She is very much how I feel my friends and I were at that age. She drinks, she kisses boys, she has fun, but she never calls herself a slut, alcoholic, etc. She's just a normal teenager. Of course, she's also a vampire. One of the things I love about Rose is her imperfections, her insolence and her attitude are constantly her downfall and, though she recognizes this as an issue, she doesn't care to change herself. I find this such an admirable quality. Plus, she never goes off and whines about boy troubles. Her mind, though scattered, is in the right place. And I love that she is consistent (except for moments with Dimitri) when a lot of these lead characters in books similar to this have chapters where they go completely out of character. It annoys me that this book is compared to Twilight when it differs so much. Twilight had no character growth and all the characters were dull. Vampire Academy actually recognizes that characters need to change, choices always affect them, and making bad decisions is just a part of life.My issue (and I may be alone here) is that I don't at all buy her relationship with Dimitri. He creeps me out and I don't like how Rose acts when she's with him. I didn't much care for Mason either, but Adrian has me intrigued. I'm glad he's staying around. I also enjoyed the shift in Mia's character, and I LOVE that she and Rose are embarking on some sort of weird, fractured friendship. Even though they hate each other, they both saved each other's lives. That's one of the things I love most about these books, the focus is on friendship and loyalty, not boys. Rose's number one concern is her gifted best friend, Lissa, and everything else comes second, including the toxic relationship with her mother. I am concerned this series might delve into the horribly cringe-worthy teen romance that has become the norm of this genre, but the action and characters Richelle creates are definitely engaging. I hope she doesn't lose that edge in the books to come. I eagerly await reading book three! :)
Review by wyvernfriend
St Vladimir's Academy is on high alert, there are Strigoi conducting attacks on Moroi families, using humans to help. The prologue to this story summarisies what's gone before, reminding you of the world and the events of before, which I would have found very useful if I hadn't just read the previous book.This is interesting, I think a better book than the first, but I like where it's going and I'm curious as to what is going to happen next. Occasionally Rose was stupid and insensetive (I really felt sorry for her mother) but she was quite consistent as a character.I'm looking forward to more in this series.
Review by katie1802
Why is this so addictive? Also, why am I so attracted to sarcastic guys like Christian? Its starting to worry me big time. Rose is awesome and I love how this is told from her feisty female perspective rather than from perfect little Lissa.
Review by SilverThistle
So much better than the first one (which was ok, but left me undecided whether I'd want to read on into the series). Stayed up late last night to finish it and was even moved to shed a tear at the end there. <br/><br/>Lissa doesn't seem so needy in this one and I'm sort of feeling the Dimitri/Rose thing but it's still got a bit to go before I'm sucked in completely. Almost there though....