Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 10th April 2008
Series: Vampire Academy #2
Source: Own Copy
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 hand-to-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… - From Goodreads
After reading this book I feel like I want to crawl into Richelle Mead's head and wander round. She has created this amazing world with 2 types of vampires and a half breed which all interact with each other in specific ways. The Moroi are a peaceful non violent vampire who specialise in one specific branch of magic each. Due to the moroi being a peaceful race the "half breeds" also known as damphirs are charged with being the moroi's guardians. So far so good... There are then the vampires who have drained humans blood to the point of death or have been fed the blood of the Strigoi. These evil vampires only want to kill the Damphirs and Morois. Good huh!?!
Well in the second installment of this series I was pleased to see that Rose and the sizzlingly hot Dimitri still had some amazing moments. I absolutely love watching the dance that both of them preform. We know it can never happen yet both of them are itching for each other!! I also enjoyed watching the other relationships in the book play out, Rose and her mother, Rose and Lissa, Lissa and Christian, Rose and Mason and the ever charming Adrian.
This book played out in both the school and the school's ski lodge. I enjoyed this change of pace with a easing up on all the training Rose did in 'Vampire Academy' but not without the interaction with other guardians. I found this book slightly more difficult to get into as Rose had lost a bit of her "grin and bare it" attitude which she had in the first book. She seemed to complain a bit more at the start of the novel, but either she got over it quite quickly or I did, as I was soon engrossed in the story and had difficulty putting it down.
I am looking forward to the next in the series!