Sqeeeeeee. This series brings out the total fangirl in me. I want to shout from rooftops and dance on the bar with my own theme song for this series....moreSqeeeeeee. This series brings out the total fangirl in me. I want to shout from rooftops and dance on the bar with my own theme song for this series. I dunno what it would be, but I know, there would be lots of squealing, screaming and chanting :D
This is the second or third time I have read this, and I didn’t think it possible, but I actually enjoy it more and more each time. I pick up on new little details, or they may not be new, but just things that I didn’t remember from the last time.
Rose is a Dhampir, half human half vampire. Lissa is a princess and the last of her family, but also a Moroi (a mortal vampire). The dhampirs main role is to keep guard and protect the Moroi from Strigoi (immortal vampires who have no soul and whose existence is to kill. They have no emotion and are the baddest of all the baddies). Rose and Lissa attend the Academy where Rose is training to protect and Lissa learns about the magic Moroi possess. More importantly, Rose & Lissa are best friends, in fact, possibly the bestest friends that ever were and ever will be. Perhaps closer to sisters. They have a spiritual bond that developed when Lissa saved Rose from death an accident 2 years prior. Rose is so in tune with Lissas thoughts and emotions that it often pulls her in and makes it hard to separate Lissas feeling from her own. These girls are fiercely protective of one another and it’s almost as if it’s them against the world. Rose feels she was placed on the earth to protect Lissa. Lissa is Roses world and would do anything to keep Lissa happy and safe.
It is so great seeing Rose at the beginning. So aggressive and snarky, she definitely speaks and acts before she thinks. She reckons shes tough, but seeing her hit the deck so many times as she begins to train again opens her eyes and shows her she’s lacking. Her additional training with Dimitri (a guardian that the novices see as a god) is my favorite parts of this book and I adore their friendship. Rose has finally found someone to look up to and someone she wanted to impress. Someone whom Rose can truly be herself and completely honest with. I had a massive giggle out loud when Dimitri was telling Rose about what it was like to live in a Dhampir community and what happened to his dad.
Pg 185: “Wow.” I hadn’t thought Dimitri could be any cooler, but I was wrong. “You beat up your dad. I mean, that’s really horrible…what happened. But, wow. You really are a god.”……He still seemed to be puzzling over the god comment. Bahahahahahaha.
Pg 245: I yawned again. “Did you see that dress?” “I saw the dress.” “Did you like it?” He didn’t answer. I took that as a yes. “Am I going to endanger my reputation if I wear it to the dance?” When he spoke, I could barely hear him. “You’ll endanger the school.”
And one everyone loves this one! Pg 324: “No. If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.”
This first book did a wonderful job of setting up the world and the relationships. It leaves Rose and the others so much room to grow and mature. I loved every single word on every page and devoured it in almost one sitting. Re-reading it reminded me off everything I love about it and why it holds my number one spot. I am off to get my next Rose & Dimitri fix in Frost Bite... (less)
**spoiler alert** This series just gets better with each book. I can not get enough of it. I am just finished re-reading Vampire Academy yesterday but...more**spoiler alert** This series just gets better with each book. I can not get enough of it. I am just finished re-reading Vampire Academy yesterday but it sucked me straight back into this world and I don’t want to leave. I am re discovering so many small moments and details that I had forgotten in the big picture. I have read probably over 100 books since I finished this series, and I have enjoyed many of them, but I remember now why these books really are my favorites of all time.
Pg 11: My mood promptly shot up past “cheerful” and went straight to “ecstatic.” Me and Dimitri. Alone. In a car. This might very well be worth a surprise test……………..Maybe we’d get stranded in a snowbank, and only body heat would keep us alive. – I love the way she thinks :D
Rose really starts to think a little differently in this book. After walking in on the aftermath of the Badica massacre she sees firsthand what she is going to be up against once they graduate in 6 months time. It is a real eye opener for her. Rose still said and did a few silly things throughout. The way she spoke to Tasha was one of those, but she is 17 after all, and I would have been the same I guess. Her relationship with Dimitri is strained, but the tension is very much there.
Pg 21: I realized I was using a lot of can’t and don’t statements. It wasn’t easy having your core beliefs challenged.
Her relationship with Lissa is wonderful, but I can see how Rose is a lot less carefree in this book than she was in the first (and that’s saying something, cause she has never been carefree!). She seems to have a greater understanding for consequences and the reality of the responsibility guardians face. I feel sad for Rose as I can see that she feels lonely sometimes even though she is surrounded in people. Lissa has a boyfriend and they don’t seem to be talking like they used to. Even though I know she doesn’t, I was whispering to Rose, “Tell Lissa about Dimitri”. She didn’t hear me :( Lissa and Christian are kind of cute but I can see the distance it’s putting between her and Rose.
They are away at a ski resort over the holidays so that they could pool their guardian resources after it came to light that humans were assisting strigoi. It’s a wonderful setting and I love the winter wonderland Mead created. Rose lets her hair down a little and has some fun with Mason on the slopes. We get to know a bit more about Janine, Roses guardian mother, and her stellar reputation. Their interactions were minimal but it gave me a little more insight to Rose.
The banter between Adrian and Rose was always fun. I wonder what drew Rose to Adrian? He seemed to have a thing for her the moment they met. I liked it and am looking forward to more!
Pg: 142: Adrian to Rose “Rose Hathaway, I can’t wait to see you again. If you are this charming while tired & annoyed and this gorgeous while bruised and in ski clothes, you must be devastating at your peak.” “If by ‘devastating’ you mean that you should fear for your life, then year. You’re right.”
At around ¾ of this book, I knew nothing was ever going to be the same for Rose. She changed. Dramatically. She lost one friend to strigoi and could possibly have lost 3 more and her own. In captivity, Rose didn’t once think that someone might rescue her, she knew it was up to her to escape and continually tried to come up with a plan. I was so proud of her. I felt her melancholy, my heart broke for Mason and for her. She has seen so much already and her life is only just beginning.
Again I devoured every page and read it in one sitting. I am trying to go slow and savour each sentence, but that’s not working out so well for me. I am going straight on to Shadow Kiss…(less)