Release Date: April 19th, 2008
Age Group: Young Adult
Categories: Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, Action, Vampire Academy
Overall: 5 Monkeys
Date Read: December 2010
Summary from Goodreads:
My Opinion: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…
I'm beginning to see why everyone loves this series so much. I'm sure I don't have to tell you what this book's about, I'm the one who jumped on the wagon a little late. And you can't really blame me for starting this series so late, I just learned about them last year.
I love Richelle's vampire world, with its Moroi, Strigoi and Dhampirs. Vampires doing magic and controlling the elements, that's something original! (if you don't count that certain other vampire book).
If there's something I love, that's a good romance. The sexual tension between Rose and Dimitri is amazingly written, in a way that sometimes I'd think, "Just kiss him already!" The love they have for each other feel real, not forced nor rushed.
There's action in every chapter, it never gets boring.
I'll read Shadow Kiss next. I need to know how this continues!