Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...
I’m glad that one of the ladies in my accounting class recommended this book series to me. I would always pick it up in the store but then I would put it back mostly because of the cover. To me the model looks like Angelina Jolie and I have a HUGE hate on that woman. But once I got over the fact that the model looks like her and the lady that suggested that I would like the series if I like House of Night Series and boy was she right.
Rose is someone I think I would be friends with. She puts up with no bullshit from anyone and will hand out a big can of whoop ass if needed. There is something about Lissa that I don’t care for. I can’t really put my finger on it but she isn’t one of my favourites. Maybe it’s her race or Moroi’s that I dislike. They seem so helpless – they are freaking vampires I think they should be able to hold their own.
There are a lot of hot guys in this novel so there should be at least one guy that every girl would like. I’m partial to Dimitri.
I think that VA it a perfect starting point for the series as we learn some background information about the characters, the school and how the Dhampir/Moroi system works. Richelle did an excellent job of keeping the real villain under wraps. I totally didn’t see it coming.
If you love the House of Night Series I can guarantee that you will like this one way more! I sure did and I’m glad I got over my issues with the cover. I should remember to never judge a book by its cover.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Would I let my 15 year old sister read: This one I am okay with as there isn’t a lot of swears and the sex references are not as blunt as in some series.
Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.5 x 8.35 x 0.95 in
Published: August 21, 2007
Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group
ISBN 13: 9780141328522
ISBN 10: 0141328525