Overall Impression: ****
Who/What decided me: With the latest and last in the series having just come out, a lot of blogs have been raving about all of the books and I wanted to be a part of the action. If so many people liked it, it couldn’t be that bad, right?
Short synopsis (Goodreads): Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.
Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladmir's on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians-including the legendary Janine Hathaway...Rose's formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks. This year, St. Vladmir's holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose-and her heat-are in more danger than she ever could have imagined.
My Review: Confession: I really liked this book. The first one was okay, diverting, but this one blew me away! It wasn’t even so much the plot (although that was still good) but the characters, more particularly Rose.I thought that I would be annoyed by Rose as a character. She was okay in the first book, but reading this next one has really given me a chance to get to know her better. Sure, she does some stupid things, is petty, but what makes her so awesome is she knows it. She’s flawed and she knows it. In my book , recognition is more than half the battle and if someone is being a dork, but they have an inner dialogue and they realize that they need to improve, that is 50 points in their favor of being better the next time.
I hate it in a book when the main character is so clueless and ridiculous that you just can’t stand them. Rose would be that way too, if you didn’t see her more responsible inner thoughts. Thus I like her and am able to relate to her A LOT more than if she was all just surface foolishness. This made the book spectacular for me and I am really looking forward to continuing with the series.
AHHH, curse me and my stupid curiosity! Something I just learned--NEVER, EVER! if you are interested in a series, read the summary’s for the following books. Just flow with it. I was eager to get the next two in line so I went on to my library’s website to order. Harmless, right? WRONG! In just one quick skimmed sentence a HUGE plot piece was revealed and I cursed the website for giving too much away! How could they? Now I’ll just have to read the series really quick so that I don’t dwell on it too long and instead find out what really happens. *still fuming*