by Richelle Mead
Second book in the Vampire Academy series
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 enjoyed getting a closer look at Rose's relationship with her mother. Rose has always talked about how she feels about her mother, but this was our first chance to see it first-hand.
I also loved the development of Rose and Dimitri's relationship. I can't believe how long it took for Rose to realize that there was something more than friendship between Dimitri and Tasha. I'm a very firm Dimitri/Rose shipper (probably more invested in their relationship than I should be) but I wouldn't have minded seeing Dimitri and Tasha together for a little while.
Before Mason died, I kind of wished it was easier for me to ship Rose/Mason but they lacked the passion that Rose and Dimitri have. I absolutely loved the scene where Rose and Dimitri kiss. I might have screamed out loud. Also the roof scene where Rose tells Dimitri that she just wants him to be happy. SO CUTE. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried over Mason's death. I still haven't come to terms with it.
I liked the additions of Tasha and Adrian. Tasha's speech was so amazing. I loved it when she set the guy's sweater on fire. I'm not really sure what I think about Adrian. On one hand, he's a jerk but on the other, I'm intrigued by the fact that he's another spirit user. I just can't believe it took Rose so long to figure it out.
Overall: 9.5/10 Great second installment to the series and I can't wait to continue!