August 2007, Razorbill
336 pgs., Paperbook
First in Vampire Academy series
From Back Cover:
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...
Spoilers Caution: As I’m late to the party I’m going to assume you’ve already read this book. If you don’t want vague details don’t read ahead.
In one word: Amazing.
Another YA that deals with real issues as well as being a purely good read. It deals with an issue close to my heart. You can tell the author truly understands cutting. As a former self-mutilator I could easily see that she understands the issue well.
But besides from that it was a truly good book. Rose and Demitri simply have got to get together. Lissa and Christian make a great couple and the fact that Rose has a bond with Lissa that lets us see her from that viewpoint helps to round her out as a fully developed character.
I hope they start to help Mia instead of having a cyclical vicious relationship throughout. Mason would be a good match for her as he seems the night in shining armor type and they could have little dhampirs.
If the next in the series as as good as the first this may easily become my new favorite series.
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