Published by Penguin
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
I bought this book ages ago and picked it in the last week. I hadn't picked it up because I was worried about reading the same old vampire thing again but I was really worrying about nothing.
Mead's Vampires are not the same old Vampires. I loved that she had her own twist on the vampire genre which made the book original in its ideas and the series as a whole has a huge amount of promise to be kick ass awesome! Loads of ideas and story lines have been set up and I for one am very excited to see where they go.
I loved the character of Rose. She is so feisty but still a bit of the softy at heart when it comes to her best friend Lissa. I imagine she will get stronger and stronger as the series progresses. I loved her sarcasm and the way in which she always acted like nothing could touch her even though inside she was feeling it. I was really intrigued by her relationship with Lissa and fascinated by the bond that made their connection special. There were a whole host of other characters that I also liked and I hope they get a bit more screen time in future books such as Mason (very adorable) and Dmitri (very hot) and the mysterious Christian.
I loved the story arc surrounding the Royal vampires and the political intrigue that surrounded them. The whole concept is fascinating and I imagine will generate a huge deal of riveting and exciting story lines as the series progresses.
The main story gives the reader an introduction into Mead's world of Vampires. As it is the first in a long line of books not a huge amount happens as you are being settled into the backdrop of the story. That said the storyline that does exist twists and turns nicely, with the hint of a mystery thrown in which the resolution of which I didn't see coming!
A fine first book which sets up a huge amount of plot lines and ideas which if explored well will make for an excellent series.