Updated: Dec 25, 2022
Times Read: 1
Excerpt: "Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest 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. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger... and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever..."
My Rambles: In all honesty I finally read this because of the tv show Peacock put out. It saddens me so much to say that I am enjoying the show more than the book. I'm guessing most of it is being back in teenage girl mindset, first person, and I haven't done that in a hot minute. I also have massive issue with the trope of teen/mentor (this case 17f/24m) and I'm tired of it being used. It's easier to forget in the show because the academy feels more like college than high school, which likely helps in my preference for it over the book.
The way Rose talks/narrates is the full stereotype of rambling teen girl that is off putting after not thinking that way in years. It makes it hard to actually see what's going on around her. I get that being hidden away in Montana is supposed to a blurry dullness but the school would have been fun. School gossip is just as exhausting as I remember it. I'm very curious to see how it proceeds from here, especially with the differences from the show.