Rose and Lissa are besties and have been for a long time. This goes beyond their relationship of Rose as the Dhampir (protector) and Lissa as the Moroi (vampire royalty). They've got something special going on. And not like bow chicka bow wow special just like a really close bond that isn't quite explainable. As in Rose can feel Lissa’s feelings and experience what she’s experiencing, even when she’s far away and even when she doesn’t mean to. Crazy, right?
Anyway, Rose and Lissa had ran away from the Vampire Academy because weird stuff started to happen and Rose didn’t feel like she was safe. They get captured, come back, and stuff seems to be kinda normal again...until someone starts sending Lissa animals that are so near death that Lissa is tempted to heal them which is totally unknown and secret and drains her and makes her kind of scary.
I wanted to be head over heels for VA. I really did. But I honestly found the first half to ⅔ of the book being all about the mystery and not enough about the action. I stuck with it because I love Rose and thought her voice was hilarious and snarky and surely something good will come of that. And it did! I just had to be patient. Okay also I was in it for the swoon but can you BLAME ME? Hot older teacher man Dimitri? Brooding loner boy Christian? Honestly. But lucky for me, stuff gets REAL in the last ¼ of the book which was a great feeling...I just wish it had happened sooner, that’s all.
I’ll be checking out the next book in the next few months, probs. I hear the series gets better and better from here!
Fave quote: "Are you more psycho than usual? She's my best friend. And why are you still following me?" (Rose 266)
Pairs well with: Late night reading. Because they're always awake at night being vampires and vampire protectors and all. GET IN THE ZONE.
Fix er up: More action, please!