Source & Format: bought for Kindle
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 definitely didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought it was a decent story, and I probably would’ve been obsessed with it if I had read it while I was in high school. Now that I have been out of high school for about nine years (Wow, I’m old), it didn’t appeal to me quite so much. I had a really hard time NOT getting irritated at the petty drama surrounding the students, and the way so much was invested in their social standing. If it hadn’t been the kindle daily deal the other day, I probably wouldn’t have read it at all.
It tells the story of a school for young vampires. On the one side, we have the Moroi, who are the super special kids. On the other side, the dhampirs, who are just meant to give up their entire lives to be guardians for the Moroi. No, seriously. They spend their lives guarding them. This immediately confused me, because they are supposedly so much stronger than the Moroi. Why wouldn’t you just form an uprising and take your lives back? That’s what I would do.
“She felt so much emotionally, she would say, that a physical outlet- physical pain- was the only way to make her internal pain go away. It was the only way she could control it.”
“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”
Anyway, putting that aside, I did like it. It had a good storyline that kept me intrigued, characters that I cared about, and a little bit of a mystery that kept me wanting more. I do plan to read the rest of the series at some point.