August 2008 (USA I think) Penguin
230 pages, Paperback
Yunaleska's overall rating: ♥♥♥♥
Summary from Penguin's website.
It's winter break at St Vladimir's, and a massive Strigoi vampire attack has put the school on high alert. This year's trip away from the academy to the wintery peaks of Idaho has suddenly become mandatory.
But Rose's troubles seem to follow her wherever she goes - dealing with the pain of knowing that her relationship with her tutor Dimitri can never be, things get even more complicated when one her closest friends admits his feelings for her.
The glittering winter landscape may create the illusion of safety but Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
Having read the first book, naturally I needed to read the second. I liked Rose a little less in this book, her attitude seemed quite different. However, the reason for this is revealed at the end, which had me looking at Rose in a totally different light. She spends less time with Lissa in this installment. The focus is more on her training as a Guardian (which involves hair-raising scenes which had me nearly in tears). The funniest new character was her mother - they don't exactly have a close relationship. I think few people get black eyes from their mothers during training. Rose learns that the dreams she aspires to aren't so amazing when they come true. Success comes at a huge price.
Liked this? Make sure you've read Book 1: Vampire Academy.