Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
I enjoyed this book but definitely not as much as the first book. Rose’s flair to state-the-obvious, in particular, was pretty annoying. I assumed the author was trying to rehash the action from the previous book so that someone who hadn’t read it would be able to follow along too….However, the manner it was done in wasn’t particularly elegant and there was more “tell” than “show.” This book just seemed to re-establish world-building already done in the previous book. There was less plot and action, more just sharing information.
The beginning of this book does have a pretty good hook although it might have been more interesting to skip to the scenes with more action/suspense. The new plot twist which emerges in this book is used to the point of “over-use.” It is continuously emphasized throughout the book and usually weaved into other “plot twists.”
Unfortunately the blurb pretty much sums up most of the plot/action in the book…Which leads me to believe that the only reason I enjoyed this book and didn’t anticipate most of the “plot twists” was because I hadn’t read the blurb before hand.
Would I Recommend It? Maybe. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped but.. I also don’t regret reading it – especially if the rest of the books in the series are better.
Rating: 3.5 stars