Summary: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. There 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 . . .
I can see why this series is loved by so many. It has everything I love as a reader: friendship, romance, and a healthy dose of action. Yet, for some reason, I just couldn’t click with it as much as I wish I could have.
In Mead’s series, there are two types of vampires: Moroi (mortal, “good” vampires) and Strigoi (immortal, “evil” vampires). Each Moroi is given a dhampir (half Moroi, half human) to protect them from the Strigoi.
Rose Hathaway is a dhampir. Her best friend Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi. For as long as she can remember, Rose has protected Lissa. But, after two years of hiding in the human world, they are finally caught and dragged to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a hidden school for Moroi and dhampirs.
Rose is the kind of protagonist you can’t help but love. She’s sassy, she’s fierce, and she’ll do anything for Lissa. You can’t help but root for her as a character, and there are so many scenes when I found myself cheering her (and her witty comebacks) on.
The friendship between Rose and Lissa is by far one of the highlights of the story. Both girls are incredibly snarky and sassy, but it’s clear how much they truly care for each other. It’s rare to find such genuine friendship in YA – especially in the fantasy department – but Rose and Lissa’s friendship felt so genuine.
Where I found myself a little ambivalent was the romance. It was nice and sweet, but I didn’t really feel connected to it as much as most people seem to. The angst between Rose and the love interest Dimitri felt so unnecessary, and I wish it was cut back just a tad.
Nonetheless, this is surely a good start to what is sure to be an entertaining series. I can’t wait to see what happens to Rose, Lissa, and the rest of the characters next.