The second part in the Vampire Academy series takes us further along the path of Rose Hathaway. Her life is anything but easy; her gorgeous mentor Dimitri is spending way too much time with his “friend” Tasha; she is constantly getting pulled into Lissa’s head while she and Christian do naughty things; Mason, one of her friends is crushing on her and to top things off her mother comes to stay at St. Vladimir’s Academy due to the increasing number of strigoi’s attacks on the moroi.
Yes, Rose’s life is hectic and confusing and that doesn’t change when the academy takes them on a ski trip. In the cosy and luxurious cabin in the mountains another character is introduced; the rich and handsome prince Adrian Ivashkov. Rose is sort of (but not really) juggling three potential love interests and the atmosphere in the moroi and dhampir community grows tenser by the day. Finally a shocking ending to the book changes everything and Rose is suddenly forced to grow up.
This novel was in a way better than the first book since we already know the characters and their individual stories but I wasn’t that convinced by it. For me, the book (the entire series to be honest) lacks a certain depth and the simplistic writing style doesn’t help. Sure, I read it pretty fast but nothing really stayed with me. I was engaged enough that I wanted to see where the story was going but my heart wasn’t really in it.
Rose however, continues to be awesome, mainly because she can take care of herself and doesn’t wait around for men to save her. She knows how to fight, always puts Lissa first and she manages to resist Adrian’s charm. Though I feel like her life revolves around boys way too much, there is some character development regarding her relationship with her mother. Lissa is starting to bother me a lot, I kind of hate her princess role but Christian is amazing in this book, especially in the end.
While the series is worth a read, it lacks the emotional depth and real action. Not a lot goes on in the book until the final hundred pages. Rose and Dimitri are great together but her confusion with Mason and Adrian was just too much (I love Adrian by the way, but feel like Rose and Dimitri are perfect for each other). I will read the entire series again but after that I don’t think I’ll pick it up again any time soon.
You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.
Richelle Mead, Frostbite