Published: August 25'th 2009
Page Count: Hardback, 503
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
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Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? - Good Reads
I had one of those wonderful days reading - the weather was rather chilly and I lounged around in my husbands sweater with tons of blankets piled on me and read and read and read. I'm really homesick for Siberia, which is my families home and this was the perfect read for that since most of it takes place there... though not too close to our hometown, but close enough. Unfortunately I ended this evening not being too happy with the YA population. My husband and I got in a car accident because a teenage girl was going way too fast and didn't yield going left on the light while we were going straight on green. Thankfully our car is still running and the damage wasn't extensive - mostly because my husband is badass at defensive driving and swerved just the right way at just the right time. Rose heard some Russian swearing in this book, but I'm sure that paled in comparison to the words that were flying out of my mouth in Russian tonight. I was a little livid... But I cooled off once I saw how upset the girl was. According to the police officer though... this was her FOURTH accident... Anyway. What a day.
This book started out a little slow for me and sometimes I get annoyed in series when they feel they need to explain everything that happened previously because it makes me want to skip past it and skipping is never a good thing. It reminds me of The Babysitter's Club Little Sister books - the ones with Karen. The first chapter was always blah blah blah about her family. KAREN, I KNOW YOU HAVE TWO OF EVERYTHING, OK? I totally and completely understand why it's there, but it still bothers me every time. The book quickly picked up though, even though it felt like there were a massive amount of reminders sprinkled throughout the book.
I was nervous about this book, because I was afraid about how Richelle Mead would depict Russia. A lot of times in books it's depicted as this dreary and depressing poverty filled country with an elaboration on corruption. And I've heard enough in my lifetime to be a very defensive person about it. (Whenever Rose made a dig at Dimitri in earlier books, I'd get a little butthurt, because they're things I've heard millions of times before). Thankfully, Richelle Mead did not hurt my national pride. Her depictions were a little off, yes, but they weren't degrading and that's important to me. Her church descriptions were incorrect again. The Russian Orthodox still do not sit in pews and the Easter service, which is called Pascha (even in English speaking Orthodox churches) is a midnight service, not a morning service. Olena isn't a Russian name, it's Ukrainian, the Russian version is Elena. Paul isn't a Russian name as well... the correct version is Pavel. Other than that I won't complain.
This book was really emotional. And Dimitri is kind of exciting as a Strigoi. Well, despite wanting to rule the world ala Pinky and the Brain brain brain brain. I don't know if I was off my game while reading it or if Richelle really played it out well, but I totally didn't see anything that happened towards the end and at the end coming. I was honestly floored. Especially the whole Abe situation. Now looking back I totally get it and I'm kicking myself for not having outsmarted the book ahead of time. I'm such a betrayer though, because while I love Dimitri... I really love Adrian too. And I'm so caught between the two! Dimitri is great on one side, but Adrian is just... perfect for me! There was a great mix of action and grieving in the book and I love how even being oceans away Rose and Lissa are still as close as ever and Lissa is still active in the book.
Great, great book! I've rambled long enough, I think! And I'm introducing a new rating system. HELLO KITTY!
5 out of 5 Hello Kitties!
Oh, and P.S. This song reminded me a lot of the book... It's Russian, but I uploaded it to my account with English subtitles! Very fitting!