St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can see why people keep saying that Jennifer Armentrout‘s Covenant series is similar to VA. True, they do have a lot of similarities and parallel circumstances.
However, maybe because I read that one first and I was greatly spoiled by it, Half-Blood – the first book of the Covenant series – was written better, in my humble opinion. I thought the overall storytelling flowed much more fluidly than this did.
Now I don’t want to compare the two in terms of characters and the like because that would be unfair. But I have this much to say: I love Aiden St. Delphi more than Dimitri Belikov – probably because the latter wasn’t as involved in this opening installment than his counterpart so this could still change later on; Alex was such a kick-ass heroine – one of my all-time faves – but Rose isn’t that far behind; and lastly, I’m very happy and more than relieved that there doesn’t seem to be a “love triangle” in the equation (unless there will be a Seth and I just don’t know about it yet).
All in all, this book had given me the ‘happy hormones’ that I had been looking for – especially that part in the end with Rose and Dimitri. SWOON! Now on to the next.