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.
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Not being much of a vampire fan, I decided to read this book on a whim. Gladly, all of the reviews that declared how great it were, I fully agree with. I sat and listened to the entire book, with only a 3hr break to sleep a little. Someone had compared it to the Twilight Saga, and I also would say I believe it definitely can give it a run for its money.
I really enjoyed the narrator Stephanie Wolf. I thought she had a tremendous range with the diversity of the voices and gave each character a very personable and relatable dynamic.
No, but I checked out Frostbite (book 2) along with book 1. The narrator on book 2 (Khristine Hvam) was not as strong as Stephanie Wolf on book 1. Hvam read every sentence with the same cadence and no relevant emotion to what was happening. I had to turn off the audio several times even though I was on a 1,000 mile drive. I had a very hard time listening to narrator Hvam and never felt like I was absorbed into the story.
Narrator Stephanie Wolf was excellent. I'm disappointed to see that Hvam reads book 3 as well. I'll stick to reading the rest on my own.
The narration for this book was supremely lacking. Although she managed a Russian accent well, the voices she used to differentiate the rest of the students made them sound like munchkins straight out of Oz. If it wasn't so laughable it would be truely awful. The story itself has lots of potential, and I have to hope that the characters mature a little in tthe sequel as the series progresses because the glorification of the drinking, revenge taking, promiscuity is fairly off-putting. I'm all about the romance, and I don't think I'm particularly hard to please. I am going to move on to the next book only because I see they found another reader.
The narrator was not particularly nuanced in the reading of dialogue, and her voices for everyone but Demitri were painful. Truely painful.
Wonderfull book. the last 2 books are esp great cuz they add in sound effects and it makes you feel like you are in the book and can actually visualize what is going on. 2 thumbs up.
The end was very suspenseful, downloaded book 2 just so I get to know what happens next!
Needed something easy to listen to and this was the perfect story. I used to love vampire books as a teen and this was very enjoyable to read!
The story begins with the characters, Lissa - a Moroi (living vampire) princess - and Rose - Lissa's Dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) protector already on the run. Shortly thereafter they are captured and returned to St. Vladimir's, a school where the young Moroi and Dhampir are trained.
In a twist from traditional mythology there are 2 types of vampires, the Moroi who live lives like humans (except for the requirement to take in blood as well as food and sensitivity to light) and the more traditional Strigoi (the dead). Richelle Mead builds up a very engaging world for her characters to inhabit, having to spend a moderate amount of time actually expanding this world during the story.
Most of the action (in true YA style) is built around the interactions between the main characters and the other students at the Academy. Both of reintegration and the invariable clique building (imagine if your High School had both commoners and various nobles attending it. It makes the jocks vs nerds stuff look tame, in particular since everyone there either knows magic or is insanely strong/fast). There is an overarching storyline that keeps the plot moving.
Much darker than most books of this genre, with more action and topics that you don't normally see (talk of suicide, drinking, sex).
I love romantic historical novels.
Rose kick ass. I like the way the book is about a frindship more then the romance there is groing betwin Rose and Demitrie. But still, i realy like the small little hints, that there is somthing betwin Rose and Demitrie. The book is great. And it is hard to stop reading, when you first is started.
Kelley Armstrongs series. Woman of the otherworld. Sookie Stackhous series (True blood tv serie) by Charlaine Harris and the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. The alle have the supernatruel in them. Its about frindship, love and the trubel there comes whit it all. The good fighting the bad. And the girls kick ass in them all.
I don't have a fav scene. But there is some scenes, that makes the storry better. I like the scene when Demitrie stop Rose make out whit a boy. That is where you get a hint, that he feels somthing for her. And where Liza is traying to protekt Rose from the rumers at the school. Rose is hurt by the rumers. You see her as a girl whit feelings, and Liza get her self together.
I smiled and laugh but not cry. I did live my self in to the storry.
If you like supernatruel novels, This book is one to bay.
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This book was fantastic. I worry when I start a book series, for fear that it will be a disappointment. I was 1/4 of the way through when I realized that it was much much too short. I wanted it to go on. Then, I immediately bought the next book in the series, so that I wouldn't have to go on without the story. Great job! Loved it all. Intoxicating from start to finish. I found myself rooting for the characters, caught up in their lives, and wanting it to never end. It says it's for the younger adult market, but as a wife and mother, I find the market perfect for me. If you like Twilight, you'll love this series. I promise!
Love Rose and Dimitri. Actually... I love them all. But these two have a connection that you dream above, and that cements the story together.
I enjoyed it. I think she has a pleasant voice. I'd not think twice before getting another book read by her.
SEVERAL moments. It captures your attention from start to finish.
I have all of Richelle Mead's books. I have enjoyed everything she has written. This series, and the Suckubus series are my favorites. Mead is a great writer, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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