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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I just loved the story, everything played out in order. All surprising, unexpected but fit the story as if it were happening. Great book, I loved it and will read it again. I have recommended it to friends too!! I have read the series and cant wait for the 6th book in the series. Its everything I could ask for in a young love, vampire, society and adventure story!!
What I Loved: This is one of the rare YA novels where neither of the lead characters got on my nerves, in fact they were both appealing and engaging. Their relationships with each other (best friends) and others were well written and fun to read. They were teenagers, they did some very "teenage" like things, but they were not annoying. The pacing of the story was fantastic and kept me interested until the very end.
The story was ok, but I agree with many others, the narration is awful, she emphasizes the wrong words and reads in a cadence that just isn't pleasant at all. I think the story gets a little boring too, it drags on a bit...I was a little disappointed.
I expected this to be ok to average and was pleasantly surprised when the it was actually very good, interesting and kept finding myself unable to wait until I could get back to the book and listen. Good dialogue, great build up of the characters and realistic endings - it's not always girl gets boy or boy gets girl, sometime life gets in the way - and it was great fiction with enough reality to make it fun :)
See? Everyone who read this book had loved it. Why not give it a try? Honestley, in my opinion, this book is so much better than the twilight saga. I read lots of books like this, and I can asure you it's one of the best!!
I will not go on to the other books...the story line is predictable, the characters not very deep...it's a light youth read.
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