I thinks it’s safe to say that this series probably has the worst book covers ever created. They’re pretty bad. I have known about the series for a while – I think it’s been going for about 7 years now – but the covers always put me off. They just look so juvenile and half-arsed.
I’ve been watching a lot of booktube the last few months, and ReadbyZoe acknowledged the bad covers, but said that this was one of her favourite series, so I decided to give the books the benefit of the doubt.
From the blurb:
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .
I didn’t actually read the blurb before I started reading the book, I just dived right in. All I knew when I started was that Rose was half vampire, attending a school for Vampires/ Vampire hybrids.
To be honest, after reading the book, the description seems a bit misleading.
At the start of the book Rose and Lissa are in a shared house in Portland, having run away from the academy 2 years ago. Lissa is a Moroi princess: Moroi are living vampires, they feed from humans and have magical powers but they aren’t immortal. Rose is a Dhampir, which is a half human- half vampire, and was training to be a Guardian. Guardians are sworn to protect the Royal families of the Moroi from all enemies but particularly from the Strigoi, the dead vampires who feed from humans to kill and are immortal. They are also really evil.
Lissa is reluctant to feed from humans, meaning that she relies on Rose for sustenance. In this world Dhampirs allowing a Moroi to feed from them is a taboo. The Dhampir allowing the feeding is called a bloodwhore. Rose worried that she is becoming addicted to the substance in Vampire saliva that gives the victim a sort of high during feeding, but feels it is her duty to protect Lissa.
Shortly after the feeding, the Guardians arrive; Rose puts up a fight but is no match for them and the girls are taken back to the Vladimir’s Academy.
When they arrive Rose and Lissa have to try and fit in with their peers once more, whilst hiding how close they have become outside of the academy. Rose is once again training you become Lissa’s guardian, and trying to deal with the usual high school dramas.
Some of the characters are well written, Rose I’m particular is kick-arse. This book touches on sexuality and mental illness. Rose is quite promiscuous in terms of physical affection without going all the way with her suitors, and a big deal is made out of this, with a lot of minor characters judging her, calling her names. Of course the boys are rock stars for the same behaviour.
Overall I gave this 3/5 stars on Goodreads; it was well written, and has a promising start, but didn’t completely blow me away.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.