Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Others in the Series: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, & Blood Promise
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he's out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.
I should start with the reason why this book got a lower score than the other books. Basically, I was upset with Rose's behavior towards Dimitri. I honestly thought that it wouldn't be possible what they did, and when they did I was just shocked, but I guess you should expect it since there's still one more book. Anyways, I understand her love for him and wanting him to run into her arms, but she has to remember everything they went through. It might not have mattered to her, but it mattered to him since he was the one who was doing it. I'd be surprised if he had run into her arms the first time. This was more real, but I hated the way Rose reacted to everything. He obviously needed space, and this might shock her, but it's not all about her. She's given a lot, but the way she acted made me think about how selfish she could be and I didn't like that at all.
Really, I wish this book and the last one were written again but from Dimitri's point of view, because what he went through was huge. And there's the matter of forgiveness. Did Rose truly forgive him or did she really want to believe she forgave him? Dimitri saw something there, which is why he pushed himself away from her, and I don't think she realized that. I do believe Dimitri loves her, but this is a big thing.
But I did like this almost as much as the others. The drama in the Moroi world is heating up, and the ending had me going "WTF".
I really don't know what else to say that I haven't said about the other books. It's just great. The character's get better and better. I was so happy with Lissa for the first time that she didn't let Rose go off by herself, and I honestly couldn't believe what Rose, Lissa, and Eddie did in order to get Robert, but I wasn't surprised how it ended. Of course they would run off.
What did shock me, besides Dimitri and the ending, was what Rose did with Adrian. Okay, so you try to move on, understood, but you don't really love the guy and are trying hard. The nonsex scene had me wondering where Rose's head was. I mean, who are you trying to fool here?
I'm just being mean to Rose right now, but she had it coming with her behavior.
So glad Richelle decided to keep Sydney around, even if it was like one scene. And Lissa's dad? Wow. I guess both brother and father are a disappointment to her. I feel bad for her because of that. Though this isn't right out said until the last book, still, you can already imagine what is going on here.
Overall it was as good, though I want to slap Rose on more than one occasion, but that's my personal opinion.