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.
Once again, I thought this book was good, but I was anticipating it would be better than it was because of all the hype. The characters were okay, except I found it a bit irritating that Lissa tended to play the martyr sometimes, and Rose was a bit too cocky and presumptuous for my liking. I didn't find many of the characters to be relate-able,and I was thinking that Rose and Lissa need to kiss and just get over the sexual tension already ;).
The plot was genius and made me forget that I didn't like the characters too much and that was what kept me reading through the book. Richelle Mead has a gift for writing and I will consider reading Shadow Kiss for sure.