Author: Richelle Mead
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Cheers Factor: 4/5
Pairing: Prisoner Red Blend by Orin Swift
This one is the same for the whole series!
Take a Shot: Rose and Dmitri can’t be together for obvious reasons. Tasha Ozera comes into the picture and clearly has eyes for Dimitri however, Rose is intent to not let it get to her so she starts dating the loving and adorable Mason. However, things are starting to get weird and our characters are starting to learn the Strigoi are getting smart which could be life threatening for our favorite Moroi and Dhampir alike.
“‘This changes everything doesn’t it?’ I asked.
‘Yeah,’ he said. “It does.’”
I like the setting of this title more than the first of this book. I enjoyed that it takes place more away from the school and we get to see our characters outside of the academic setting.
My favorite character of this series is introduced in this book so it obviously takes the cake for 5/5. There’s a really great broadening of characters that appear in Rose and Lissa’s lives and it makes it much more interesting. Plus I like a villain redemption arc and we start to get that with one character in this one so it’s nice.
Plots and Themes
I like the stakes of the plot more in this one than the first one. There’s a greater sense of urgency in this book behind all of the actions of our characters and the plot moves quickly with it to the ultimate ending. I do think occasionally it felt very convenient how a lot of the characters were able to solve their problems. However, I did love the obvious way the plot allowed Rose to become a true leader that people are willing to follow. I also appreciate the move Rose makes away from her forbidden love given that she’s still a minor. It’s a nice move that I think Mead executed well in order to avoid it becoming more problematic than what is originally implied as already kind of is.
I like the pivot this book takes from the first one and definitely recommend sticking around with the series even if the first wasn’t a favorite.
Reasons to Raise a Glass: STRONG. FEMALE. CHARACTER., realistic stakes and consequences
Too Strong: convenience of plot lines, questionable age gap relationship (it’s not aggressive, but definitely there and definitely something to consider)
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Okay right off the bat I want to say this book stepped up the game of the series. I love that Rose is back to being a badass despite being behind in her training. She’s surely made up for it which is great to read about. I also love the opening of this book. It really sets the tone for where our characters are going. The fact that Rose is supposed to take her exam with an infamous guardian who then tragically is killed by Strigoi as well as the entire family he was a guardian for.
The character development in this book is so refreshing and helpful for a second book. We see Rose starting to grow up and becoming more mature which I think is really incredible. I enjoy seeing her truly becoming a guardian she is meant to become. Her actions in the end of the novel when it came to saving Mia, Eddie, Mason, Christian and herself. The other reason I love the characters in this book is the addition of Adrian Ivashkov. He’s such an intriguing character that I love and he’s the typical brooding bad boy that I’m clearly in love with.
I also love the ending because we always hear about the molnija marks and the students always assume they are so badass and cool, but once Rose has killed two Strigoi she realizes it’s more a necessary evil than something to celebrate. I love the scene where she gets her marks and the somber nature it’s given. I truly love it.
Overall, this is a quick read that didn’t take me long and it’s a good second book to start pivoting the storyline in the right direction for the remainder of the series.
“Nobody said ‘congratulations,’ and I was glad. Death wasn’t anything to be excited about.”
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