*I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Banbella books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This is a story that’s too complex to be explained. You have to read it to find out what’s up.
The synopsis really doesn’t do the mystery in here justice. I found it intriguing and I was very anxious to find out what’s happening.
Anne Merchant, 16 and the outcast daughter of a poor mortician in a town where everyone is filthy rich finds herself on an island in Maine attending a school for the privilaged children of millionaires.
But this isn’t your average highschool. Everyone in Cania Christy is incredibly competitive. They all desperately want to graduate valedictorian.
In this school they have “guardians” and are required to find the trait that helps them get ahead in life and use that trait to eliminate the competition for The Big V. Their guardians keep watch over them day and night.
However, despite what the name implies, tjey don’t do it for their protection. The guardians are watching to make sure they live by their declared Prosperitas Thema, that’s their winning trait.
Anne is plunged in the middle of all of this without knowing anything about it.
Of course, her classmates are all enemies and there is very little she can trust between the devilish headmaster, the frightenjng, derangd secretaries, the unexplicable rules designed to keep the sudents of Cania Chtisty prisoners and her own growing paranoia about the island and its inhabitants.
There are so many questions Anne has to answer and any lapse in judgement on her part can cause concequences. Everyone is keeping their own secret and everyone is keeping something particular from Anne.
From finding out how her father managed the tuition of a school so exclusive and expensive, the outside world doesn’t even know it exists to questioning her own sanity of mind and the firmness of her and everyone around her’s existence.
Anne finds within herself a surprising ability to look beyond the nature of things to seek the truth that is being deliberately kept from her.
People she thinks are her friends are actually her enemies while enemies are actually friends and the world is nothing like it seems.
I can’t say anymore without giving significant parts of the plot away. But this story contais: a mystery, a supernatural plot, a good female lead and strong secondary characters.
I specially enjoyed reading in Anne’s voice and felt like she was a capable protagonist.
The things you don’t know.
So I’ve FINALLY started in on this series! hallelujah
The story is told in Rosemarie’s perspectives. Rose is a dhampir; a half vampire(Moroi) and half human who is dedicated to a life of protecting her Moroi charge, Vasilisa(Lissa) who also happens to be her best friend.
Moroi and dhampir are schooled together in special schools covertly hidden in human territory. While their education isn’t exactly the same, seeing how the Moroi learn about magic and other matters that have to do with being part of a royal heirarchy that control the vampire world and the dhampir’s education is focused on strength and speed and fighting techniques. They do however share certain subjects and classes.
That was life for Lissa and Rose until they ran away from the impossible to escape st. Vladimir’s academy for reasons they chose to keep to themselves.
We uncover those reasons bit by bit during the course of this book which starts out with the two girls being discovered and brought back to the academy.
Now if you were expecting they were hauled back to be tortured or similar, you’d be wrong. In a lot of ways, the Vampire Academy is like any other school. They had their wrists slapped, sure. and then it was back to classes and attendance and assignments. and of course, detention.
but the Moroi political structure is far from calm. and the Rose and Lissa find themselves the center of a plot to overthrow the current queen and upend the current state of affairs in the vampire world.
That’s because Lissa has powerful and previously unheard of, almost mythical, magical abilities and Rose who is her sworn guardian is bound to her by a bond thicker and stronger than dhampir honor or loyalty. Or even friendship.
The world itself is fascinating, the dhampirs and the Moroi cohabit-ate and coexist but each has their own social ways. We find out more and more the deeper you get into the book.
Sure, there’s a general corniness about the whole thing. but you have to remember this was 2007.
Corn was very in in 2007.
The events are predictable yet everyone is surprised but otherwise, it’s easy to ignore the fluff and concentrate and the good stuff. The plot.
Overall, I liked it and I’m already picking up the next installment; Frostbite.
Also, I’ve been assured that the first two books of the series are decidedly less great than the rest of it. So that will be something to look forward to.
Be That Cat.