Goodreads Summary: 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.
Why I Read This Book: To be honest, I hadn't heard of this series or author before, but through Goodreads I had discovered the Bloodlines book and marked it as 'to-read'. I finally got around to getting a copy of that book and was about to start it when I learned that this it was a spin off of Vampire Academy. Well, I HATE when I read books out of order (to the point where I panic if I don't know what book to read next in a series - cue Women of the Underworld!) so I had to read the Vampire Academy series first, and now I am!
Review: I'm so glad I found out about this series! I really liked this book a lot. I found the book confusing at first, it definitely has a lot of elements that other vamp books don't have, which was fantastic as I am getting somewhat vamped out (and was actually reluctant to get into this because of that) but the fresh ideas in this were fantastic! Dhampirs and Moroi and Strigoi are all unique and fascinating. Rosa and Lissa have a great relationship which is fun to read about, and there was enough romance to make it cute, but not too much that it took away from immersing yourself into the stories world instead of just the main characters love story. Without giving away too much, I also love that even though the book was first person narrated, you got to see different perspectives as well. I thought it was fantastic.