Warning! There will be spoilers!
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.
Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).
Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.
Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…
Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?”
No matter how often I read this book, the ending always gets to me. I have to cry each time. The entire fight just puts you so on edge and then when Rose learns about what happened to him, you can just feel your heart shattering into tiny pieces along with her.
“Tell them buria.”
“My heart shattered. My world shattered
You will lose what you value most…
It hadn’t been me that Rhonda was talking about. It hadn’t even been Dimitri’s life.
What you value most.
It had been his soul.”
“It’s not about you, okay? This time, it’s about me. Not you. All my life, Lissa… all my life, it’s been the same. They come first. I’ve lived my life for you. I’ve trained to be your shadow, but you know what? I want to come first. I need to take care of myself for once. I’m tired of looking out for everyone else and having to put aside what I want. Dimitri and I did that, and look what happened. He’s gone. I will never hold him again. Now I owe it to him to do this. I’m sorry if it hurts you, but it’s my choice!”
Now that Adrian has moved on to Academy grounds, the sass between him and Rose has also considerably shot up, and makes me laugh each time. However, I also think that slowly she is beginning to see him as a genuine friend, who isn’t just all about jokes and women, but who has a kind and loyal side.
“That’s cheerful,” I said, “You ever think about motivational speaking?”
“You just littered!” I yelled.
“Above the rules, Rose,” he called back. “Above the rules.”
“I already have a nickname for you, but I’ll get in trouble if I say it in class.”
“Ah,” he said happily. “That’s the Rose I know.”
“My cigarettes and I are going outside. At least they show me respect.”
“Rose is in red
But never in blue
Sharp as a thorn
Fights like one too.”
“Oh my God,” he said, “A kind word from Rose Hathaway. I can die a happy man.”
“What are you saying? That I’m normally an ungrateful bitch?”
“Two thank-yous in as many days. I don’t suppose I’ll get to see any, uh, special gratitude?”
I scoffed. “Nope. You’ll just have to imagine it.”He gave me a half-hug and released me. “Fair enough. But I have a good imagination.”
“If you touch me,” I said pleasantly, “I’ll provide you with the opportunity to see if you can heal yourself. Then we’d see how badass you really are.”
And of course, Rose having been assigned to Christian turns into a lot of bickering between the two of them, which is just absolutely hilarious. I can also see the relationship between the two of them grow in this book. They have finally accepted each other in Lissa’s lives and are slowly working their way towards a true friendship (which, I think they have already begun). Nevertheless, the continued snark is just something I live for in these books.
“Plus, I was about to spend six weeks with Christian Ozera. He was sarcastic, difficult, and made jokes about everything. Actually he was a lot like me. It was going to be a long six weeks.”
“You and me are going to have so much fun, Rose. Picking out curtains, doing each other’s hair, telling ghost stories.”
“Then you’d never see us again, and we’d be very sad.”“
Yes,” said Christian. “I’d cry into my pillow every night.”
And another thing that is just chilling in my opinion is Rhonda’s reading. The predictions that she gives to the three of them might not seem that special at the time but yet again, it is an enormous foreshadowing to the next books. After all, the first prediction had already come true. Also, we get to meet Jill for the first time, which was really nice, since whoever has finished the series knows just how big of a role she’ll play later on.
“I was testing dorm security,” I said, “It sucks.”
“If I’d been assigned to Jesse, he would have needed an extra person to protect him. From me.”
“I’d do a lot of things to protect you, Roza.”
“Me? I have great shoes, am currently massaging a pretty girl, and sleep in an awesome bed.”
I made a face. “Let’s not talk about where you sleep, okay?”
“What’s up?” I asked.
“You tell me,” he said. “You were the one about ready to start making out with Adrian.
“It was an experiment,” I said. “It was part of my therapy.
“What the hell kind of therapy are you in?”
“No,” murmured Dimitri. “Watch. Change is happening before your eyes. People are going to remember this day as a turning point.”
“We just need to get you calmed down, or you’ll be in no shape to fight.”
“Yeah? Are you afraid of my possibly insane dark side coming out?”
“No I’m afraid of your normal Rose Hathaway side coming out, the one that isn’t afraid to jump in without thinking when she believes something is right.”
I gave him a dry look. “Is there a difference?”
“Yes. The second one scares me.”