July 29, 2010
Summary From Goodreads: Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to be svetocha–half vampire ...more
Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to be svetocha–half vampire, half human, and all deadly. If she survives her training, she will be able to take her place in the Order, holding back the vampires and protecting the oblivious normal people. But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something. Or as if she’s in danger. Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead–but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to–especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life. The only person who can save him is Dru. The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to…My thoughts:
Dru is back and better than ever.After all she has been through, she is now at the largest Schola on the continent surrounded by djamphir,loup-garou, a broken werwulf, and a svetocha who might be trying to kill her. She feels safe, for now. But that safe feeling starts to drift away as soon as she is summoned by the djamphir council and is questioned about Christophe Reynard and her scape from Sergej the most powerful djamphir alive.
This book is by far my favorite book of the trilogy, of course I love all of them. But this certain book in the trilogy has it all. Romance, betrayals ,mystery, and everything else a book needs in order to be swoon-worthy.
Being one of the two svetocha left, she is being constantly shadowed by her own personal group of bodyguards. Not only that but she is forced to remember that night many years ago when her mom hid her in a secret compartment in the closet and Dru didn't see her ever again.
I honestly couldn't stop reading this book, and when I did because I had to I couldn't stop thinking of what was going to happen next. Especially when things were starting to get tense between Dru and Graves. And me being team Graves (Graves all the way!) couldn't wait till they had another one of their moments. Call me a Christophe hater, but I was glad this book didn't have a lot of him in it. But I am curious to find out what was going on with Dru's mom and him, as creepy as that sounds.
At the last agonizing page of the book I found myself wondering again where in the world are the rest of the pages?! The last chapter of this book will have you counting the days until the fourth book DEFIANCE coming out in April 2011. And It will be agony having to wait to find out who she picks, is it going to be Graves(whoot!) or Christophe (*cricket* *cricket*)?I will say no more because I fear that If I let myself say anything else, I will get to excited and start giving out spoilers, and I wouldn't want that. However, If you are new to the series, I would recommend you start from Strange Angels because otherwise you won't understand what is going on. And trust me there is a lot gong on that you wouldn't like to miss!
Review: 5 out of 5
What's next?: Well If you haven't read these wonderful series and you like reading about half-Asian hunky loup-garou and cocky but good looking djamphir. Then this is the series for you! Start with Strange Angels then because you will be addicted to these series(trust me)continue with Betrayals and join me and many other bookaholics in waiting for the next book in the series Defiance being released April 2011. Let the waiting begin!
Age Recommendation? Maybe 14 and older for the mild language.
Cover love: When I purchased this book one of the employees was fascinated with the cover. "So shiny ", she had said and looked like she wanted to take it away from my hand. But of course I stood my ground and held on to the book as tight as I could. So yes, the cover is so shiny and beautiful! But who is the dude in the cover? Christophe? Or Graves? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!
Teaser Line: " 'It wasn't sarcasm.' Graves blew out a cloud of acrid smoke. 'It was pointing out a fallacy in you logic, babe' "
So here you go! A teaser quote from Graves. Me showing some love to my favorite character!
About the Author
Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA with her children, a houseful of cats, and assorted other strays.