This is the first book in the series of the same name. Rose Hathaway's job is to guard Lissa Dragomir, the last of the Dragomir line. In order to do this, Rose has fled with Lissa, but is caught by other guardians, including Dimitri who is Lissa's assigned guardian. Lissa is a Moroi, a full vampire, and the Moroi are hunted by the Strigoi, who are immortal vampires who kill humans and Moroi to maintain their immortality. Rose is a Dhampir, a vampire/human hybrid, who has the extra strength of vampires, but without needing blood to survive. Lissa and Rose seem to have a special bond; Rose can sense Lissa's emotions and at times enter her thoughts. Rose wants to keep Lissa away from the mysterious Christian, whose parents were Strigoi, but he was not turned. Keeping the two apart proves as difficult as keeping her own feelings for Dimitri at bay. Rose will do anything to protect Lissa and when she fears Lissa may be target for her special abilities, Rose will put her own life on the line to save her.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It has forbidden romance, (Rose and Dimitri, and to a lesser extent Lissa and Christian), action and complex relationships. It was also well-written and had some great sarcastic humor. I thought it would be just another vampire story, but it was a little something different. I loved the relationship between Rose and Lissa and their codependence on each other. Lissa is Rose's moral compass and Rose is Lissa's rock.
Favorite Character: Actually I loved both Rose and Lissa. They have a complex friendship, but they are loyal to each other no matter what. Rose is all sarcasm and bravado, while Lissa is fragile, but fierce.
Favorite Quote: "None of the bravado he usually showed was there. I guess there was "usually" and then there was being held in the grip of a really ripped, really tall, and really pissed-off Russian guy."
With plenty of suspense and a little romance, this was a quick and fun read! I definitely want to pick up Frostbite soon. 4.5 cups of cocoa!