This book was intense! I've already come to the conclusion that I'll read anything that Richelle Mead writes. I think that if you're a fan of either of her other two series you'd like this one a lot too, even though it's a teen series. This doesn't read like a normal teen series though. There is some of the normal stuff that teens have to deal with; peer pressure, the requisite blond "mean girl," and sexual frustration, among other things. The difference here though is Rose is STRONG. She doesn't take crap from people, she sticks up for her friends, and she's smart. I'm sick of reading about simpering teen girls that let the popular kids walk all over them. Rose doesn't let anyone bully her, but she knows when to pick her fights and when to back down. Rose is funny too, she's such a smart ass and I love her for that. This book picks up after the end of the last one. Lissa is still being medicated to keep her dark thoughts away and her powers tamped down. Rose has slowly caught up to the rest of the novices in her studies and is about to take a test that she should have taken the year before. She and Dimitri take a trip to visit to another guardian who will administer the test to her. When they get to the house of the guardian and the Moroi that he protects, Rose and Dimitri find everyone dead, killed by Strigoi. They go back to the academy and it's decided that there's safety in numbers so for Christmas break everyone goes to a ski lodge together. Unfortunately though, there's another attack on one of the royal families and the guardians and Moroi struggle for an answer for keeping everyone safe.We meet a couple of new characters in this book, Adrian Ivashkov being my favorite. At times I was thinking that Rose should forget about Dimitri and just go for Adrian, but that's my love for bad boys speaking. Once everyone gets to the ski lodge, the story really picks up and the ending was pure craziness. I cried for about 10 pages near the end, it was all just really sad and intense. I loved everything about this book, I honestly can't find any faults with it. Even though the end was sad, it didn't make me like it any less. I'm scared to read the next one though, I've heard some people say that it was heartbreaking. But I love that Mead can pull those emotions from me and I'm excited to read the third book regardless.My reviews of books three and four: Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise.