This book was a lot of fun. Mead's characters are stronger, sassier, and more nuanced than those I've read in *other* popular vampire series. The first book in this series, Vampire Academy, offered some plot twists that surprised me. This second installment was much more predictable, but it was still fun. There were only a handful of places where I wanted to take my red pen to the page, but Mead's masterful use of voice and a few instances of really elegant narrative intrusion made up for any "mistakes" in writing. The VA series is quick and fun, a definite breather between deeper, heavier tomes.