Katia is the only relative of her Great Uncle Aldo – a very powerful man is the vampire world. When she arrives at Crossroad she keeps everyone at arms length, determined to keep her word to her Uncle and repay her ‘debt’ to him. She gains attention regardless of how hard she tried not to stand out, having enemies and people who want to be her friend flit around her.
In the end she is as mysterious to the reader as well as the people at the Academy. Katia has nightmares, which eased off when she stayed with her Uncle, yet only got more intense when she arrived at Crossroads.
Katia is a strong character, yet there was nothing really likeable about her, Shayne was actually a more interesting character that I wanted to know more about. Katia just seemed rather flat and very isolated – no one is ever truly isolated, no matter how hard they try. She also didn’t seem to have anything that made her pop, at least nothing that would always be commented on through-out the book.
Shayne is actually an interesting side character, she is a normal vampire who happens to have a deadly illness although it’s by chance of whoever gets it. She is hopeful and looks on the bright side of things, although she is bubbly and eccentric in her clothes, she does have her moments of ‘normality’ as well, making her more of a well rounded character.
Nik seems a bit too much like a poster boy in my opinion, although Anya gives us a story later on in the book about him, there is something that doesn’t ring true about him.
Aldo and Anya, although they appear in the book, aren’t really give much scope to grow and expand in this book, however that could change in this series.
The novel is a bit bland, it doesn’t really get to the good stuff until near the end, there is a bit of mystery yet it seemed rushed – it could have been slowly dragged out with hints placed about, making you guess who it could have been to cause such trouble. The new enemy appear at the end was rather jolting, because you had to get used to them and what they looked like, interest of having them appear through the book, no major scenes but something that would remember them and give the story a nice twist to it.
It’s a good read however, but it’s not thrilling and not overly exciting either.