Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
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 . . .
Since I link this book so closely to the last one in my mind, I feel like I would be writing the same review. But there are some new developments and characters, which are warmly welcomed by me. Dru meets the Council of the Order. She trusts some and doesn’t trust others. It’s made up of 4 dhampirs and one svetocha. Yep, Anna’s back. And she’s just like Dru remembered her, maybe even worse. Dru has been assigned a guard of dhampirs, although Graves, Shanks and Dibs still watch out for her. I love two of her guards, Leon and Benjamin. Benjamin’s reactions to Dru’s behavior are priceless and Leon’s sarcastic tone are just what she needs to feel comfortable. Ash is recovering from their last run-in with the suckers and Dru is helping him, hoping the broken werwulf will make the change back to human.
There’s some really good action and discoveries that help find the traitor. But the traitor isn’t going anywhere without a fight. Finally, there’s some action in the romance department. Pun intended ;) But it might be more than Dru can handle for now. This book also tends to be a bit redundant and it drives me crazy that Dru can’t see some clues that are as clear as day and right in front of her face. And she needs to give Christophe a break and really should have trusted Graves more. But the action and the huge surprise at the end make up for the things I struggled with throughout the book.