Hmmm. I'm trying to figure out how I would have felt about this series, had I not loved Vampire Academy so much and had the similarities been so blatant.
On the surface, Alex and our VA protag Rose, share many qualities. They are both half-bloods, they are both kick ass, but I immediately connected with Rose whereas I found Alex annoying. With Rose, I understood her appeal. I saw her be loyal and determined and smart and actively exhibit a ton of qualities that made me root for her. My issue with Alex was that I felt I was supposed to root for her, supposed to understand everyone's attraction to her, but I wasn't feeling it. Or actively being shown why we should bond.
I also thought that in terms of world building, this shared mythology was handled more deftly and with, for me, a more interesting spin in VA. And I was confused by
Did I miss some rationale?
Aiden is a typical swoony guy but even so, he didn't reach Dmitri levels of interest for me. I will read the next book. Maybe, like TV pilots, it takes that first one to get the clunkiness out of the way. We'll see.