Growing Pain's Summery.
Meet Anna Ivashkov, Emilie Ozera, and Miranda Johnson. Three girls from three different walks of life and with three very different personalities.
Anna-Marie "Anna" Ivashkov is a royal dhampir with three younger brothers, and three younger sisters. At thirteen she is partially deaf and her only dream? To be a guardian. This petite, beautiful royal is out to prove to everyone that she is no powder puff. No, she's just as tough, and determined as any of the others.
Emilie Ozera is another royal dhampir, but unlike Anna, she has nothing to prove. Reckless and bold, she takes life by the horns and has no problem speaking her mind. She is also training to become a guardian. Always scrapping and getting into some sort of trouble, she is still the apple of both her parent's eyes, and is close to her younger sister.
And then there is Miranda. The daughter of a stereotypical bloodwhore, Miranda is the girl 'from the other side of the tracks'. Tiny and shy, she is picked on by the Royal Moroi's in her community, and shunned by the majority of the Dhampir children. Her only friends? Anna and Emilie.
Growing up together in a California Moroi town (just outside of Sacramento), they thought they've been through it all. When strange marks and bruises start showing up on Miranda's body, Anna's moods start swinging badly, and Emilie's reckless behaviour threatens to destroy her future, they begin to wonder if they've even seen anything yet. Throw in a newly developing rivalry between friends Alexei Dragomir and Kyle Voda, and Anna's parent's hesitations with allowing her to continue her guardian training; it's going to be a long summer.