Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Publication Date: August 16th, 2007

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Series: The Vampire Academy Series, Book One

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 340 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon

Rating: 5 sm

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires–the ones who never die.

The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s–but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy’s iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever…

Vampire Academy was a very fun and quick read. I loved the characters and the roles they each played. I loved the twist on “traditional” vampires and I really thought this story was unique. I didn’t have very high expectations when going into this book. I’m not sure why, because this book is very hyped. But Vampire Academy completely blew my expectations sky high. I’ve always been a fan of vampire books, and I loved the twist that Mead put into this book. The differences between the Moroi, Dhampir, and Strigoi were explained, and definitely added something to this. I loved the differences between each type and how it was explained. It was very well done.

I absolutely loved Rose as the main character. Her voice felt very fresh, real, sarcastic, and funny. Something you don’t see in a lot of Young Adult heroines are girls who are confident; and the fact that Rose was extremely confident was a refreshing change. I love how strong she is and her dedication to her best friend Lissa. Their friendship was one of the things that I love the most in this novel. They each make decisions based on what is best for the other person, and I think their love for each other is amazing.

I loved that throughout the story you get to see things through Lissa’s eyes, and actually get to experience some of the things that she does or that happen to her instead of being told about them later. You get to see her budding relationship with Christian, as she goes through some really tough things, and how she reacts to everything. It brings you a lot closer to Lissa and Christian then you typically do with side characters.

And I’m just saying.. But.. Dimitri.<3

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