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Monday, November 16, 2009

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


where I got my copy: BN
where else can you buy it: Borders, Amazon

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's—the very place where they're most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Like I said on Twitter, I did an all nighter for this book. I never anticipated that I will enjoy it this much. I can't believe nobody pushed me to read it sooner. I had my eye on this series for a long time now but I read the HON first and that one was horrible, when I read the back cover of the first book for both series, it sounded like the wanna be of each other, a vampire school, royal vampire blood, never ending gossip and politics... But yesterday finally I decided to read a chapter inside Barnes and Noble, the next thing I know I went ahead and bought it. And as soon as I got back from watching 2012 with my family, and after helping my son with his human needs and tucking him to bed I read till I finish.

Rose reminds me of my rebellious teenage years. The sneaking out to go to parties, the smart mouth, a bit disregard towards school authority (the principal-yes!!) and defending friends... that was my connection with this book and her character. Like Dimitri, I am greatly impressed at her will power and dedication in protecting her best friend / charge and Moroi Princess Vasalissa that I am a bit appalled that she is so weak.  (I hope that improves soon) But that worked fine, it balances the characterization in the book. Even Jesse, Ralf and Mia's irritating antics and  were in place.

There are a lot of reason why this book is unputdownable:
1. The storyline was intense.
2. Dimitri Belikov.
3. I cannot stop reading until I find out why they ran away - the first part of the book.
4. What's up with Mia? What's with all the hate?
5. What exactly is/are Lissa's powers? and How is she connected with Ms. Karp and St. Vladimir.
6. Teenage Hormones (well ok, ever since I read that article that this book is banned from a Texas library I wanted to find out where they got the ridiculous notion that this spreads evil amongst teens- the result? Whole lotta bull)
7. Who the hell is pulling the atrocious animal killings that puts poor Lissa on the edge?
8. The Vampire - Dhampir relationship in this book.

So yep, I was sold. I am officially jumping on the bandwagon and I don't care what the haters say, I was greatly entertained, that I am reading the second book as soon as I finish this review. Highly recommended for both YA and adults.

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natalierenae said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And I have to agree with you, the HoN series was terrible...I keep checking out the latest book in hopes that it will improve but, not so much! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the VA series!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

ladystorm said...

Okay so I have the first book of HON and the first book of Vampire maybe I will start with VA instead of HON :) Thanks for the heads up. :)

The Book Vixen said...

Hmmm, now I gotta get my hands on this book!

PeaceLove&Pat said...

@natalierenae - yes. Erik and Zoey got nothing compared to Dimitri and Rose.

@ladystorm - let me know what you think :)

@thebookvixen - yes I think you will enjoy it too.

Amanda-Lee said...

i loved this series!!!!

i read it before HoN but i like HoN anyway...

but this series is my favourite ever so far!!!!

every time i think about the series a huge goony grin appears hehe...

i <3 dimitri, which is odd cause usually i dont think of books in that way...theyre just stories...but i wish i had a dimitri!!!!

cant wait for spirit bound!!!!!


Maria said...

Great Review! I just finished Blood Promise and I can't wait for Spirit Bound to come out.

Caitlin said...

I loved this series! I'm glad you liked it. I also pulled several late nights when reading this series! It's so good, how can you not?

Anna ♥ said...

That's so great that it was such a good read! All nights are the best kind of books. So gonna read this now!

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