Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA, paranormal, fantasy
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Release Date: August 16, 2007
Pages: 332 (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed from the Library
For More Information: Goodreads Link
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.
Anyone remember Marked By P. C. Cast and Kirsten Cast? Zoey Redbird was an annoying, oh-dear-I-am-a-boy-user girl. Thankfully Vampire Academy was not that kind of book, though it still reminded me awfully a lot about it.
Rose is a fierce, protective and very sarcastic girl. I really liked her protectiveness over Lissa, a Moroi princess but sometimes, I’d rather her to just shut up. Lissa, undoubtedly is weak. I think such special qualities and should of gone to a mentally and physically capable person. Dimitri is a dark, mysterious guardian on Lissa’s. I wasn’t to enticed by him, he was like a statue that only came to life to save and help people. Not a really active character in my perspective.
The plot of the book was weird. Okay, I use that word a lot but honestly, it was… strange. At first, I couldn’t wrench out any plot but soon I found it hiding halfway through the book. It was equivocal and spine chilling to hear about dead animals just popping up and around everywhere.
Sex is mentioned a lot in this book, which was the main reason why I kept thinking back to the Marked series. I already was sick of the whole, ‘slutty girl’ thing and now I get presented with a book that likes to mention sex every 50 of less pages. However, it was a pretty good story of vampires, unique and divergent. (Did I mention that I love Divergent?)
The romance was obviously hinting in the first half of the book. I rolled my eyes so much and thought “as if no one could see those two as a pair” Despite that, I still don’t like the old-young relationship and “we cannot be together because of fate” junk. I’ve seen enough of star-crossed love and it just isn’t anything that should be passed along the long line of YA books. Teacher-student relationships are pretty new to me so I’ll give it a chance in the next book.
The ending was very ‘and they loved happily ever after-ish’ because it felt like a summary of everything. I couldn’t help but keep feeling like it was just a stand alone while reading the last 20 pages.
Vampire Academy is one of the better vampire books I’ve read. I’ll be reading Frostbite to see how the romance develops and how the plot continues. Parajunkees, meet your next bite of a book!
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