By: Melanie | January 31, 2013 | (4) Comments

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
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!

(ACTUAL: 3.5)

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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4 Responses to Vampire Academy By Richelle Mead

  1. Sapir V says:

    I LOVE this book!! I have read it in one sitting, which is very rare for me…
    I haven’t read Frostbite yet, but I plan to.
    Great review! 😀

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  2. Leigh Ann says:

    I have this book sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon! I do hope it’s better than the HON books, they seem to be dragging on and on and on and I want them to end! I feel like they should’ve ended a very long time ago. I found you through Book Blogs and I’m now your newest follower! I hope you are having a wonderful Groundhog Day! Woohoo spring is on its way. (I hope!) I would love for you to stop by for a visit sometime when you get the chance. 🙂

    Leigh Ann
    MaMa’s Book Corner

  3. Adira says:

    I once read somewhere that the reason why they pair sex and vampires together so often is because of sensual nature of vampires habit of “biting” people. Random fact I know. Your review was stellar. I’ll have to look for a copy of this book in my local library. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about it on BookTube.

  4. Sara says:

    I fell in love with movie…. I mean who doesn’t love a girl who can kick butt? Plus a dhampir is pratically a super human and doesn’t need blood to survive even though they are a vampire but have heightneded human senses. Kinda agree about Dimitri though……. I am intrigued. I wouldn’t say Lissa is weak she reminds me of a lot of my friends. Rose reminds me a lot of myself but I agree sometimes she should just shut up and learn to hold her tongue I mean she can be annoying. I think Dimitri and Rose are cute but I still think that teahcer-student relationship is weird, it doesn’t do anyone favours really ( Pretty Little Liars anyone?). Plus the guy usually takes advantage of the girl. Yes the plot is unusual but someone has to go there. Either way movies that get bad reviews usually get a good one from me….. except Divergent though Insurgent was very good.

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