Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Review of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Author: Richelle Mead
Published by: Razorbill
From Goodreads: 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.
About a week or so ago I made a comment about how there were many YA series that I hadn't started and there wasn't a logical reason for it I just never got around to reading them. Well I just started another YA series that I think most people have already read...Vampire Academy.
I've heard such amazing things about this series and about how Rose Hathaway is one kick-butt heroine so I was excited to start it.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the relationship between Rose and Lissa. They are such great friends and really look out for one another. I love the bond between them, and while I think their bond might be a little too close for anything I'd want between me and my friends I still adore their connection.
The other thing I really liked about this novel was Dimitri. I don't think I have words to describe how amazing he is. As much as I liked Rose, he is the reason I will continue reading this series. I just have to know what will happen with him. I definitely think he's one of those pivotal characters that has to end up exactly where I want him or it will ruin the whole series for me. I have faith though that Richelle Mead believes in him as much as I do and will put him exactly where I want him.
Surprisingly, I didn't really like Lissa. I thought she was whiny and immature. I really hope she changes or I think she's going to annoy me as the series goes on.
I think the premise of this novel was very intriguing and a fun twist on the whole vampire scene. I especially enjoyed that vampires weren't the strong and self-sufficient that instead they needed protectors.
Overall it was a fun start to a series that I think I'm going to really enjoy. I give this novel ★★★★