Oct 16, 2013

Review: Vampire Academy

345627Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 16th, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 332
Format: Paperback, Bought

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Synopsis:

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.

 


My Review:

Rose is a Dhampir, aka a guardian for the Moroi Vampire. Dhampir are have vampire and are the guardians to the Moroi. Rose has made it her life goal to protect her best friend Lissa who is a Moroi Royal. They run off together in the beginning of the book and end up being caught by the guardian Dimitri. Rose and Lissa try to get back into school life, but certain instances make it impossible to do that. How will they handle all the situations they are found in??

I would have never guessed I'd like this book. I have put it off for so long but I haven't had anyone say anything bad about the series so I knew I at least needed to try the first book. I ended up finding all 6 books for 25 dollars so I had to snatch them up just for the price. Now I am very glad I did. I stayed up late last night just to be able to finish it, and woke up early the next day to be able to type up this review before work.

Rose is tough. Not afraid of anyone, will do anything to help Lissa, even in personal situations. I like how she loves her friend so much she will do whatever it takes to make her life easier. She spends this book on lockdown so it's hard for her to do it, but she always finds a way and I love that about her. Lissa is a lot more laid back, but rises to her friends aid when she feels she is the only one who can do anything about it. Then there is Dimitri...Sigh.....I don't really know what to say about him other than I wish I could hear his Russian accent! There are also some smaller characters by the name of Natalie, Mia, Aaron, Christian, and Mason. They end up helping out in ways or making things worse at times, but they are small characters in this book, though I am pretty sure all of them but one are going to become a lot bigger characters in books to come. I love the characters Mead has made and I know they will only get better through the series.

Most of the book is at the Academy, though some is scattered in Portland and other places in Montana where the Academy is. I like how she describes that the Moroi can handle a little sunlight but only filtered, where as the Dhampir can be in the sun no problem. It sometimes was hard to remember they were in school at night, or certain instances that they were out in the day I wondered how they were able to be out there without getting cooked.

My rating for 4 out of 5 stars instead of a 5 star rating was the book was a bit slow at first. It felt like it was dragging on and I was ready for the story to move on. Once the story got moving though I was hooked. I might have been in a reading slump and that might be why, but I do know I got sucked into the pages about halfway through, so I think it was just a series that tried to explain everything at first so it was a little long and drawn out.

I loved the book very much and am glad I gave it a chance. The characters are wonderful, I like the settings, I like the back story throughout the book. Now its time for me to move on and devour book 2!

Really Liked It!!




1 comment:

  1. Eeee yay!! Glad you enjoyed it! I read the whole series recently too and just LOVED them!

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