Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead

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...

My Thoughts:  I have never really been interested in reading this series and I am still not really sure what possessed me to pick this book up.  I guess I figured it would be similar to Twilight and I am kind of over all that.  Vampire Academy really surprised me in that the story was good, the characters were deep and believable and it wasn't another super cheesy vampire romance book.  Rose and Lissa are fantastic characters and I love that Ms. Mead made them so normal (despite the whole Moroi/dhampir aspect).  They both struggle with bullying, one struggles with depression and they both have their crushes.  I love that Rose is so tough and yet so caring and attentive toward Lissa, she was kind of a pain in the butt but I could really relate to her.  I also loved the surprise at the end regarding who was causing so much trouble at the end; I love when I don't figure out who the bad guy is before it's revealed!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. 4 stars.

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