Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
(Book #1 of Vampire Academy)
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Publication Date: 8/16/2007
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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.I was fairly surprised to find myself as engrossed in this novel as much I did. It certainly did a good job gripping my attention from the beginning to its end. It's a fast paced novel, complete with action, steamy-romance and teenage angst. No boring feature but not really much stood out either.
I liked Rose Hathaway. When I read about her, she was definitely a breath of fresh air that I desperately needed. She was strong, both physically and mentally. The type who will kick ass but still manage to get out looking fabulous and SAY that's she's fabulous. I loved her confidence! She had a good sense of who she is, what she wants and what she'll do to make sure she get is. Her sassy and fierce nature is really entertaining, although that doesn't always work out.
Lissa Dragomir was a part of this novel as much as Rose was but her presence was merely a shadow for me here. Her relationship with Rose that sometimes went beyond "normal" bestfriend duties we're unusual but it was sweet to witness that sisterly love that they had. I felt bad for her because she's the opposite of Rose, being shy and polite but I think she might be one to watch out for future badassness!
The romance was tricky, what with the guy being 5 years older than Rose but it worked for this book. The romantic or should I say, sexual tension, between Rose and Dimitri was just sizzling! I didn't necessarily liked Dimitri but I could tell why Rose would take such interest. I hope I'll see more of him and that he lightens up throughout the series.
I also loved the other characters in the book. They just added more quirk to the story. Mason and his unrequited love for Rose. Christian and his family drama was a sympathizer. Mia and the whole "Mean Girls" war. I never honestly read the books Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, I only saw the series, but Vampire Academy seemed like the perfect cross between the two. I really liked those series so go figure! Though the plot itself was very predictable, I did enjoy reading this book and I look forward to how the future events unfold in the next installment.
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