Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy
Date Started: October 14
Date Finished: October 18
Format: Paperback from my own shelf
ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by. Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
So during the whole ‘Twilight‘ phase of my life, anything and everything to do with vampires I had a knack of picking up. Especially when it came to YA novels. The Vampire Academy series will always be one of those books in my heart that I will never forget because it was one of the last book series I read before I went on a reading hiatus – no recreational reading – for almost two years. It was right before my sophomore year of college started when I picked these books up. I had heard great stories about them from other friends and my library finally had book one in and well…I fell in love and now 6 years later these books are still great.
Rose is sarcastic and protective of her best friend Lissa. She also is vulnerable and hides it behind all that snark. Then there’s Lissa who is sensitive and afraid of letting down the Moroi community because she is the last in the Dragomir line. Mason, Rose’s friend from training is awesome and has the best moments to sweep in and protect Rose just before she does something stupid. Christian is great too, because he’s the outcast and seems to be the only person – except for Rose – who can really pull Lissa out of her depression while at the same time give her ‘real talk.’ Dimitri…there are just no words to describe him. He is god-like (and the movie did not due him justice at all). And I know a lot of people had issues with Dimitri because he’s Rose’s older mentor and how gross do you have to be to have a relationship with your student? But, c’mon. At least this guy resisted his feelings for Rose while others – yes, House of Night series I’m looking at you – didn’t.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The constant switching back and forth between Rose’s time at the Academy now and two years earlier kind of drove me nuts. But once you got past that there is a great story with some great characters.
Bookshelf worthy? What is up with the cover redesigns?