June 9, 2013

BOOK REVIEW | Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Basic Information
Title: Vampire Academy (Goodreads)
Author: Richelle Mead (Website)
Series: Vampire Academy (#1)
Published by Razorbill in August 2007
Version I’ve read: Academicus Vampyrus (NL), published by Moon in January 2012, ebook

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 love Rose Hathaway. She’s fierce, she’s bad-ass and she is confident. How many girl protagonists have you read about that can say they look attractive without having second thoughts? That’s what I thought, not many. Rose also has humor, she’s witty and she’s caring. I’m starting to think she is the perfect character. Of course she also has her flaws. She has a soft spot for gossip (not necessarily a flaw) and she is quick-tempered especially when it comes to Lissa.
Lissa Dragomir hasn’t impressed me yet, I’m still waiting for her to do something that will make me love her. She’s vulnerable but I’m sure she can be strong and will do great things in the future.
I’m still forming an opinion on Dimitri Belikov. I knew there would be something between him and Rose, thanks to tumblr. I guess it’s because I already knew that I didn’t really root for them. The only time I was actually shipping these two was in the very beginning. Towards the end it more like meh. The romance –overall- in this book could have been better, at least for me.

I always liked the idea of a school for vampires because it’s different and you could do great things with it. St. Vladimir’s Academy is the best vampire school I’ve read about so far (the other one being the House of Night) because it’s not far-fetched. It’s a normal academy at first sight, the characters don’t look suspicious from page one. There isn’t too much weird-ness going on. Yes, okay there’s magic, but it doesn’t seem to be the biggest deal at first, it comes at you gradually. That’s what I like about this story. You learn slowly but it’s still interesting, it keeps you reading.

I was a little disappointed when I couldn’t find the English ebook on Kobo and had to buy the Dutch translation. I wish I could’ve read it in English. However the covers for the translations are nicer looking than the American covers though they are completely out of context if you ask me. Oh well…

If the summary doesn’t wow you at first, trust me, the story will. I had my doubts about this series but then I finally made the decision to just try it and not judge the book by its summary. I was pleasantly surprised and will continue reading this series.

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