Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead



Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 2007
Source: Bought
Series: The Vampire Academy Series
Book #: One 
My Rating:  
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
 
First off, let me say that I know I'm late to this party. Every reader I know has been praising this series for years, and I'm just now hopping on board. This best-selling young adult series has been beckoning to me for far too long. While I wouldn't say I was overly impressed with the first book, I definitely see potential in this captivating series.

Rose is an intrepid, feisty character. Most VA fans seem to adore her smart alec comments and witty insults, as well as her indomitable aggressiveness. While I, too, admired Rose's fiery strength, she also rubbed me the wrong way many times. Her use of vulgar language, overconfidence, and disregard for common sense was extremely annoying. However, I found that her character improved as the story progressed. Rose's fierce determination to protect Lissa, her best friend with whom she shares a spiritual bond, overshadows her less admirable traits.

Boarding schools have always fascinated me, and the idea of attending one filled with back-stabbing, gossiping vampires and their headstrong guardians snagged my attention instantly. Besides Rose, I really loved the other characters. The plot may appear unsubstantial on the surface, but the intricacies of vampire politics and mysteries of their powers go deep. 

Nowadays, it seems true friendship is a quality most people take for granted. Lissa and Rose exemplify a bond deeper than best friends- they are practically sisters. One cannot exist without the other. It was incredibly refreshing to read about the selflessness between the two. 

Literally ten minutes after I finished Vampire Academy, I rushed to my bookshelf and picked up Frostbite (the second book in the Vampire Academy series). I'm anxious to find out what happens next, especially since I've been told the second book holds even more suspense and heartache than the first. I must know what happens! Especially with Dimitri... Definitely give this book a shot if you're a fan of paranormal romance and pertinacious heroines!