Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Book #1 in the Vampire Academy Series

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 didn't really know what to expect with this book, I'd heard a lot of great things about it, but didn't really know what it was about. I took a chance and bought it at Barnes and Noble a while back. So I finally decided it was time to read it about 2 months ago. I read the first chapter and wasn't really drawn in. So I put it down. I picked it back up and read a few more chapters and ended up putting it down again. The last time I picked it up I finally really started getting into it.

This book does have a slower pace, it keeps moving and things are happening, but they're not dramatic or big things. I think that's what caused me to keep putting it down. I'm used to pretty fast paced and action packed books. About half way through I got the lovely feeling of wanting to constantly read it until I finished it. I was starting to think that feeling wasn't ever going to come. It did get a lot faster when the climax/plot twist came into play. That was pretty good, because I was going crazy trying to figure it out myself.

I really liked the writing style. This is the first book I've read by Richelle Mead. Sometimes it was weird, because it would flash back, but I wouldn't realize it until I was like "Whoa! What the hell is going on?!" And then it would go right back into the present. It was just a little awkward, but it didn't happen very often.

I loved the story and the characters. Rose and Lissa's friendship and bond was amazing to read about. Everything that they had been through and how they had survived. And then everything that they went through in this book. It was the ideal best friend/practically sister relationship I've ever read about. Mostly because they both seemed to only care about the other, and not so much about themselves.

Lets talk about the love interests: Christian was pretty creepy at first, I didn't really know what to think about him. But he ended up being a really great character and a really good friend. Then there's Dimitri, oh my, I just knew that I was gonna like him from the first moment his name was introduced. And as he started doing the training sessions with Rose, he just got hotter and hotter.

Overall, I loved the book, I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. I will be continuing with the series. I'm eager to see what else will happen and what other adventures they can get into. The ending of this book left you feeling content for now, but left it open to the next one. And I really enjoy endings like that. I feel complete.

Have you read any of the V.A. Books?
What did you think about them?

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  1. Yay! Glad you liked it. Looking forward to seeing what you think of the next one :)

    1. Me too! I can't wait to read it. Maybe that'll be next :)


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