Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Published August 16, 2007 by Razorbill
Series: Vampire Academy, #1
Blurb: 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.
So like I mentioned in another post, I avoided this series ever since it came out because I was afraid it would be just like Twilight. I didn’t want ore sparkly vampires ruining my idea of what a vampire should be. But lately I’m on a vampire novel kick, and I thought I’d just try it out and see. And now I’m in love with the series. Richelle Mead does such a good job making me care about these characters.
Vampire Academy makes you think of, well, a vampire school. And that’s what it is. There are two classes of vampires – fierce, evil ones called Strigoi and peaceful ones called Moroi – and then there’s the dhampirs, who are half vampire and half human. Dhampirs devote their lives to guarding the Moroi.
Rose is a dhampir. She’s one of those badass chicks you don’t want to cross. She has a fierce temper and tends to act without thinking, which lands her in trouble all the time. She’s training to protect Lissa Dragomir, who is the last person left in the Dragomir family. She and Lissa are close friends.
But there’s one thing complicating her bodyguard training…she’s in love with her instructor, Dimitri.
This romance struck me as weird at first. It’s the whole student-teacher thing, although Rose is nearly 18. In the next couple of books, it settles down and seems more normal. They treat each other as equals. It’s not too creepy.
When the book opens, we learn that Rose and Lissa ran away from the Academy and spent two years hiding in the human world. They are finally captured and brought back to school, and Rose starts dropping tons of hints as to why she and Lissa left. (This does get annoying after a while. JUST TELL ME ALREADY, ROSE!)
Richelle Mead’s writing is not incredible in this book, but it’s still enjoyable. There is a lot of info-dumping in this book. It was overwhelming, actually. I had reread some parts several times to fully understand them. We aren’t shown this information; we’re just told, all at once. BAM, here it is.
But it’s totally forgivable, because I’m starting on the third book now…
I think I’ve been hooked.
Rating: 4 stars