Review: Vampire Academy


Vampire Academy
By Richelle Mead

Source: Library
Page count: 332
Genres: Young Adult, Vampires, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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...

My review:

Firstly, don’t judge this book by it’s title or cover. I hate the title (vampires have such a bad image now), and the covers... just no (they’re really disgusting). The actual book was really amazing though - it had themes of friendship, and all of the characters were very interesting to read about. I really enjoyed this book!

My favourite aspect was Rose. I think I’m in the minority here (lots of reviews are disliking her), but I thought she was a great lead. It’s nice to finally see a YA protagonist who’s witty, sarcastic, and open about her sexuality - she’s not afraid to flaunt her attitude and just slay, which is why I like her so much.

Rose and Lissa’s friendship was another thing that was very original (and that we should definitely see more of) in YA. Their loyalty to each other was something that definitely beats Bella Swan, and dedication truly admirable. Rose’s comebacks when she was defending Lissa, really made me laugh too!

I really liked the idea of the school. Although it’s not the most original, I’m a real sucker for a boarding school with paranormal aspects, so this book was perfect for me. The romance in this book didn’t distract from the storyline, and didn’t compromise the character’s personalities, so it made a change from most books!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I had been putting it off for a long time because of the horrible covers and title, but I’m really glad I finally read it. I will definitely be picking up the next book sometime soon, and hope it’s as good as the first!

My rating:

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  1. I haven't really gotten around to read this book yet, but I'm really excited since i will get it from the library tommorow! :D I love your review of the book and that your right we shouldn't judge books by their cover! Thanks for the review! :)

    1. Yay! It's really good and well worth the read. Thanks so much, and thankyou for dropping by and leaving a comment! :)

  2. I love Rose, she is a strong character! This series is really good, I know you'll enjoy the rest :D

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

    1. I'm a bit worried because I've heard many people say that the series gets really bad towards the end, but hopefully I won't think that and still enjoy it!

      Thanks for the comment :)

    2. To me, it does go a little down hill but it's still worth the read and I hope do you like it! I liked it, but then again I've been told I have strange taste in books sometimes ha ha.

    3. I read Frostbite recently, and I have to admit, it wasn't as good as the first. I still liked it, but I just felt like it was lacking something... you know what I mean? It was good and all that, but everything Vampire Academy had, Frostbite just didn't. I'll still be continuing with the rest of the series though! :)


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