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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased from Barnes and Noble
Series or Standalone?: 1st in 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.

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Vampire Academy is one of the really great vampire books out there. It’s one of the first books that comes to my lips when people ask for vampire novel suggestions, even with all the vampire novels out there. I loved the characters, especially the protagonist Rose. She’s such a great, tough, quick witted girl that has one hell of a smart-ass tongue. She can hold her own with the boys, or, actually, she can kick their butts clean to Timbuktu. If there is one thing I love more than a dreamy male love interest with soulful eyes and great hair {dripping sarcasm} it’s a badass female.  (Have I used up my quota for saying ‘ass’ in a single review? I think not.)

All right, I will say that vampire boarding schools are not the newest thing on the block, but Mead presented it in a way that I felt I was reading about this genre for the first time. Her writing was very eloquent and flowed nicely, and Rose as out narrator was so well fleshed out. Also, the concept of the bond between Rose and Lissa really caught my interest.

The only thing about this book that I didn’t really like was the cover, which has nothing to do with the quality of the writing or the characters. I just think that the angle for that picture is terrible. And is it just me or does the model on the cover look like Angelina Jolie?!?!

Other books in this series:
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice (UNRELEASED)

Plot: 4/5
Cover: 2/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Uniqueness: 3.5/5
Characters: 5/5



  1. I cannot really comment on the book as I've never read it yet (even though the book is on my shelf since like... forever!). Though, the first time I saw the cover of the book, I also think that the girl is Angelina Jolie! Look TOO much alike, won't you agree?

  2. Doing the rounds amongst the daughters of my friends at the moment, I am determined to read it at some point as I have heard such a lot about it, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. I absolutely LOVED this book. I was so happy you mentioned/reviewed it! :)

    I actually really liked the cover, though. I never got Angeline Jolie, although I can see the resemblance. Anyway, I love the model for that book cover - I'm almost 75% convinced they used the same model for Frostbite. I'd recognize that upturn of the nose anywhere. :o

  4. This series is one of the best I've read in a long time. And you know, I thought the same exact thing about the cover model when I first saw it. Very strange.

  5. I'm a mom in my mid 30's and this is one of my favorite series so far. Richelle Mead is a fantastic writer! The books keep you so insanely glued to the books that you don't want to put them down until they are done, and once your done, your left drooling for more. I love this series and highly recommend everyone of any age to read it.

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  7. Haha nope not just you that girl definitely resembles Angelina Jolie. Weird.....

    I'm a new follower! I would love it if you would follow me back. :)

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

  8. Totally looks like Angelina Jolie! It's mainly in the eyes, but yeah, the overall face, strong lips/high cheekbones, definitely, definitely look like Angelina Jolie.

  9. I'm trying to get into this book but I don't read a lot of vampire themed books. I hear a lot of good things about this one though!


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