Saturday, February 6, 2010
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever... (summary from authors site)
Click here to read an excerpt from Vampire Academy.
My thoughts...I must have been living under a rock because out of all the YA vampire novels I have read, this is one of my favorite. I do not know why I waited so long to read it. Vampire Academy introduces us to Rose, a kick-butt heroine who would sacrifice herself to defend her friend Lissa. Rose is drawn to her trainer, Dimitri who is not only kick butt, he's sexy. Readers are also introduced to several other characters in the story. I liked Chirstian from the start. I hope we see more of him in future books.
While there are similarities to other YA vampire novels, Richelle Mead puts her own spin on the story and makes it unique and interesting. Once I got to about the 50th page, I devoured the story. While the majority of the characters in the story are teenagers, they are mature. They find themselves in dangerous situations, but they still manage to use common sense. There are a few scenes of an adult nature, but they are tastefully written and not very graphic. The story provided quite a bit of background about the Vampires and Dhapirs without boring the reader. The ending left a great lead into the next book, Frostbite.
The cons...I have none. This book far exceed what I expected and I can't wait to continue in the series.
Cover LOVE? Ah, the cover is alright. It gives you a nice picture of Rose, although I think the angle is awkward. It is not my favorite in the series.
For more information about Richelle Mead and her books, visit her website or her blog on livejournal.
Vampire Academy reading order:
1. Vampire Academy (Aug 2007)
2. Frostbite (April 2008)
3. Shadow Kiss (Nov 2008)
4. Blood Promise (Aug 2009)
5. Spirit Bound (coming May 18, 2010)
If you liked this book, you many also enjoy...
1. Marked by PC and Kristen Cast
2. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
3. Blue Bloods by Melissa DeLa Cruz
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