Sunday, June 26, 2011

Book Review: Vampire Academy


Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Release date: 16th August 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 332 (paperback)
Second book: "Frostbite" 10th April 2008

Summary from Goodreads:

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. Okay, I’ve read a lot of books about vampires and, although this is not my favorite one I really enjoyed it.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

The plot was really good, it’s for me the first time that I read about “alive vampires” and “dead vampires”. I thought they were all dead, you see.
For a change it’s refreshing to have a story that is not so focused on love but on friendship and loyalty. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all about love (romance is one of my favorite topics) but to be able to “feel” what Rose and Vasilisa (I love her name!) go through… I truly believe friendship is one of the most important things in life.

In this book we get the idea of an academy that is set in this world but we, humble normal humans, don't know anything about it.
We see the story through Rose' eyes. And, let me tell you, she is one of the best heroines I've read about. She is strong, confident and sometimes, most of them to protect or help Vasilisa, arrogant and bad mouthed. But she is also very loyal, and that's why I love her.
Lisa -or Vasilisa- is the complete opposite to Rose. After losing here family she loses her confidence and becomes very shy and vulnerable. But at the same time she would do anything to help Rose. And she hides a secret, a very interesting secret that can change her live - and Rose's live- for ever.
Now, don't get me wrong. Vasilisa isn't stupid... in fact, no one should mess with her. And I like that "dark side" of hers.

Now, for the male characters… I totally and utterly loved Dimitri (I have a thing for Russian names xD). How focused he is, the way he controls his own feelings in order to protect Lisa just because it’s how things work… Please, tell me, would you be able to do something like that? Without having second thoughts? I wish I could say yes, but I’m not sure.
We have also Christian, the "bad/mysterious" guy who is an outsider in the academy for something his parents did... But he has charisma and, deep down is a good boy.

And the end of the book… I most certainly wasn’t expecting that so the surprise was REALLY good. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Read it, you won't get dissapointed.

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