Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 332
Book #1 of the Vampire Academy 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.
1. In case you didn't know, I'm currently on the hunt all of this year to find some really good vampire series/books and obviously, this book was the first on my list to check out. Seeing as this book has been talked about so much by so many people, I thought I would stop putting off reading it and decided to finally pick it up. Let's get started with the review!
2. Even though they weren't my favorite group, I still really enjoyed the characters in this book. I especially loved Rose. She was very determined and didn't take well to authority and was the type of person who didn't like being told what to do, who to be and how to act. I felt she was very rebellious but still aware of her duties as a protector of Lissa.
3. I also liked that this book had multiple high points that kept me intrigued. It was quite a roller coaster of events with something unexpected right around the corner in every chapter.
4. Overall, it was worth the read and I had a lot of fun reading it. I will most definitely be continuing on with the series. It wasn't overly cheesy or unbelievable and it was even funny at times. It was a darker read that I enjoyed and it was romantic, exciting, mysterious and a lot of fun.
1. At times during this book, it got really slow and sometimes felt like it dragged some scenes on too long. Which is a common problem with most books so nothing personal!
2. I would've loved to see more character development in this book since I couldn't connect with most of them. I know during the rest of the books I'll more than likely see just that but I would've liked to have gotten to know them in this first book.
Age Recommendation: 13+
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