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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Released Date: August 16, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: Paperback (332 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Genre: Fantasy
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Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description: 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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Memorable Quotes:

"The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms."

"And than suddenly he was there, charging down the hallway like death in a cowboy duster"

"The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows.Remember that."

"I had a standing arrangement with God : I'd agree to believe in him, so long as he let me sleep in on Sundays."

My Musings: I am absolutely in love with this book series. Words can not describe the feelings I have each time I read them. I remember picking up this book shortly after finishing Twilight. It was recommended to me by and at the time I didn't have any suggests on what to read next. Let me just say that after finishing the first one it blew my mind and I had to rush to the store to pick up the rest (at the time Blood Promise was just being released).

After reading Twilight, I really began to dislike for Bella Swan's lack of a back bone. All she did through out the whole series was play games, and get rescured...Enter Rose. This was not the case for Rose Hathaway. She is funny, clever, and a complete smart-ass: qualities that I absolutely adore. Rose is very refreshing, because she never places herself to play the role of the victim. She would rather die than miss the opportunity to fight back and protect the ones she loves.

The romantic interest, Dimitri, has to be the hottest character I have come across in a long time within any fictional story. Who would not go for a tall, dark, and sexy Russian man, who happens to be slight older and forbidden? He was a great element to throw Rose's world upside, since he must be her mentor.

Lastly, the bond between Lissa and Rose reminds me of my own friendship with my best friend. They are willing to do anything they can to protect each other, even if it means dying or getting into typical high school trouble.

All I have to say is Richelle Mead is an excellant author. She is not the type to talk down to you, and is not afraid to throw in hard topics like sex, self-cutting, and other related topics.

Overall, Vampire Academy delivers everything from humor, action, mystery, suspense, and of course, forbidden romance. What more could a person ask for?

Cover Art: It has a very nice cover. It definitely catches Rose's sneaky smile.

Reading Order:
Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice


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