Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 16, 2007
Pages: 332
Read it in: 3 days

Summary: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires-- the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their gaurdians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fruaght with danger... and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever...

LC's Take: 

Wow. Now this was one sexy, exciting, and suspenseful book! Hmmm... what did I like most about it? The sizzling hott characters? The completely addicting story line? The irresistible drama? I can't decide! Vampire Academy was pretty much just one big guilty pleasure from beginning to end.

Rose Hathaway was an awesome main character-- snarky and funny, she definitely added humor to the plot without getting annoying, and the whole story was that much better when reading it from her point of view. (After all there's nothing worse than having to read from the POV of a boring character!) I also loved Rose's loyalty to Lissa. Yes, she's her guardian, so it makes sense that she's protective, but they're also best friends, and you could tell that Rose genuinely cared about Lissa and worried about her self-destructive tendencies.

Speaking of, Lissa was another great main character-- she kept the story interesting because she was so unpredictable. First she was very kind, loving and sweet, but then she also had this very dark, scary, out-of-control side to her-- these two warring sides made Lissa a complex character who you want to read and learn more about.

OK, and can we spend a small moment here talking about Dmitri?? **swoon!**  I mean girls, like-- whoa, talk about hottest book character EVER, I totally have the biggest book crush on this guy lol. He's Russian, he's apparently got an amazing body, he's sensitive, aaaaand he kills evil vampires for a living-- what's not to love? Yep, definitely looking forward to reading-- and gushing-- more about Dmitri in the future! Also, I really want to see how the whole "forbidden love" thing with Rose goes down...

So my only one small complaint about this book was all the typos in it. I know, I know this has nothing to do with the actual story and is more about final editing and all, but I just find it to be so distracting, I literally stopped at one point to have a small internal rant about why someone didn't proofread before publishing! This just bothers me to no end. One or two typos, not a big deal, but having over a dozen blatant typos in one book, that just seems sloppy. OK, I'm done with that rant, we can continue.

Vampire Academy really was one of those books you can just devour, fly through in a couple sittings, and be ready for more when you get to the end. Everyone told me I had to read this book, and I'm so glad I did! It had everything you could ask for-- characters you care about, romance, forbidden love, suspense, humor, and twists at the end. This is a series I will definitely be continuing in the future!

LC's Rating:
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I'll say what everyone else said to me: If you haven't read Vampire Academy yet, you should! This book had everything that makes for a great story, and it was so much fun to read. A great plot line and interesting characters had me hooked from beginning to end!

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12 comments:

  1. I read this book a while ago and for some inexplicable reason have not read the rest. I will definitely try to move this series up on my TBR list. Great review!

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  2. You've probably heard this already, and about other books, but if you think the first book was ready, just wait. It really DOES just get better and better with each book!

    Molli
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  3. I LOVE THIS REVIEW!!! Thank you for posting this :) I LOVE Vampire Academy! It's my fave, tied with Morganville Vampires. When you're done with VA series, definitely check out MV. You will get attached too!

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  4. I tried reading this a week or two ago and couldn't get past the first few pages - I was a little confused and was worrying I didn't grab the first book. I did apparently! I don't know why but I found the beginning really confusing, almost like I missed something big - so I ended up putting it down for something else and it just stayed down. I'm going to try again though next week. I really would love a good series!

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  5. Book Crook Liza - please give it a chance. for some people, it didn't start getting "interesting" until the third book. hang in there, trust me, you will NOT regret it.

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  6. Dimitri...sigh (Does that cover it?)

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  7. This is one of my favorite series, well worth your time I promise.

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  8. Fantastic review! I read the entire series and I loved every minute! With the release of the spin-off series Bloodlines, I am looking for the excuse to re-read. :)

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  9. The only book in the series that I found likeable :(

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  10. This is one of my favorite books. The story & characters are amazing. I read this book in 15 hours, I couldn't put it down. I've read all the other books in this series & I loved those as well. However book 1, 2 & 3 were & still are my favorites. Dimitri just makes me ... *sigh*. Whoever hasn't read this series, I recommend you to read it, you won't be disappointed. ;)

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  11. I agree Vampire Academy is absolutely amazing! The VA series is one of my favorites and I bought all the books the day they were released. I agree, Dimitri is EXTREMELY swoon-worthy; he's a gorgeous forbidden romantic interest with a sexy foreign accent. What more could you ask for? Hopefully if they make this book into a movie, they won't totally wreck everything like they did in Twilight....

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  12. I loved this book and read the entire series one right after the other as one long book. I couldn't put the series down.

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