28 December 2009

Review-Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Pages: 332

Publisher: Penguin Group

Description from the back of the book:

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 guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

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

My thoughts (hopefully no spoilers):

It took me a long time to pick up this book. I always saw it in the bookstore even before I read Twilight. I would get to the Young Adult section, look at the book cover, think that the girl on the cover looks like Angelina Jolie, grimace and continue down the isle. Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of Angelina Jolie and it has stopped me from reading a book that is really good (don’t judge a book by it’s cover). I finally bit the proverbial bullet and I’m glad I did.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found it interesting and addictive. Although Richelle Mead did not go into the history of the Moroi (Mead’s version of vampires) or how they were created, she really leaves the plot open for the rest of the series. I also thought it was interesting that her vampires live almost a regular life span, as humans, and to become evil, a vampire must kill a human or another vampire to become immortal.

The relationship between Rose and Lissa is very intimate, almost as though they were an old married couple. Their bond is exquisite in which Rose can feel what she is feeling, knowing whether or not she is in danger.

The chemistry between Rose and Demitri is sizzling hot. He starts out as her mentor, wanting her to be the best that she can be and then defends her honor when rumor fly of her being a blood whore. How cute is that. All girls want their honor to be defended. Although it was great that he saved her from Natalie (turned Strogoi), I really wanted Rose to prove herself and kill her.

Overall, the story was great and I’m already thinking about getting the next one. It was very unexpected and tells a very different story of vampires. I recommend this book to those who like vampire books. It will not disappoint.


Becky said...

Ok, I give in. I will read this book. Your review has sold me. I'm actually quite fascinated now.

Justine said...

:O! I thought the same when I first saw the cover! Even my mom thoughts the girl looked like Angelina Jolie...and it's kept me from reading it too. Oh boy, I hate judging books by their cover.
But I'll definitely check it out now. Before, I was on the border line...and now, I'm positive I'll read it :)

Kay said...

Thanks for giving such a positive review! The Demitri/Rose relationship sounds insanely hot - but then again, mentor-esque relationships usually are. I have had it in my basket for a while, but never got around to buying it... well, I just have.

Nina said...

I think I need to read this now. :)
Great review.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I like this series too. With so many vamp books you never know, but this one was fun!

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