Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Series: Vampire Academy #1
Author: Richelle Mead


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.


A friend of mine who runs her own book blog, Kelly at Dandelion Dreams, had suggested this book to me a few times. Since I trust her taste in books and I will probably see the movie, I caved into peer pressure and went out and bought it at my local used book store. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end - I just wish I had the next one already so I could keep reading about the characters.

I had heard the terms before, but the politics of being Moroi, dhampir, and strigoi adds new and interesting layers to the vampire YA novel. It's not just an "everyone is a vampire, doing vampire things" vampire novel. It adds a social order to the way things work. Richelle Mead took it to a new level, improving on the tropes we are so used to reading through.

The Vampire Academy is as close to a high school as a school full of vampires can be. There are cliques, mean girls who spread gossip, bad boys, boys that are so good that they're boring, nerds, and the best people in the world - the ones like Rose and Lissa that you just want to be best friends with. The only difference is the Moroi "eat" off humans, drinking their blood. They have superhuman strength, and their classes involve magic - not math or chemistry.

Even though I'm in my twenties now, I really related to Rose and what she was going through at the academy. It sucks being somewhere you don't really want to be with people you don't want to be around. Also, pining after an attractive guy that doesn't see you the way you want him to. There were a few things she did that I didn't like, but she was just doing what she thought was best to protect her best friend Lissa.

I would definitely say that I am hooked on this series, and I will continue reading it. I would recommend this to anyone who loves some great YA, vampire stories, or anyone just looking for a good book to read. I loved it, you will too.