(Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication: August 16th, 2007 by Razorbill
Page count: 332 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Paranormal, Romance
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.
Turns out, Vampire Academy was surprisingly enjoyable. Right from the start, I knew that Rose and I were going to get along just fine. I love her voice – she is a snarky heroine who isn’t afraid to give assholes a punch when they deserve it. Not only is she a greatly loyal friend, she is also dedicated to her job as Lissa’s guard. On the quite opposite, however, Lissa’s character didn’t particularly stand out for me. She seems to be too dependent, but there are a few moments that made me appreciate her more. The friendship between these two characters is something I definitely loved reading about.
Usually, in YA books, the main character is someone insecure about her appearance, someone who has trouble talking with boys, but she is actually a special person, the only hope blah blah blah. Unfortunately she’s not strong enough yet so she has to be protected blah blah blah – you get the point. I liked that the story is told from Rose’s POV instead of Lissa’s. I’m not saying that Lissa is the typical YA protagonist – which she is not – but it’s just fresh to see a story from a different perspective, if you know what I mean.
To my annoyance, the story seems to contain more high school vampire academy drama. There are people who will do anything to get to the top of popularity ladder, the fake gossip, back-stabbing, etc. I didn’t expect this book to blow my mind, but I also didn’t expect that there would be THIS much of drama. The pacing drags in the middle of the book, but thankfully there’s Rose to keep me interested with her sarcasms and humors. And Christian. Because he’s funny and awesome like this:
Goddammit. Not gonna lie, but I liked him better than boring Dimitri. There I said it. To be frank, I found the romance between Dimitri and Rose to be…a little disturbing due to their seven years age gap. I mean, yeah sure “age doesn’t matter” – we all know this phrase but I STILL thought it was pretty creepy… On the contrary, Lissa and Christian are just so cute together <3
I’m sure almost everyone here has read this series. I just wanna say that I hope in the next installment there would be more plot development because that’s what the first book is seriously lacking on.