[Review] Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy
(Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication: August 16th, 2007 by Razorbill
Page count: 332 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Paranormal, Romance
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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.

Review

This is one of the series my classmate has been pushing me to read (other than 50 Shades of Gray, which I’m so avoiding, by the way, considering that I’m underage) and to be honest, I’m not expecting much from a vampire book.

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:

Literally.

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.

Note the absence of quotes in this review because (1) I read it in Indonesian translation my friend lent me and (2) I couldn’t find a single good quote. Even when I browsed on Goodreads.

 

24 comments

  1. I liked this series just fine. The books were already out when I read the entire series. But I’m so glad that I did read it because I loved the spin-off series, Bloodlines. And good call with FSOG, you’re still too young for that. 😉

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    1. Haha, I can’t believe 3 of my classmates who are still underage have read and loved this Fifty Shases.

      Yeah, I liked it too, I’m hoping the rest of the series don’t contain drama this much because the main character is really awesome!

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  2. I think you’ll find as the series progresses, that the drama you disliked in this one is cut back bit by bit. It helps that Rose and Lissa’s issues are suddenly so much bigger than being popular in school.

    I didn’t once question the age-gap between Rose and Dimitri, but it’s probably because I’m a little older. My husband is almost 5 years older than me, which in my late teens would have been scandalous. But now, it’s old hat 🙂

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    1. Yes! Good to hear that 😀 It’s such a shame if the story isn’t as kickass as Rose.

      I guess it’s also a matter of taste? My friend shipped DimRose like crazy and she’s the same age as me. She said older guys were more mature 🙂 while I, on the other hand, prefer boys around the same age as I am. That makes sense now 😛

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  3. YES. I’m so happy that you love Rose. She’s one of my favourite characters ever. Lissa, however, is one of my least favourites. I despise her. Her relationship with Rose is great though. AND CHRISTIAN. He’s waaaaayyyy better than Dimitri, and I even ship him with Rose. Like Kelly said, as the series goes on, the drama decreases and there is more action and sadness and all that good stuff.

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    1. Now I’m so excited to read the next book! My friend will bring it for me tomorrow 😀

      Yeah, I didn’t like Lissa much either. I found her character to be lackluster even if she’s a bit different from the “typical” YA characters out there. There were some moments that made me go “aww, poor you” but there were also lots of “WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THAT HUH?!?!” ><

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  4. I loved Dimka but I loved Christian too.. and honestly.. it’s a pity that someone like him ended up with Lissa. I loved Rose but Lissa bothered me.
    I did love this book so it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. I am glad that you enjoyed it overall as well!

    Great review, Kezia!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Seems like everyone here doesn’t like Lissa xD Despite the drama, I still managed to enjoy this book thanks to Rose’s humorous narrative. I know this is too early to say but I think I’m going to like the rest of the series if Rose keeps her personality like this 🙂

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  5. I’m so glad you finally read it! I loved it and I guess you’re right about the relationship but I loved it anyway. The book is a lot on high school drama but I just loved Rose’s humour. I love how the main character is confident and this book definitely doesn’t follow the usual protagonist cliche.
    Great review Kezia!
    (btw I love the Fullmetal Alchemist photo)

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    1. YES! Rose is awesome! I haven’t read a lot of main characters like this so it’s definitely a breath of fresh air 😛

      Thanks! Fullmetal Alchemist is, in fact, my all-time favorite manga and anime. Christian immediately reminded me of Roy so I just have to use that pic, alright 😉

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  6. YAY I am so glad that you finally read this book Kezia! I totally love this series and oh Dimitri is so hot. Rose is definitely a beloved protagaonist because she is so strong and snarky. Not like Lissa who isn’t my favourite. Can’t wait for you to read the rest!

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    1. I can’t wait as well! I want to know what happen next, especially since everyone here says that there will be more plot development in the following installments. And my friend might have teased me about Christian’s lots of appearance in the 2nd book hahahha.

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  7. I’m glad you enjoyed the book! I definitely do agree that it felt more concentrated on the drama at the school but I think the first book also served to introduce everyone to the world of Vampire Academy. I think further through the series, the plot progression dominates the book.

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    1. So happy to hear that the story will get better! And you’re right — in the 1st it’s mainly about the school and how it works, the relationship between dhampir, Strigoi and Moroi and their elemental abilities.

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  8. I recently read this one, but I haven’t reviewed yet. I did enjoy it and think this is series that improves as it goes on. Rose is fantastic and i think Dimitri is my boyfriend.I am glad you enjoyed this Kezia!

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    1. Yay! Glad to know that you enjoyed it as well! I still feel unimpressed when it comes to Dimitri but maybe my opinion will change in the future?? xD

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  9. This series comes so highly recommended that I’m afraid to read it, haha. Glad to hear you enjoyed the first book, although it was high on drama. I wonder whether the next books in the series have the same amount of drama. Will look forward to your review of the next one (:

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    1. Same, I feel as if I’m the last one to hop on the train…Lots of people say that there will be more plot progression — let’s hope that it’s true! 😀

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  10. I didn’t like the drama in this book either and I can’t decide if I really want to continue with the series. It was just hard to get into the story at times and the romance was just ok. I did really like the mystery aspect to the book and Rose was a great main character =)

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  11. Ozera > everyone! HAHA I really like Christian above everyone and Rose just came a runner-up. I like the world building, but I still find some things about this book – lacking. Like Rose & Dimitri’s relationship. I can’t really feel the chemistry, I guess? Great review!

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  12. Like you i was so hesitant to start this series since i was so over the whole “vampire” thing. (serouisly after twilight I wanted nothign to do with them) but people kept pushing this one on me so i FINALLY gave in. (also the covers made me stray, i’m still not a fan. They’re majorly cringe-worthy). I ended up binge reading the series for a week straight and FALLING IN UTTER AND COMPLETE LOVE. serouisly— this series was so kickass. Yeah the firsts bok was a bit too “high schoolish” like you said but you need to stick it out since it gets WAY darker fairly quickly. And yeah Ozaera was pretty awesome *sigh* haha!
    A friend of mine is also urging me to read Fity Shades (we’re both underage and i feel incredibly awkward even thinking about reading it) but i see myself not picking that one up anytime soon!
    great review !
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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  13. Oh, wow. I haven’t read Vampire Academy yet, nor have I watched it, but I didn’t know there would be a lot of high school drama in it. When we talk about vampires, we oftentimes assume there would be just a lot of bad-assery going on, a lot of fighting and fangs sinking into throats I would have been bored at my mind, too. There’s just enough of that I can take. Nevertheless, I’m glad you found the friendship endearing! 🙂

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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  14. I completely agree about the age difference. The gap between them is too big for my taste. If it would have been 20 and 27 I wouldn’t have mind, but now..

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  15. I remember reading this the first time and loving the relationship between Rose and Dimitri and my friend said something about age and mentioned the seven years thing and I was like “SEVEN YEARS?” Must have skipped over that part ^^’ I really do like the series though! Glad you enjoyed it!

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