AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
GENRE: paranormal, romance
PUBLICATION DATE: Aug 16th 2007
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.
Hyped Vampire Academy series. I thought I finally found a vampire book I'd like. No such luck.
The girl on the cover reminds me of Angelina Jolie? It's not her, isn't it?
PlotThe whole idea of a vampire academy, Russian aristocrats, Strigoi, Moroi, guardians etc. wasn't half bad. I did enjoy the story, even if it was a bit plain and predictable (I figured everything out before I even got to the halfway point).
I just don't get the hype surrounding the series. Does it get better with each book? Maybe that's the case, because this one didn't impress me all that much.
CharactersI liked the relationship between Rose and Lissa. But.
I think Rose was the most infuriating main character I've stumbled upon recently. She was meant to be kick-ass, but came out as bitchy. I was a bit put off since the beginning, when Rose called her teacher 'fascist pig' without really grasping the meaning. I know it was supposed to show her attitude, but I was baffled.
Then it got worst, especially when Rose got the idea of telling the whole school that her arch nemesis slept with two other guys. I mean... wow.
As for the other characters, I liked Dimitri, Mason, and other secondary characters, but none of them stood out too much for me. Maybe that was the problem - I like action-packed books as long as they're character-driven. VA didn't feel like that kind of book.
WritingIt was alright. As far as vampire books I've read go, this one was one of the best written. The action run smoothly and the author didn't write about every emotion the main heroine felt, or what she was wearing. Definitely a plus.
It's not that I hated this book. It just frustrated me. A lot. I like when books make me feel things, but in a positive way. In Vampire Academy's case, I felt disgusted. I've heard a lot of good things about this book and the series, so I might give it another chance and read the second book. Maybe. Later.