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.
I gave Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 3/5 stars.
As I write this book talk I just finished Spirit Bound the second to last book in the Vampire Academy series and will be starting The Last Sacrifice as soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading. Needless to say, I am hooked into this series and I feel after a rereading that I would give Vampire Academy more than 3 stars.
Lets just start off with the big reason why I gave Vampire Academy 3/5 stars. I first started reading Vampire Academy in February or March of this year after I watched the movie for the first time. As a person who never read the book and didn’t really know much about it, the movie got me completely hooked into reading it. I’ve had it sitting on the floor of my room (lack of space for bookshelves) for about a year at this point and I was in the middle of a reading slump and I thought it would get me out of it. Well…I was completely wrong. Vampire Academy in the first part of the book can be a bit slow, as they are introducing all the characters, the differences between all the species like the Strigoi, Miroi, and Dhampir, and I was just ready for action. So needless to say, I wasn’t feeling it and being in a reading slump I put the book down for about 2-3 months.
A few weeks back, I decided I wanted to finish some of the books that I’d set down during my slump or just didn’t want to finish in the past year and decided to start with Vampire Academy, because it was the most clear one in my head. After I started reading it again, I was hooked like I was wanting to be and finished it that day. It’s funny when I think about it now, because I set it down right before the action in the book started to pick up and I should of known that from the movie, so had I not been lazy and gave up on the book during my slump, I could of finished this book a lot earlier and gotten out of my slump. So I gave Vampire Academy 3 stars as it couldn’t hold my attention for the first part of the book, but I think after a reread it could get a 4-4.5 star rating.
Now enough about my reading habit when it came to the Vampire Academy and lets get to the book itself! I have to say I think Richelle Mead did a great job introducing the characters and the world that the Vampire Academy series takes place in. I mean you have this supernatural story, but I felt that it was thrust into this contemporary world, that flowed very nicely together. I’m a huge fan of when authors are able to accomplish writing a supernatural or fantasy story, but are able to tie it into the real world. Besides being able to accomplish this, Richelle brought to life this amazing well rounded personality filled characters that I find it hard to not fall in love with one if not all of them.I mean Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Christian, heck even Mia! When it comes to this book or series, there is a character for everyone.
Now, I hope you all enjoyed my book talk for Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Stay tuned the next few days as I will be posting a book talk for each book of the Vampire Academy series. Also in case you’re wondering I would totally want to be a Dhampir if I was brought into this world…or Christian lol!
About the Author:
Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.
Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.