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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on January 2, 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 332
Format: Kindle
five-stars

ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!! BE CAUTIOUS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET!!!

Okay so I told myself in high school that I wouldn’t read this series at all because I just didn’t think that it was going to be all that good. After a long debate, within my inner head and of course with looking at the movie trailer that I thought looked pretty good and different but I haven’t seen the movie yet, decided to give the series a shot. Now I am sucked in and sad that I am almost done with this new book series but I am glad that she has another book series out that is still a part of the Vampire Academy world. Anyways back to the present with this book. I know that I made my book review blog a while ago and that I haven’t posted anything since I started it. But here I am with this review that I hope everyone likes. (Oh and I also started it because it was set in Montana which is pretty cool!! That and I also just recently moved here!!!) So anyways…book review time.

I started to read this book on May 10 and ended it on May 11 despite adding it to my book list on good reads(a book site) in January and writing this review a month later(which probably wasn’t the best idea to do). I read this book on my kindle because I don’t have any of them in the actual book form which is quite sad as that is how I love to read my books. Even if recently I had to read them on my kindle as I have only bought electronic based books from Amazon right know but I do have actual books. As I first started this book the thing that was going through my mind after the first sentence was ‘Oh great what have I gotten myself into this time?’ but as I went further on in my reading I found out that I actually liked the way that the author was able to suck, no pun intended, into the book. It was a little bit weird when I first read “Images-hers, not mine-tumbled through my mind: fire and blood, the smell of smoke, the twisted metal of a car.” I mean without knowing about the two main characters, Rosemarie and Vasilisa, having a bond that let one of them, Rose, into the other’s head, all because of Lissa bringing Rose back from being dead, was weird but then you end up learning about that later on, toward the end of the book if I’m not mistaken, and then it hits you in the head, or at least it did with me, that this is what the author meant at the beginning of the book.

The whole book is written in the first person perspective which could be annoying and it could not as it mostly depends on the person that is reading the book. With this book I realized that it wasn’t annoying as it was interesting and as I read further I realized that Mrs. Mead made a wonderful choice with choosing Rose as the first person teller. Let’s just ponder the thought of if Richelle decided on doing it in Vasilisa’s, Lissa’s, voice then it would probably still be a good book but once she got captured by sort of uncle, Victor Dashkov, who wanted Lissa to be his personal healer though know as I am putting it into words that does sound like it could have worked but probably not to the full extent as Lissa wasn’t able to really tell if Rose was in her mind or not. Seeing by this point we learn about Lissa being able to wield the magic of spirit. A magic that the Moroi thought wasn’t around anymore as it wasn’t really a power that a lot of Moroi could wield. She didn’t want to heal him at first but then he had one of the other Moroi with him, that was able to wield the magic of air, try to suffocate her and she ended up doing it. After Victor was healed Rose and Dimitri, another Dhampir that both him and Rose fell for each other but not really wanting to admit it either, arrived with some others to save Lissa. If you have seen the movie or read the book then you know how or what I mean by this.

By the end of the book I was feeling bad for these two main characters, who got away from the boarding school because of someone like Victor wanting Lissa for themselves, but ended up going back all only for Lissa to get taken and for Victor to be put into jail. I also felt bad for Victor’s daughter, Natalie, who turned Strigoi to help her father escape his jail at the school but ended up really dying in the process and all just because she was trying to get her father’s attention and all that had to happen so that he could  found out if Lissa could really wield spirit and heal him of his illness that was killing him. Through all of this chaos though this book was pretty good. For a first book even if at some points, especially when Rose started to talk about what happened in the past events, didn’t make any sense. But I get with what Mrs. Mead was trying to do. She was trying to get as much information into this book as she could without making the reader think twice about reading her books and adding this as a foundation for a pretty good series later on in the other books. Especially since this book takes place at the beginning of Rose and Lissa’s senior year and with them being gone from the Academy for two years.

Hopefully this review makes sense for whoever is reading this book review. This books series is a pretty good one and I actually like it despite my first thoughts about this book back in high school of it probably not being any good. I was probably reading Twilight/other book series at the time and was probably thinking that I was good on vampires/and book series. But my guess was sooo wrong on this book. I like this series and I can’t believe it took me seven years to finally be able to read this series.

I hope that this review has helped you with deciding to or not to reading this book and hopefully my reviews of the other books in this series helps you with deciding if this book series is worth it.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.