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DescriptionSt Vladimir's Academy is a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic. 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.
- Published: 28 August 2008
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781595141743 ISBN 10: 159514174X
- Sales rank: 3,034
Reviews for Vampire Academy
Despite the hype, I couldn't get into this.
I start this review with the utmost trepidation because... well here's a book that pretty much every YA reader on the planet loves. It has crazy amounts of crazy fans and, well, I didn't think it was fantastic. It wasn't bad either. It did make me want to bash my head against the wall at some points (we'll get to that), but some other points were genuinely good. But did it have me jumping out of my chair, bursting with joy, ecstatic about the awesome? Far from it.
Let's add some context of my reading situation, because I don't want to lead you on. I am not a vampire fan. In fact, I'm pretty much a vampire hater. I get creeped out by them, I don't think sucking blood is sexy, it's just not for me. So I was planning to just avoid this, and never read it (as with all books with 'vampires' in the title/synopsis), but no. *tsks* My friends couldn't leave well enough alone. And the awesome Judith made me an offer I couldn't refuse (ha) by sending the book to me so I wouldn't even have to buy it or find some other place to borrow it. So obviously, I had to read it. But by that time I was curious. I mean, I might like it. I might hate it. Curiosity was getting the better of me. So while I was still very skeptical about it, I set off on my reading journey, deciding to liveblog it on Twitter (#vampirehaterreadsVA) to provide some LOLs or impressions.
My problem with Vampire Academy surprisingly is not the vampire aspect. Usually, I'm, like, vampires? EW. And I was scared, when I started reading, that already on page 3 there was a "feeding" scene. I thought it wouldn't end well. But the vampire aspect is rather tame, to be honest. As Rose herself is not a vampire but a Dhampir, a half-blood vampire bodyguard, that typical stuff is kept largely out of the picture. In fact, I quite liked these vampires. Much better than Twilight, in any case. These vampires are harmed by the sun, can wield elemental magic, and have an old fashioned monarchical, classist society. I do kind of dislike that their saliva is like a drug to the people they feed on, but... I managed to ignore that for the most part.
So what was my biggest problem with Vampire Academy? What made me want to throw the book across the room and bash my head against the wall sometimes? Rose. Yes, I know, you're all gaping at the screen right now. "How could she say that??? Rose is the most badass character ever!!!" Well, tough. You should already be proud of me that it's not the vampire thing bugging me. But here's the thing with Rose. Everyone says she's badass. Sure, she's reckless, loud, honest and won't take **** from anybody. But. There's a fine line between being awesomely badass and being obnoxiously cocky and conceited. And I feel like Rose crosses that line many, many times. Some examples of what I mean:
"The incident had given me a dangerous reputation, in addition to my smartass one. The story had gained legendary status, and I liked to imagine that it was still being told around campfires late at night." - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
"Natalie was nice but also one of the most uninteresting people I knew." - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
"I knew I was pretty, but to Moroi boys, my body was more than just pretty: it was sexy in a risquÃ© way."- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
"He was boring, yes, but safe. Just like Natalie. How come all the harmless people were so lame?" - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
"I knew perfectly well that there weren't a lot of girls at this school who looked as good in a bra as I did."- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Now, okay, you're all probably still glaring at me. Because, yes, to a certain extent it is refreshing to have a main character with a bit higher self-esteem than most. But when it's page after page of comments like this... Seriously, in some parts, on each page Rose was belittling different characters in her narrations, particularly Natalie - all the time. I got sick of her attitude. I wanted to throw the book across the room. It's a brand of cocky I can't take. Now, I want to be perfectly honest: had I not borrowed this book from Judith, and had it not had all this praise from everyone who's read it, I would have given up. That's how badly she pissed me off. All the time I was reading, I just kept thinking... "please run in front of a bus."
Luckily... I can say that she did seem to have grown a little by the end of the book. But I'm still extremely weary of her. She still needs a reality check and a slap across the face. (Also, the way she's so flirty and devil-may-care with her sexual reputation really bothered me for the fact that she was still a virgin.)
So I kept reading and kept reading... I didn't really know why. It's a really simple read, compulsively readable, one might say. I was sometimes annoyed by the juvenile narrations, but I set that aside, just because it read so quickly. But yeah, the writing style leaves more to be desired.
The plot never really hooked me either. I kept waiting and waiting to be sucked in or blown away, but it never happened. I had no clue where the story was going (and not in the good way, in the "where the hell is my plot?" way) and there was no real mystery sucking me in either. I was reading this just to read it because I'd promised friends I would. The plot was just... boring? average?
However, this negativity all out of the way, there were things I liked too. I liked Christian - he was probably my favorite character, because his devil may care attitude closely resembled my own attitude while reading this. I gradually warmed up to Dimitri, though I am not a screaming fangirl for him by any means. Lissa was really intriguing to me, and I think she's mostly why I kept reading, all things said and done. Her friendship with Rose was... interesting. I like it, for the most part.
The last quarter of the book was truly enjoyable though. Things finally started happening - interesting things (and not childish boarding school bitch wars). The romance between Rose and Dimitri certainly is hot. There's no getting around that. It definitely caught my attention, and I enjoyed it. And, as I said, Rose appeared to have grown a little. Action-esque plot things happened, some reveals were made, but nothing really blew my mind. It was fun to read, but, turning to the final page, I was still waiting to be wowed.
This is... a guilty pleasure read. Certainly, it has mass market appeal, proven by the screaming fangirls and glowing reviews. While it did have points of merit, I'm still not blown away. It was an all right read, but, to me, not really worth of all the hype. It's a fast and easily digestible read, there's hot boys, but Rose remains a stumbling block for me.
Will I continue with the series? I honestly don't know. I've heard it gets better and better, and the third book is particularly amazing, but I don't know if it's really worth my time if I'm not convinced here. And I don't know if Rose will really grow or if she will just continue to irritate me. Maybe I'll pick the second book up when I have cleared out my to-read list, have some free time, and want some nice romance on a rainy day. Because, yeah, I'd probably just be reading it for the romance.
Err... I don't know. I'm probably the black sheep here. Most readers would like it. by Debby (Snuggly Oranges)
Love this book
I read through the book pretty quickly than my normal pace. I took close to 2 days to complete it. I really really love the way Rose is not those typical YA teenage girls we read about. It's a good thing that the author doesn't beat about bush unlike some authors but instead go straight to the point and deliver it to us. That explains why I'm able to read through it soo quickly because unnecessary content is almost nonexistent. I've heard that the rest of the books are getting better and better and I hope i can get hold of 'em now.
Check out my blog for other reviews: http://blairthebookaholic.blogspot.sg/ by blair
So I started reading this book, a year or two back and absolutely loved it. I have now got all the books in the series and even the spin offs for this series. Richelle Mead has made the characters so real! I love Rose and Lissa's friendship, its jealous worthy. I have read these books over and over. I hope they make a movie about this series because its way better then Twilight. I would recommend buying this book if you love a little romance, action and some drama. by Brooke Bianco
Review from Esther's Ever After
So I FINALLY jumped on the VA bandwagon - I feel like I'm the last person to have read it! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Bloodlines last summer for review and decided to give it a shot - much to my surprise, I totally fell in love and it wasn't until I read Bloodlines that I actually had a desire to read VA!
I can totally see what all the fuss is about - I'm not a huge fan of vampires or paranormal books in general, but I really love that VA doesn't feel like every other vampire book out there. And a pretty awesome, strong lead female definitely helps too!
Reasons to Read:
1.This isn't your standard YA vampire fare:
I love that Richelle incorporated her own twists on vampires and different elements. To be honest, the vampires in the VA world very rarely felt like traditional vampires - or even vampires at all - for most of this first book. They just seemed so normal and, well, more like fancy humans. Especially since Rose is a dhampir. And I LOVE the magic aspect to it.
2.Great blend of paranormal and contemporary:
I also love that this one isn't overloaded with paranormal events and elements; there's a distinct contemporary feel to it, similar in the way that a lot of the characters go through very real, very familiar struggles. It definitely makes them easier to relate to, it's just more exciting than any of the highschool drama I ever witnessed haha.
3.Rose is a very different sort of main character:
I think in YA, we kind of get used to reading about the misfit characters - ones who aren't entirely confident, or just don't feel like they fit in. In some ways, Rose definitely is a misfit and there are times when her confidence is a bit lacking... but overall, she isn't like that. She's very confident about herself, overall, and often does find ways to fit in and roll with the punches. It's nice to live vicariously through characters like her at times. And while there were a few times where I could easily see how immature and young she was (which isn't a bad thing, it's factual) I also know that there's plenty of room for improvement in that area too (seeing as there are a whole bunch of books in the series).
4.Strong female friendships:
I know that there are some special reasons why Lissa and Rose are bonded together, but I find it so heartening to read about two characters who can be so close as friends. Too often I feel like the good friends take the backseat in books, or turn out to be jerks. But these two such depths of loyalty and mutual concern for each other, something which I wish we saw more of in YA books.
And yes, there's definitely action. And mystery. Plenty of other elements to keep you intrigued and easily hold your attention for the book and leave you looking for more at the end.
But at the same time, I could definitely tell that this book was really more of a set up for later books because it lacked a lot of the excitement and action I was highly anticipating after hearing so much about these books. And there were too many times when people just felt far too oblivious to what was going on around them. I definitely have the impression that I'll love the later books though.
Lastly, I also don't feel like I missed out by reading Bloodlines & The Golden Lily first. Yes, I am definitely spoiled for some things - but honestly, I never would have read VA without Bloodlines. And I didn't find Bloodlines confusing without having read VA, but I believe I'm in the minority on that one.
Thoughts on the audio:
The other bit that might have taken away from my experience was the audio and narration itself. I didn't love the narrator, but I did get used to her voice. The problem was when she switched to different voices for other characters - Lissa and Mia were just far too annoying, and I really can't stand the Dimitri voice. My sister told me at one point that it reminded her of an old Russian lady, and after that I just couldn't picture anything else. by Brenna Staats
The Vampire Academy
If I had the time, I'd write a review on every single book in this series. Because they are all THAT good. You read one and just can't help but want to rush to the store (or online on Amazon, in my case), and buy the next book.
A long-time vampire fan, I have sometimes high expectations of a good vampire story. I expect that if you're going to deviate from the traditional "Dracula" formula, that you PLEASE make yours a believable one. Make it something that can be built upon. Something that is well thought-out and seamless. Something that will continue to impress and surprise the readers with how well the author planned everything out. Well, Ms. Mead certainly gave that to me and more.
Because amidst a very well-planned plotline, there's also a very detailed vampire mythology here that Ms. Mead crafted brilliantly. From the "good vampire"/"bad vampire" (Moroi vs. Strigoi) and dhampir to the blurring the lines of who's good and who's really bad. It's an exciting adventure that will leave you feeling like you lost some friends when all is said and done.
But, specifically, I believe this first installment is a gem all on its own. We get the foundation for Rose and Lissa's amazing friendship, a budding relationship that is a bit taboo, between Rose and Dimitri--her teacher, and a look at what it means for Lissa to be a Princess among Moroi.
Just writing this review makes me want to go pick up the book and start reading it all over again. For probably the fifth time. by Christy @ Captivated Reading
Read Vampire Academy!
A world of living vampires where the good go to school to learn elemental magic, where the dead hunt the living for their powerful living vampire blood - and where Guardians are standing between the two.
Rose is a guardian in training or she was until she escaped with her best friend Lissa a living vampire called the Moroi. Their two year escape has come to an end as Dimitri, a Guardian, finds them and brings them back to the Academy where they are protected against the Srigoi, the vampires who kill and feed on the Moroi, with spells and wards.
As safe as Vladimir's Academy is there are still dark forces stirring trouble for Lissa and Rose, the trouble they originally escaped. And trouble that has been waiting for them to return, not everyone is happy they are back, and schools are notoriously catty, and there is the wicked tongues spreading gossip and rumors and causing trouble for both the quiet and timid Lissa and bad tempered, not-shy-to-sock-you Rose. While Rose has to tip toe around the evil "high school" students and their malicious plans, to stay with Lissa, whom she has a special bond with, see they cannot be apart for Rose can feel Lissa's emotions and more which makes her her ideal guardian to come.
This bond comes in handy when things begin to go seriously awry, dead animals show up on Lissa's life someone trying to shock her and make her reveal that there is more to Lissa than a timid observer of events - she might have not specialized in one elemental magic yet but there is something about her...
Dimitri who originally took them back to school, also has Rose's extra training in his hands, she has two years to catch up to, and also he's appointed Lissa's Guardian while she's in school, which means Rose and Dimitri spend a lot of time together and it's hard to stay completely professional, which is really all they can ever be, but there is electricity between them and it grows harder and harder to ignore.
"So I suggested to Dimitri that maybe he should let me off this time. He laughed, and I was pretty sure it was at me and not with me.
"Why is that funny?"
"Oh," He said, his smile dropping. "You were serious."
"Of course I was! Look, I've technically been awake for two days. Why do we have to start this training now? Let me go to bed," I whined. "It's just one hour."
He crossed his arms and looked down at me. His earlier concern was gone. He was all business now. Tough love. "How do you feel right now? After the training you've done so far?"
"I hurt like hell."
"You'll feel worse tomorrow."
"So, better to jump in now while you still feel...not as bad."
"What kind of logic is that?" I retorted.
But I didn't argue anymore as he led me into the weightroom. He showed me the weights and reps he wanted me to do, then sprawled in a corner with a battered Western novel. Some god.
I highly recommend this book! It's a school of vampires who live like teenagers do with the drama of who slept with who, whose parents are scum, whose life is all drama and who are the cool kids or in their case The Royals - but they also deal with the constant threat of Strigoi and the heavy training schedule of the twining race of Dhamphir, half-vampire, Guardians.
Very entertaining Young Adult read even for a us who are getting closer to thirty!
If you see me in the library today it's because I'm picking up "Frostbite" the Book #2 of Vampire Academy series. by Niina C
In Vampire Academy , we meet Rose and Lissa, Rose is Lissa's best friend and protector. As a dhampir, Rose is trained to protect Moroi,including Lissa, from the immortal and cruel Strigoi vampires. After being caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's against their will, Rose has to train before and after school as a punishment, her mentor is Dimitri who, as Mason would say, is a god between the guardians, while Lissa must discover how to be a royal while trying to understand her healing powers.
Vampire Academy was a decent start to, what in my opinion is an amazing series, in the beginning I found really hard to get in the book because I thought it was kind if slow paced with nothing really interesting happening. I also had some problems with Rose ,despite her insecurities and bad judgment in the beginning she really grew on me and I think she keeps developing through the series. Right now I can honestly say she?s one of my favorite female protagonists, she?s brave, smart, genuine and a kick-butt type of heroine. I wish I could say the same about Lissa, she seems to lack any personality at all, other than to occasionally cry or whine about something, she just leans too much on Rose. Dimitri on the other hand is a great character, he has that all anti-social thing going on but he?s still a badass guardian who also happens to be incredibly hot, I love him but to be honest I think the best character in this book was Christian, he was like the loner with some serious attitude, sarcastic but still kind of sweet.
There?s not much action in this book, still the author?s take on the vampire universe is unique and refreshing and I love her unique mythos. This book has a slow beginning but it stars getting pretty good from the middle when we start picking up on the all Academy dynamics and Richelle?s mythos, I thought it was kind of predicable who was behind the all getting Lissa to heal stuff thing but the book closed up really nicely. Overall, Vampire Academy was a decent start to the series and interesting enough for me to want to read more, and I?m so glad I did! by Jessica M A Lopes Nunes
Very controversial series;
Addicting said by many readers;
Mostly recommended by people;
Personal experiences of the characters like Rose, we readers can relate;
In every decision we make we learn to think twice;
Responsibility is a key to success;
Emotions that is very confusing that they seek and take risk has also
A lesson we can learn from this book:
Cooperation and good company can be a foundation of a good team;
Alertness is needed to avoid accidents;
Discipline in order to reach our goals;
Extravagant can be the cause of displeasure in life;
Motivation is needed for a student to exert effort to learn more;
You and I know how VA can change our life in small ways but extraordinary
Vampires, they exist in to two races a good and bad. Moroi are good vampires capable of being under the sun and performing 4 elements and the Strigoi are the opposite them, cold-hearted that love was unknown to them, sunlight and the use of a magic can kill, they as good to be compared to be dead and yet they can have their heart work still and needed blood like the Moroi. Dhampirs are good fighter for a Strigoi for they have Moroi strengths good health, and from humans strengths and sensitivity.
Moroi and dhamphirs are free to roam around yet unknown to humans. Two best of friends escaped from a school that protects both races and trains dhampir to be guardians of Morois agasint the Strigois who targets Morois for they prefer their blood. Rose and Lissa did risked to be with the humans for Lissa a moroi, and a princess of their kind and last member of their family and yet needed to fed by blood in order to survive long exposure under the sun, having with her, a dhampir, novice in preparation to become a guardian was turn into the hands of a mentor that will make her know herself better, and one of the things they wouldn't expect from having the benefits of a mentor and student is having to fall for each other, that mentor would be no other than Dimitri Belikov, a guardian from Russia, known for his god like behavior.
As Rose and Lissa return to St. Vladimir things will change from now on................................... by Karlien
Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com
Rose and Lissa are best friends who share an unimaginable bond, even by vampire standards. Now, after time spent on the run, they have been returned to the school from which they escaped to face ridicule, speculation, and danger.
Welcome to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and the half-bloods who are bound to protect them. The Moroi are vampires, and the descendants of Moroi royalty are the social elite of St. Vladimir's. The Moroi are at constant risk, though. The Strigoi, the fiercest vampires, are out to get them, any way they can. The Moroi are protected by Dhampirs, guardians who are sworn to lay down their lives to assure that the Moroi bloodlines continue.
Rose is a Dhampir and Lissa is the last of the Dragomir line of Moroi royalty. Rose and Lissa share a special bond; one that nearly assures that Rose will be Lissa's guardian for life. Returning to school, however, proves to be more difficult than either of them imagined. The social politics have changed during their absence and Rose and Lissa are both the topic of several rumors. Their sudden disappearance, their time on the run, and their return are all subjects for speculation. In some instances, the truth may cause them more harm than rumors ever could.
In addition to the social pressures, Lissa may be in even more danger than anyone could have imagined. In addition to being Moroi and royalty, Lissa seems to have special abilities that haven't been seen among the Moroi in centuries. Abilities that make her an even more tantalizing target to the Strigoi.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is a thrilling adventure that draws you along and makes you continue to turn the pages. As the danger to Lissa gets closer, it gets more difficult to put the book down. In a world that seems saturated with vampire books, Richelle Mead has created characters and a world that is both unique and believable. by TeensReadToo
- Top review
simply all i can say is YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! I love this book!!! In fact I love the series, you may think im crazy but read the book and you will find out why.
:) by Jemma