- Publisher: RAZORBILL
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 32mm | 340g
- Publication date: 28 August 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 159514174X
- ISBN 13: 9781595141743
- Sales rank: 4,284
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling "Vampire Academy" series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE! 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.
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Richelle Mead graduated from the University of Michigan and has an M.A. in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband, and is at work on her next VAMPIRE ACADEMY novel.
By Niina C 27 Aug 2011
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 Jessica M A Lopes Nunes 30 Nov 2010
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 Karlien 03 Oct 2010
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 TeensReadToo 30 Sep 2010
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 Jemma 15 Jun 2010
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.
This story is no ordinary vampire tale. Mead has done her homework on Romanian folklore and Orthodox Catholic saints, and she uses it to weave a unique and mesmerizing mystery with a whodunit ending that even the most skilled detectives will not predict. With social angst that every teenager can appreciate and sexual tension that leaves Stephanie Meyer's Twilight looking like a children's book, this little gem is sure to be a hit.--VOYA Mead's absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse...cast of supporting characters. Occasional steamy sex and a scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment.--Booklist