Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

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The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 23mm | 343g
  • Razorbill
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 159514174X
  • 9781595141743
  • 62,665

Review quote

"We're suckers for it." --Entertainment Weekly

"Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy saga is set to be the next young adult paranormal series to become a household name." --The Huffington Post

"...Mead knows her folklore, using it to great advantage in crafting a credible back story for the friction between her good and evil vampires." --The Miami Herald

"Vampire Academy is on an entirely different playing field than Twilight...Rose shows no signs of codependency; she's the Sasha Fierce of Vampires, kicking ass and taking names." --Miami New Times

"[The Vampire Academy series] improves with each installment, as [Mead] keeps readers on the edge of their seats while adding unexpected twists." --Associated Press

"Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books are on Hollywood's radar." --Detroit Free Press

"[Richelle Mead] brings new blood to the vampire genre." --Scripps Howard News Service

"Vampire taking a bite out of the publishing world." --Associated Press

"...Vampire Academy heroine Rose Hathaway [is] a combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider." --The Seattle Times

"...An immediate hit, thanks to Mead's writing talent [and] Rose's charismatic character." --Scripps Howard News Service
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About Richelle Mead

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.
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Rating details

602,550 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 47% (281,629)
4 28% (171,258)
3 17% (99,714)
2 5% (31,422)
1 3% (18,527)

Our customer reviews

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 risqué 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. Summing Up... 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. Recommended To... Err... I don't know. I'm probably the black sheep here. Most readers would like more
by Unknown
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: more
by Belinda Loh
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 more
by Brooke Bianco
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 more
by Brenna Staats
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 more
by Christy @ Captivated Reading
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. /Quote: "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?" "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. /End Quote. 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 more
by Niina C
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