Saturday, January 18, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Book: Vampire Academy #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill (2007)
Pages: 332
Rating: ****
Review: I know, I know I know. I am late on the bandwagon. To be honest, I had never heard of this series until I read a blog post by Caitlyn (I quietly lurk blogs) who stated that she really enjoyed this book series. After that, I saw Catching Fire and there was a trailer for the movie before Catching Fire came on.

I love fantasy novels in which I can just be transported to another world or a different version of the one I live in. So I was excited but hesitant to start this series. I was hesitant because I disliked the whole "I can't function without a boyfriend" mentality of Twilight and was worried that I would see that in similar books.

There was no need for hesitation though. This book stars two main girls, Rose and Lissa. Rose is a dhampir, part Moroi and part human who is training to become Lissa's guardian. Lissa is a Moroi, a mortal vampire who can die but she also has a special power (I won't spoil it for you). Throughout the book Rose shows her extreme loyalty to protect Lissa from Strigoi (actual immortal vampires who are much stronger than the Moroi) as well as from other sources who want access to Lissa's power.

What I loved about this book was that the females are powerful on their own. They managed to live on their own for a year, reach the top of the social ladder when they came back, and escape from dangers within the Academy. Don't get me wrong, there is a hint of slut-shaming amongst the students at Vampire Academy which I don't condone but it is addressed by the very hot Dimitri. Dimitri was raised amongst "blood whores" and Rose asks him what it was like and he defends them and the people who raised him.

Overall, I give this book 4 our 5 stars. I think there were many great themes in this book and I am very excited to read the second book. I do think the writing needed some work but other then that, I am looking forward to getting further into this series.

Have you read Vampire Academy? What did you think of it?


Happy reading,

Tara

5 comments:

  1. I've read most of the books in this series, but I need to finish it. I keep putting it off, though. I agree with pretty much everything you said in your review, and I loved how independent Rose was. Great review! :)

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    1. Yes, Rose is very independent. While she plays the social game around her, she seems to be above it all.

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    2. I forgot to mention it, but I've also seen the trailer for the upcoming movie and it wasn't really what I was expecting. I'm probably just trying to compare the version of Rose and the other characters that I had in my mind to the actors, and it doesn't really match up well. I'm a little worried I won't enjoy this movie, though. :( Hopefully it meets expectations and I end up liking it!

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  2. I love Richelle Mead and this is one of my favorite series so I am so excited you liked it! The series gets even better as you moved on, especially once you meet Adrian :)

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    1. Adrian? I am so excited! I can't wait to buy the second book in the series so I can read it as quickly as possible!

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