Friday, 23 October 2009

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

From Amazon: St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a 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 where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. But most of all, staying alive.

I was warned this was slow going at first but then impossible to put down. Well, for me the advice was half right. I loved it from the get-go. It was obvious a great deal of thought had gone into creating the world - it really showed and felt believable. I adored Rose – vulnerable, sassy, with just the right amount of that ‘kick-ass’ attitude I love (and wish I had!) yet still responsible in her duties as a Guardian (and to Lissa). I must say that I didn’t warm as much to Lissa at first as she kind of worried me – I couldn't really put my finger on why– but it all came together in the end and I get the impression that perhaps I was supposed to feel that way.

As for Dimitri I think it’s safe to say I’m bordering on obsession!! I loved the final scenes between him and Rose (sigh!) and some of my favourite scenes in the book are between those two. I look forward to more of these two in future books.

Overall this was a fantastic introduction to a thrilling new series. Mead really knows how to write both action and romance. It also felt quite dark, especially the strigoi - very creepy! . I was completely hooked and didn’t want to put it down . Really addictive!.

5 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

his is one of my favourite series and they just keep on getting better. Glad you liked it!

Chicklish said...

I've heard such good things about this series! Thanks for the great review.

prophecygirl said...

Ahh... Dimitri. Excuse me while I swoon!

Great review!

Amanda-Lee said...

Dimitri....i am not by any means a swooner, but this guy is definitely swoontasticaly swoonworthy!!!

Seriously, i never even swooned over Edward Cullen...

MRPARKOUR said...

looks like a good book and series of books .
might have to see if i can get hold of it.

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