Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Reviewed by: Steph
Genre: Youth – Teen
Format: Softcover
Page count: 352 Pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

 In stock: No

First of all, shoutout to this page for this perfectly worded synopsis:

“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.”

Now, I know what some of you are going to say. “Not another vampire book, please, no! Do they sparkle? Vampires are so overdone – they’re dead.” (Haha, I made a funny – THEY ARE DEAD. Ok, this is off topic.) I’ll admit, I love my supernatural teen books, mainly for the fact that they are an easy read, and are usually action packed from the get-go. For the Vampire Academy series, I can promise you that this is the case.

What appealed to me most about this book was that one of the main themes in the central part of this story wasn’t romance (although this book does have its love interests – I mean, it wouldn’t be a teen book without romance!). One of the book’s themes revolves around companionship and friendship. Lissa and her best friend, Rose, share a type of psychic bond, that allows them to be linked, willingly and sometimes unwillingly. They are completely different people but manage to tackle their conflicts together, and its that bond that kept me intrigued throughout the whole series. Not to mention that the main character, Rose, has the most sarcastic sense of humor, which will never cease to keep you entertained.

If you enjoy strong, female protagonists, and fantasy/supernatural themes, then I definitely recommend this book.

And I promise you, there’s no sparkling creatures.

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