Monday, 10 September 2012

Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy is the first in a series by Richelle Mead. Here is the blurb for Vampire Academy:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi, the fiercest and most dangerous vamires - the ones who never die.

The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking Academy hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's - inside the Academy's iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...

Now that, was a vampire story. I've only read one vampire series before this book, and it was too happy for vampires. But anyway, we're not talking about that unnamed series. Vampire Academy was a really enjoyable read and I actually cared for the characters.

The main two characters in this book are Lissa, the Moroi princess, and Rose, the Dhampir vampire. Rose is Lissa's guardian, or at least she wil be after completing her training. Rose is a kick-ass heroine which is something I liked. However, I found her to be irritating at times with the way she acted. Overall though, I liked how much she cared for Lissa.

Lissa is a caring invidual who I liked and cared for. She trusted Rose completely and didn't like to see her upset. Rose was quite sacrificing when it came to Lissa's needs. And another character I want to mention is Dimitri. He is another guardian who appears in the book. Is it wrong to have a book crush? I have always had a thing for guys with a Russian accent. But this guy can kick serious ass as well. But you shall have to read the book to find out more about him.

The plot of this book is really interesting. I wanted to know what was happening to Lissa and why. Why did they have to leave the Academy in the first place? Who is pulling pranks on Lissa? And why does the girl called Mia hate Lissa so much? It's really intriguing and was just an all-round good read. I love reading about worlds which are different to our own and I'm interested to learn about different types of vampires and how they needed one and another.

Hookability? I had to stop reading this book because I've been busy (hence the lack of posts). But I know that if I had the chance, I would have read this in a maximum of two sittings. You were just watching events unfold and it was one of those instances where you NEEDED to know what would happen.

Overall, an extremely enjoyable vampire read which everyone should sink their teeth in to. Sorry for the pun. It was just a really good read and a proper vampire book. I cared for the characters and think this is the start of a great series!

Characters - 10/10 (a Russian kick-ass guy here)
Plot - 10/10 (kept me interested)
Hookability - 9/10 (I would have been able to get in to it more had I not had to put it down)

Total - 29/30

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