Vampire Academy – Review

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Book 1 in the Vampire Academy series
Genre: YA urban fantasy, paranormal
Pages: 332
Format: paperback
Source: bought
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I did it, guys! I finally read Vampire Academy! *throws party* In all seriousness, though, I really enjoyed it, even though I did have a couple of issues.

the plot

This book has to be one of, if not the most, unique takes on vampires I’ve ever read. It was also really easy to learn and understand. Moroi are mortal vampires, often royal, that can use elemental magic. Dhampirs are human-vampire hybrids with heightened senses that guard the Moroi from the Strigoi, the immortal evil vampires. However, I will say that in the first, maybe, ten chapters, there was a bit of info-dumping. It wasn’t too bad, but it was there. πŸ˜‰

I also want to mention that initially, I thought a boarding school for vampires would make for a read even cheesier than some with boarding schools for humans. I was pleasantly surprised by how wrong I was. Yes, there was typical high school drama, but the stakes were raised (no pun intended) considerably and the drama turned into something much worse and far more interesting. πŸ˜€

the characters

Rose is one of my new favorite characters. I love her sassy, snarky, impulsive attitude, and her dedication to protecting Lissa. She has a tough time in the second half of this book, and I have to admire the way she handled it all. Even though she’s fighting a fair amount of inner troubles, she acts confident and doesn’t let anyone see or let it knock her down. I find characters like her (*cough*Aelin*cough*) difficult to dislike. πŸ˜€

I also really liked Lissa. She was having entirely different struggles, being a royal, and having powers no one else knew of. When she was having an especially rough time dealing with her emotions, she cut herself. I think Richelle did very well incorporating something so humane into what’s ultimately a paranormal/fantasy, and making it so I pitied Lissa. With all of this weighing her down, she had moments where she let her abilities get the better of her, and I was cheering for her whenever she recovered each time. πŸ™‚

Then there’s Dimitri. Reading the descriptions of him, I think I found a trend within Richelle’s writingΒ β€” guys in their early/mid-twenties with longer, dark or relatively dark hair that’s kept in a ponytail. Cedric from The Glittering Court is described similarly when first introduced. XD That aside, I did like Dimitri. He seems at first like any other guy in a book like this: silent, kind of broody, and an epic, admired fighter. But as I continued reading, I realized his character went deeper, and there was a reason behind him putting on the persona he did. I can’t say a lot without the risk of spoilers, but I can say that I found him to be a very respectable male lead.

the setting

In the very first chapter, Rose and Lissa have escaped the Academy and reside in Portland, Oregon. But then they’re caught, and taken back to the school in Montana. I think that’s a bit of a trend, for secret boarding schools to be in secluded, wilder areas like Montana, but I don’t mind too much. The descriptions were detailed but slight, giving readers enough to picture the school but also leaving bits to their imaginations. Personally, I liked to imagine it the way I would imagine a college campus. Despite the drama within, I can say I did like this particular boarding school. πŸ˜‰

the relationships

I loved Rose and Lissa’s friendship. It was fierce, strong, and unwavering, and it had been since they were in kindergarten. I absolutely love friendships like that, especially between two girls, since more often than not junior high or high school pries them apart. In this book, though, that wasn’t the case. They had a few spats, as any friends would, but always recovered from them. I mean, their friendship is so strong that the entire story basically revolves around it, and I think that’s something that books could use more of. Kudos to Richelle for writing such an amazing, realistic friendship. πŸ˜€

Now this next bit might shock you: I didn’t like the romance in this book. But hear me out. Rose has a crush on Dimitri, and he seems to have similar feelings, even though he doesn’t appear to at first. Normally I would ship them, but I had an issue with the age difference. Rose is 17 and Dimitri is 24, and I find the possibility of a relationship between them disturbing because of that.Β It just feels wrong, even to a hopeless romantic like me. They’ve both come to terms with the fact that it can’t happen and I’m thankful for that, but with five more books, I’m not sure itΒ will last. ^.^

the twists

I don’t think there were any major twists in the first half of this book, but I was okay with that because desire to know what happened next kept me turning pages anyway. In the second half, though, everything went down. Whereas before I had wanted to know what was going on, this time I had needed to. And in the last few chapters, things were absolutely crazy. It was an adrenaline rush even for me, as a reader, and even though everything seemed to be calm, I know better. There are five more books in this series, so a lot more is going to happen. πŸ˜€

overall

I enjoyed Vampire Academy much more than I’d ever imagined I would. I didn’t like the initial bit of info-dumping and I found the idea of a romance between Rose and Dimitri disturbing, but regardless, I’ll be picking up the sequel as soon as possible. πŸ˜‰

my rating: 4Β½ out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to *finally* start To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. *celebrates* I hope you’re all having an epic day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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15 thoughts on “Vampire Academy – Review

  1. I love this book. And I believe that Rose Hathaway may just be my spirit animal.

    Love this review. I definitely agree with you about originally thinking that it would be cheesy because it was set in a boarding school. I thought that it would be simple teenage drama, but Richelle Mead does a wonderful job with this series. And yes, this is probably my favourite book about vampires. I have read so many books with vampires (Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Beach, etc.) and this would have to be the most original.

    Again, awesome review! πŸ™‚

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  2. I really should read this book. My friend had two copies last year and gave me one of them, and I still haven’t read it. I don’t really like vampire books that much anyway, but I made the mistake of seeing the movie before. Well, part of the movie, because I couldn’t finish it I found it that cringey. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s movie but it’s hard when you’re hesitant in the first place haha! I’m glad you enjoyed it though πŸ˜€

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  3. I have literally heard so many things about this series, it is unreal!! They are either extremely positive things, or they are pretty much all negative – there seems to be no middle ground πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I may pick up a copy just to make my own mind up!!

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