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The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

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.
 


 

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Okay, it was pretty good, but now I really want a hero who is actually aware of her/his power and knows how to use it and is special by merit, not by birth or circumstances. I just couldnt care less about the Lissas and the Harry Potters. But of course I liked Christian and Dmitrij. ;)more
It's no secret that I am not a big fan of young adult novels. Most of the time reading about people who are teenagers can be annoying, I like more grown-up heroes who do not have puberty problems and mood swings. But I must admit story of the book is very addictive. It was easy to read and now I wonder what will happen next and will probably start reading the next book soon.more
I wanted to like it, but could not even finish this book. Made it 53% and returned it to the library, sorry T.more
I've passed by this series multiple times and decided on a whim one day, why not give it a try. Mead has created an new and exciting world were we again see another form of the ever popular vampire. Like Twilight, I think this series will enjoy even those of you who don't typical read YA vampire fiction.more
The protagonist of VAMPIRE ACADEMY, Rose, is a member of a half-human, half-vampire guardian class dedicated to the protection of the elite vampire-pure bloods. She's great at what she does, but no matter how good she gets she'll always be a second-class citizen. It's even tougher for her as there aren't many female guardians, and women of her hybrid species often get very little respect. This adds a poignancy to the story that keeps it grounded where other books about the escapades of beautiful and wealthy immortals end up silly and Mary Sueish.

Rose is very, very devoted to the pure-blood vampire that she protects - a kind and gentle, as well as beautiful, vampire princess named Lissa. Rose supports Lissa emotionally, guards her physically, and when Lissa makes bad decisions that could get her into trouble with the school authorities, Rose steps in and takes the blame then, too.

The amazing thing is, Lissa seems to deserve Rose's devotion. She's an incredibly loyal friend, and repays Rose with the trust and esteem she deserves. She's also gifted or cursed with the ability to heal - even to bring creatures back from death - and unusual powers of mind control. But her gifts are both forbidden and costly. In short, blessed as Lissa is - she's in an incredibly difficult position, and the reader, like Rose, wants to protect her.

I liked the story, with its mix of mystery, intrigue, and romance. I liked the friendship between Rose and Lissa, and I liked Rose's snarky, outgoing personality. There's real drama and emotion here, and I can't wait for the next installment.more
My coworkers love this series, but seem to have forgotten how lame the first book is. Maybe if I was 15 I would have enjoyed this a bit more. The last third of the book picked p, but the first 2/3 was just too much high school bs for me (OMG! She like totally slept with Jesse. What a slut!). I'd compare this this first novel to the first house of night book, but with a much better vocabulary and much less cheesy.more
4.5 stars

After seeing this series in the bookstore taunting me and hearing high praise from Allison (The Allure of Books) I decided to try it out. Now I can’t keep from pushing it at people. I’m sorry Twilight lovers, although I like Twilight too, this series kicks its ass. There are no weak heroines here depending on her sparkling emo-vampire to rescue her or any sparkling vampires for that matter. The world Meade creates in this series is original, multi-dimensional and just plain kickass.
In Meade’s world Strigoi are the ones considered vampires. They are dead beings consumed by blood lust. Moroi, feed on blood but they are very much alive and possess magical powers stemming from the elements of Earth. They specialize in either water, earth, air or fire. Soon it is discovered that there maybe a fifth element of magic. Dhampirs, are the body guards of Morois, since Moroi are too weak to protect themselves and dhampirs need moroi to survive. As the series continues the relationship is subjected to scrutiny and more politics come into play.
For this book though we are introduced to Lissa, a Moroi princess, and Rose, her Dhamphir guardian. The two have been away from St. Vladimir’s for reasons described in the book. Both girls share a psychic connection which lends to their unique relationship. At first I was not quite feeling Rose and her brassy tough girl attitude or Lissa’s seemingly meek personality. I sometimes felt that Rose sacrificed too much for Lissa and it didn’t seem like Lissa reciprocated, but this gets explained and changes through the continuation of the series. It took me reading the second book to really love both of these girls, although Rose has toned down her attitude she still can get on my nerves by constantly reminding readers how much of a badass she is.
What I loved most of all was the fast pace of the book. There is action, mystery, romance, and political intrigue that makes the whole story engrossing, fun and yes even hot at times. I don’t recommend this for younger YA readers. Yes, this one is pretty tame with no sex but our heroines are in their late teens and as the storyline continues there is sex and some alcoholic enjoyment.

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decent book. interesting take on vampires.more
It helps to have read this AFTER Twilight. I was grateful to find strong girl characters and an actual plot. Sure, it's formulaic, but Richelle Mead is clever, and it shows.more
Good voice, interesting premise. I'd read more of the series.more
I love this series, plain and simple. Probably my favorite vampire series of all time. I honestly find this story to be better than Twilight (sorry Twihards!). The story is very original and engaging, despite vampires being a rather old, and nowadays rather overused, concept. I love how Rose the lead is such a badass and so strong, such a refreshing change from whiney Bella. The first story in the series, though shorter than the others, is still fun and exciting and you never know what is going to happen next. Highly recommended! Also can't wait to see the movie!!!more
I just have to say: This is my all time favorite vampire series! I just loved everything about! Okay well maybe not the cover...its a little bit...hmm...well lets just say it could of been better. Don't judge a book by its cover, yeah my all time favorite quote(well not really but you see the point). The characters. Oh how I loved the characters. Rose was a badass, a hilarious badass. She is tough, I mean she did had to go through a bunch of shit. I give her a lot of credit for that. Lissa, oh my sweet Lissa. Okay lets just move on to the guys now... Adrian, oh I like you, I really do, but Dimitri has my heartmore
This was a great read. Great paranormal adventure. Interesting take on vampires. The Maroi vampires don't take lives and are good, the strigoi take lives and are bad. This book has a mystery to solve as well as romance and good vs. evil, what more can you ask for in a book.more
The vampire academy officially St. Vladimirs is a remote and hidden place where Moroi vampires and the half humans who protect them, Dhampir, are trained in the magic and skills necessary to stay away from the grasp of the Strigoi, a race of fierce, vicious, ruthless and nearly immortal vampires that want nothing more then Moroi blood. In to this world we find Rose, a beautiful and dedicated Dhampir who serves as gardian for her best friend Moroi Princess Lissa. Rose and Lissa who have be on the run for the last two years are draged back to St. Vladimirs and the very dangers they were running from. I read this book purely as a form of coercion, I made the agreement with my best friend that if I read this book she would read Tamora Pierces amazing Immortals series. This friend and I share a deep love and respect for books, but generally they are different books. She is extremely unwilling to read anything that does not include some supernatural element, (everything she reads I call it a vampire sex novel, and she has stopped disagreeing). Based on this, and its kind of terrible title, I was expecting do really dislike this book. I feared that this would resemble too strongly the House of Night series which I found to be terribly written, convoluted, flat charactered trash. This was then yet another rather pleasant surprise. This books main character, Rose, made this book for me. But just to be clear this was a bit of a gradual process for me. It took me over one-hundred pages of this book for me to start enjoying this book, and then she displays quite of few of the genres clichés. Rose is beautiful, being a mix of middle eastern and irish decent, generously proportioned with large and wild hair, a virgin with a reputation as a bit of a slut, and she was the popular party girl while being smart and talented as well. Rose endes up being so much more then this and as we get passed the initial setting and into the real meat of the story. Over the course of the book Rose becomes and honest and relatable character. Her motivations and actions aren’t alway perfect and while I don’t think I would want to be her best friend I love the experience of pretending to be her the book provides. Unfortunately for me at least the rest of the characters don’t quite live up to the same standard. I simply found all of the other characters a little bit borring. (Sorry to my friend who has a crush on Dimitri at least he is more interesting then just about everyone else).When I consider the plot of this book I have to give some serious props to Richelle Mead for creating a interesting tale with unexpected twists and turns, and a lot of interest out of what could have been the ‘been there, done that’ concept of teenage vampires. The people and the ways in which they relate: romantically, politically, to themselves, and even to the past, drives the story very well thorough time fluidly and honestly. The writing of this book did leave somethings to be desired however. As I mentioned before the first hundred pages or so felt a lot like a chore. This is especially unfortunate however because of just how much I found myself enjoying the rest of the story. Set with the task of explaining an entire world, which the characters are already intimately aquatinted with, Richelle Meads stumbles but I am very hopeful for the rest of the series since the world is now firmly established. Overall I enjoyed Vampire Academy and plan on reading the entire series but I’m not sure I would recommend it. It is exactly the kind of cheap easy fiction that I will read once and enjoy; and then happily not really think about ever again at any length or with any depth.more
This almost made it to the "started reading but never finished" shelf. Shouldn't something billed as a YA novel be a little less disgusting? I need to start a "finished but skimmed a lot" shelf. I would have died if my daughters had read this in middle school or high school. I hate the kind of book that portrays teenagers as sex-obsessed punks - and that's what they all were at the academy. I know way too many amazing teenagers to appreciate books that knock the whole age bracket. I found the main protagonist unlikeable and obnoxious. Actually, the only reason I finished this book is because it's in my middle school library and I wanted to know exactly what was in it. Will NOT be ordering the sequels.*Update - 11/08/12 - Sent to the high school.*more
I liked that Rose was different from most YA heroines. Most of them are really dumb/ gullible, but she wasn't. Also there weren't many catty """"""Girl Fights""""""" when she got angry at people she wants to physically fight them. I know that's probably not the best approach to everything, but it was refreshing.I also liked that the author used the concept of a vampire's thrall, tough she only mentioned it once and said one of the characters uses "Compulsion".I didn't like that her main romantic interest was an adult much older than her. That always creeps me out. The other thing I didn't like is when ever the author referenced something earlier in the book, she explained all the circumstances around it, like we would forget. This is helpful for some books, but this book wasn't that complicated or hard to follow.more
This was my very first book I've read by Richelle Mead and I have to say she snagged me, hook, line, and sinker!!!... After I read this book and the way she wrote it, how her characters jumped off the pages, and the overall story line kept me intrigued AND buying every book of hers that I could find!!!... She has gained a truly loyal fan!!!more
With an interesting twist on the whole teen vampire trope, Richelle Mead presents Vampire Academy.. Rose and Lissa are best friends who share an amazing bond. Rose can feel Lissa's emotions and sometimes even slips into Lissa's head. This is a convenient thing for them, because Lissa is a royal Moroi vampire who needs to be protected from evil Strigoi vampires (and maybe someone/something else) and Rose is her dhampir (half Moroi) guardian. The high school politics and cattiness of the Vampire Academy are similar to an average American high school, with the additional allure of a caste of Royals, regular Moroi and novice Guardian dhampirs. Rose and Lissa must navigate this while dealing with their bond, those who wish them harm and your every-day high school jerks and mean girls. Rose and Lissa are interesting, dynamic characters who learn and grow throughout the book. The plot is interesting and suspenseful. Unlike a lot of authors trying to write teenagers *cough P.C. & Kristin Cast cough*, Mead doesn't feel the need to name drop pop stars or have her characters constantly speak in slang. Young Adult readers will still find these characters relatable and intriguing to read about. Adult readers might get a little bored with all the cat-fighting, but still find it an engaging read.more
An absolutely harmless and mildly entertaining book about the adventures of a young vampire (ehmm, moroi...) princess and her dampyr bodyguard student in a vampire academy (yes, highly original....). After all, a good read for a boring evening but that's all....more
I'm so excited that I finished the first book in the Vampire Academy series. I've been waiting to start it for a while and now that I have, I'm so excited to continue on with this series. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Richelle Mead's launch party for her newest book. I had never read any of her books, but I was excited to see her speak nonetheless. She completely charmed me and I bought almost all of her books... yep... a lot of them. This series follows some of the students who attend St. Vladimir's Academy, a boarding school for the Moroi and the Dhampir (a race of vampires and their half-vampire guardians). Lissa is a Moroi princess who's best friend, Rose, happens to be a very talented Dhampir who lives to protect her. Because of her loyalty, Rose takes Lissa on the run to save her from herself and those at St. Vladimir's. Once they are recaptured by a group of Dhampir working for St. Vladimir, Lissa and Rose must immerse themselves back into life at St. Vladimir among threats against Lissa and her powers and taunting from classmates. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, there's always the threat of the Strigoi, the evil race of imortal vampires hell bent on killing the royal Moroi families. Rose will stop at nothing to save her best friend and that may mean losing her life.I completely fell in love with this book and it's characters. Mead has written a rich story with characters you can't help but love. I enjoyed Mead's writing style very much. She has a way of writing that sucks you into the world of the Moroi and the Dhampir and has you never wanting to leave. Her characters have a witty sensibility that makes you laugh out loud and wish that they were your best friends.My absolute favorite part of this book was Rose, our heroine. She made her way up there as one of my favorite girls in YA fiction. She's strong, sassy and doesn't take anyone's B.S. Rose really has her head on straight and even as she's still growing up and learning to be an adult, she makes the hard decisions that no one has the balls to make and unselfishly, she thinks only of protecting Lissa and making herself the best guardian she can be. Seriously, this girl is kick ass and I loved reading about her adventures.Now lets talk about Dimitri. Oh, Dimitri. If I were Rose, I'd be on him like white on rice! I loved their forbidden attraction and their almost love affair and I can't wait to see what happens with them in the coming books. I know I'll probably be frustrated and probably yelling for some kissing, but I can't wait!I really liked Mead's unique take on vampires in this story as well. After hearing her speak, I found out that her basis for the Moroi, Strigoi and Dhampir are based on certain aspects of Romanian folklore. I really liked this different take on mythology. I found it to be creative and more believable... yes I said believable. Overall, I did really like this story. I think I'm going to like the other books even more as I was just trying to get acquainted with the new world and the characters in this one. It was a lot to take in and a lot of different names to learn in this one!Here's me and Richelle. Eep! 8 out of 10 Happy Reading :)Allison imabibliophobic.blogspot.commore
I really like this book, I became engrossed with it from beginning to end. There wasn't a boring part for me neither was there a highlight either. I didn't come into terms of loving it because it was simply just that. Vampire. Academy. It's like Mean Girls. Typical, you know, aside from the kick-ass protagonist whom I adore! Most girls in books nowadays are insecure, and would say, "I'm not that pretty though..." but this girl, she knows. She has a good sense of who she is, what she wants and what she'll do to make sure she gets it. I don't think these books are really YA, there's worse out there but immaturity will sometimes turn nice stories to malice. Lissa and Rosa's relationship is unusual. Although I wasn't bugged by it, I was just suprised. I've never read anything like their bestfriend relationship ever and I think it's really sweet, but not in that way. Anywho, It wasn't such a hard decision to keep reading the series. I already got the book checked out after reading the midpoint of VA. Here I come, Frostbite!more
Title: Vampire AcademyAuthor: Richelle MeadGenre/s: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery 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.My ThoughtsThis story is really new,a fresh air among all the other vampire novels that I read. It introduced new stuff like the type of vampires and school for vampires and their guardian and the whole hierarchy in their government system. I really liked the story but I feel like something is missing. I don't know what that is, though. Maybe I'm just expecting too much 'cause I've heard many good comments and reviews on this one or maybe it's not my type of young-adult-vampire-novel or maybe because this is just the first book in the series. I think I need to read the whole series first to know if I really liked it.more
Well, I finally did it. I finally read Vampire Academy! The series has been out since 2007 and hoards of adoring fans rave about it, but I just never got around to reading it. So, when I saw a super cheap copy of the first book at my local used book store I decided to pick it up. I'm so happy I did! This is really a different kind of vampire book and the characters are honest and refreshing. The story is mysterious and captivating while still being fun. I can't say I loved everything about it but I still think Mead is deserving of all the praise she has received, at least based on the first book.LIKES:Rose and Lissa. The friendship that these two share is really incredible. Rose is headstrong and wild and fiercely protective of her best friend, the sweet, unstable Lissa. Lissa, in turn, trusts and respects Rose, despite her lower social status and questionable reputation. There were definitely times where I forgot that this book was about Vampires at all because Rose and Lissa's friendship was so commanding. Lissa is intensely vulnerable after the deaths of her parents and brother. Although she is a royal Moroi vampire, she has few real friends at school but Rose makes up for this completely. Rose, in addition to being her best friend, is also her guardian and has devoted her life to protecting Lissa. However, Rose does not act out of duty but rather out of love and loyalty. There's really nothing like a best friend, even if you're a vampire.The Vampires. I was really expecting the vampires in this book to be tough, powerful, bloodthirsty immortals - you know, vampires. I'm usually a purist when it comes to these sorts of things, but Mead really put the humanity back into these guys. At least, some of them. There are two types of vampires, Strigoi and Moroi. Strigoi are more like the classic vampire: undead, ruthless, soulless monsters. Moroi, though, are alive and connected to the earth. And while they are strong and need blood to survive, they also need regular food and sleep and protection. They are hunted by the Strigoi and they need half-vamps to protect them. Their vulnerability makes them relate-able and easy to understand. It also makes it necessary for them to bond with their protectors. I just really liked they weren't huge bad-asses. And that surprised me.It doesn't feel like an intro. Finally, I like that this book doesn't feel like it's just here to set up the rest of the series. There are so many first books that do this and it is one of my pet peeves. Vampire Academy could almost be a stand-alone novel. It isn't a cop-out. DISLIKES:Adult Themes. First, let me say that I don't have problems with adult themes in YA books, as long as they are dealt with tastefully and responsibly. Part of being a teenager is learning how to deal with "adult" things so I see no problem with putting them in YA literature. There were a couple of things about this book that bothered me. First of all, the language was a little iffy. I was sort of surprised by the amount of cursing throughout the book. I am no prude when it comes to language, but I thought Mead went overboard sometimes. Second, self-mutilation is a huge issue in this book. This is something that real teenagers sometimes have to deal with, whether it be with their friends or themselves, but I think it was handled a bit too lightly in some place. For instance Rose refers to Lissa's cutting as "her weird way of coping" at one point. I think that's a bit flippant, personally. To be fair, this issue is dealt with on a more responsible level later on, but it still bothered me. Lots of dead/mutilated animals. This sort of goes hand-in-hand with my first problem. The shear amount of animal mutilation in this book is a little startling. I get it, it's a book about vampires, who cares if a bunny gets ripped apart when people are dropping like flies. But, it was just a little gratuitous.Pedo-alert? Okay, this one might make some of you angry because I know how much you all love Dimitri, but seriously, Rose is in high school! He's in his mid-twenties. I'm 25 and I would go to jail if I were involved with a high school-er. Plus, yuck. I know, he's super hot and moody and ripped, but couldn't they be a little closer in age. Maybe as the books go on this gets less creepy as Rose gets a little older. Here's hoping.Overall, I really enjoyed Vampire Academy. I think it was just what I needed after a stressful couple of weeks. It has adventure, action, horror and romance. It's a great summer read and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!more
I've had this book on my radar for several months now. It's always been very popular and most people who read young adult YA have read and loved this book.Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is about a dhamypir (a mix of pure vampire and human) named Rose who is the defender of her best friend Lissa, one of the last remaining Royal pureblood vampires. Rose realizes quickly that Lissa is not all she seems and goes to great lengths to protect her.I've picked up this novel in the past and put it down. There is a good reason why. The beginning is not the strong part of the book. Rose is a difficult girl to like. However, there is a good reason for everything, even down to her personality. Once I learned about Ms. Karp, their strange teacher, who disappeared, I was utterly hooked.The plot is very intricate and carefully done. Things I didn't like in the beginning all have their reason for being there. And Rose eventually won me over. Lissa is a great character with a lot of depth and a lot of places to go-- she probably had the most growth in this book. There are other characters who are introduced near the end of the book that are fascinating and compelling and make me want to read more about them. I rarely pick up the second book to anything unless there's a good reason to, and I definitely will in this case.Overall, while slow to start and initially hard to like protagonist, won me over in the end and was a thoroughly entertaining read. I totally understand all the buzz about this book now.more
Vampire Academy is the first novel in a new series by Richelle Mead. Richelle is also the author of Various Vampire-category novels such as Succubus blues.Vampire Academy has three types of vampire, so there is plenty of potential for supernatural thrills. The Moroi are living vampires who feed on blood and can work elemental magic. The Strigoi are undead vampires who are either Moroi who killed and become undead by choice, then, there are humans, Dhampirs or Moroi who have been bitten and turned against their will. Either way the Strigoi are the strong murderously blood-thirsty immortal vampires of traditional vampire lore. The Story has a Boarding school setting that teaches magic courses rather than regular academic classes. It sounds like harry potter in a way, but really there isnt anything to compare it to. Rather than the very magic based school in Hogwarts, magic comes second hand int St Vladimirs Academy. The stories magical background is replaced with drama, parties, gossip, and relationships. Later on in the story there are a bunch of gross and disturbing pranks suggesting that Lissa's secret is known. Without telling too much of the story, my opinion of the book is very high. It really drew me in. There is alot of excitement and alot involving average teenage life. I'd recommend this book to anyone. Though its written to appeal to teens and young adults, I think anyone could find this book fascinating. Sydney Kunselmanmore
I read this book at the urging of some friends and I'm really glad I did. I didn't need another series to get into, but I think this is one I'm going to continue reading.I've really come to love that authors are thinking outside the box and giving vampires and vampiric creatures a new spin.more
Vampiric gossip girl meets vampiric Hogwarts (more the former than the latter). (is that sacrilegious?) Mead strings you along with mysteries about the past so that the reader is constantly wanting to find out more.Not the best writing (there are sentences like, "he stood there looking cute" what is that?), but do you really pick up a vampire book for the beautiful prose? Probably not the best book for everyone. Despite my criticisms, it delivers. The vampire mythology Mead creates is new and interesting.more
First, when reading this book you must keep in mind three things:1) This is aimed at teenaged girls.2) This is a romance novel. Since it’s YA it’s not as sexual as big girl Romance novels, but it is one just the same.3) This was never intended to expand anyone’s mind ever.With those three things in mind you can now read this review.Of all the junky YA books I decided to read this year, this was one of the ones I dreaded the most. I actually had decided not to read this one. That’s how bad I expected it to be. As I write this I wonder what I was thinking passing this one over when I was going to read Marked instead. The only reason I chose this one was because Marked had a longer waiting list. I didn’t really want to read either one of them.I was pleasantly surprised by vampire Academy. I was expecting The Vampire Diaries, and I got something that is actually about responsibility, dedication and friendship. Yeah there’s the crush on the hot slavic dude that the Main Character could never have, but this really was a book that gives me ever so tiny a ray of hope for the future of womanhood. If 17 year-old girls are reading this, then the world may not end.The plot was much better than I thought it would be. It was a bit too slow revealing things for me, and some of the bigger plot points are stretched to painful limits because they are hinged upon the main character being slower than dry rubber cement. This story also sticks to what I call the “Joss Whedon” ending, where the book is written as if there will never be another one, but hoping there might be one anyway. There is room for more, but if there isn’t there aren’t any nagging questions, just some little ones that can grow into another novel.Because it didn’t really manage to make me want to read it again or read the sequel I’m only giving it a 3, but I think that for someone else it may very well merit a higher rating: just not for me.more
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Okay, it was pretty good, but now I really want a hero who is actually aware of her/his power and knows how to use it and is special by merit, not by birth or circumstances. I just couldnt care less about the Lissas and the Harry Potters. But of course I liked Christian and Dmitrij. ;)more
It's no secret that I am not a big fan of young adult novels. Most of the time reading about people who are teenagers can be annoying, I like more grown-up heroes who do not have puberty problems and mood swings. But I must admit story of the book is very addictive. It was easy to read and now I wonder what will happen next and will probably start reading the next book soon.more
I wanted to like it, but could not even finish this book. Made it 53% and returned it to the library, sorry T.more
I've passed by this series multiple times and decided on a whim one day, why not give it a try. Mead has created an new and exciting world were we again see another form of the ever popular vampire. Like Twilight, I think this series will enjoy even those of you who don't typical read YA vampire fiction.more
The protagonist of VAMPIRE ACADEMY, Rose, is a member of a half-human, half-vampire guardian class dedicated to the protection of the elite vampire-pure bloods. She's great at what she does, but no matter how good she gets she'll always be a second-class citizen. It's even tougher for her as there aren't many female guardians, and women of her hybrid species often get very little respect. This adds a poignancy to the story that keeps it grounded where other books about the escapades of beautiful and wealthy immortals end up silly and Mary Sueish.

Rose is very, very devoted to the pure-blood vampire that she protects - a kind and gentle, as well as beautiful, vampire princess named Lissa. Rose supports Lissa emotionally, guards her physically, and when Lissa makes bad decisions that could get her into trouble with the school authorities, Rose steps in and takes the blame then, too.

The amazing thing is, Lissa seems to deserve Rose's devotion. She's an incredibly loyal friend, and repays Rose with the trust and esteem she deserves. She's also gifted or cursed with the ability to heal - even to bring creatures back from death - and unusual powers of mind control. But her gifts are both forbidden and costly. In short, blessed as Lissa is - she's in an incredibly difficult position, and the reader, like Rose, wants to protect her.

I liked the story, with its mix of mystery, intrigue, and romance. I liked the friendship between Rose and Lissa, and I liked Rose's snarky, outgoing personality. There's real drama and emotion here, and I can't wait for the next installment.more
My coworkers love this series, but seem to have forgotten how lame the first book is. Maybe if I was 15 I would have enjoyed this a bit more. The last third of the book picked p, but the first 2/3 was just too much high school bs for me (OMG! She like totally slept with Jesse. What a slut!). I'd compare this this first novel to the first house of night book, but with a much better vocabulary and much less cheesy.more
4.5 stars

After seeing this series in the bookstore taunting me and hearing high praise from Allison (The Allure of Books) I decided to try it out. Now I can’t keep from pushing it at people. I’m sorry Twilight lovers, although I like Twilight too, this series kicks its ass. There are no weak heroines here depending on her sparkling emo-vampire to rescue her or any sparkling vampires for that matter. The world Meade creates in this series is original, multi-dimensional and just plain kickass.
In Meade’s world Strigoi are the ones considered vampires. They are dead beings consumed by blood lust. Moroi, feed on blood but they are very much alive and possess magical powers stemming from the elements of Earth. They specialize in either water, earth, air or fire. Soon it is discovered that there maybe a fifth element of magic. Dhampirs, are the body guards of Morois, since Moroi are too weak to protect themselves and dhampirs need moroi to survive. As the series continues the relationship is subjected to scrutiny and more politics come into play.
For this book though we are introduced to Lissa, a Moroi princess, and Rose, her Dhamphir guardian. The two have been away from St. Vladimir’s for reasons described in the book. Both girls share a psychic connection which lends to their unique relationship. At first I was not quite feeling Rose and her brassy tough girl attitude or Lissa’s seemingly meek personality. I sometimes felt that Rose sacrificed too much for Lissa and it didn’t seem like Lissa reciprocated, but this gets explained and changes through the continuation of the series. It took me reading the second book to really love both of these girls, although Rose has toned down her attitude she still can get on my nerves by constantly reminding readers how much of a badass she is.
What I loved most of all was the fast pace of the book. There is action, mystery, romance, and political intrigue that makes the whole story engrossing, fun and yes even hot at times. I don’t recommend this for younger YA readers. Yes, this one is pretty tame with no sex but our heroines are in their late teens and as the storyline continues there is sex and some alcoholic enjoyment.

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decent book. interesting take on vampires.more
It helps to have read this AFTER Twilight. I was grateful to find strong girl characters and an actual plot. Sure, it's formulaic, but Richelle Mead is clever, and it shows.more
Good voice, interesting premise. I'd read more of the series.more
I love this series, plain and simple. Probably my favorite vampire series of all time. I honestly find this story to be better than Twilight (sorry Twihards!). The story is very original and engaging, despite vampires being a rather old, and nowadays rather overused, concept. I love how Rose the lead is such a badass and so strong, such a refreshing change from whiney Bella. The first story in the series, though shorter than the others, is still fun and exciting and you never know what is going to happen next. Highly recommended! Also can't wait to see the movie!!!more
I just have to say: This is my all time favorite vampire series! I just loved everything about! Okay well maybe not the cover...its a little bit...hmm...well lets just say it could of been better. Don't judge a book by its cover, yeah my all time favorite quote(well not really but you see the point). The characters. Oh how I loved the characters. Rose was a badass, a hilarious badass. She is tough, I mean she did had to go through a bunch of shit. I give her a lot of credit for that. Lissa, oh my sweet Lissa. Okay lets just move on to the guys now... Adrian, oh I like you, I really do, but Dimitri has my heartmore
This was a great read. Great paranormal adventure. Interesting take on vampires. The Maroi vampires don't take lives and are good, the strigoi take lives and are bad. This book has a mystery to solve as well as romance and good vs. evil, what more can you ask for in a book.more
The vampire academy officially St. Vladimirs is a remote and hidden place where Moroi vampires and the half humans who protect them, Dhampir, are trained in the magic and skills necessary to stay away from the grasp of the Strigoi, a race of fierce, vicious, ruthless and nearly immortal vampires that want nothing more then Moroi blood. In to this world we find Rose, a beautiful and dedicated Dhampir who serves as gardian for her best friend Moroi Princess Lissa. Rose and Lissa who have be on the run for the last two years are draged back to St. Vladimirs and the very dangers they were running from. I read this book purely as a form of coercion, I made the agreement with my best friend that if I read this book she would read Tamora Pierces amazing Immortals series. This friend and I share a deep love and respect for books, but generally they are different books. She is extremely unwilling to read anything that does not include some supernatural element, (everything she reads I call it a vampire sex novel, and she has stopped disagreeing). Based on this, and its kind of terrible title, I was expecting do really dislike this book. I feared that this would resemble too strongly the House of Night series which I found to be terribly written, convoluted, flat charactered trash. This was then yet another rather pleasant surprise. This books main character, Rose, made this book for me. But just to be clear this was a bit of a gradual process for me. It took me over one-hundred pages of this book for me to start enjoying this book, and then she displays quite of few of the genres clichés. Rose is beautiful, being a mix of middle eastern and irish decent, generously proportioned with large and wild hair, a virgin with a reputation as a bit of a slut, and she was the popular party girl while being smart and talented as well. Rose endes up being so much more then this and as we get passed the initial setting and into the real meat of the story. Over the course of the book Rose becomes and honest and relatable character. Her motivations and actions aren’t alway perfect and while I don’t think I would want to be her best friend I love the experience of pretending to be her the book provides. Unfortunately for me at least the rest of the characters don’t quite live up to the same standard. I simply found all of the other characters a little bit borring. (Sorry to my friend who has a crush on Dimitri at least he is more interesting then just about everyone else).When I consider the plot of this book I have to give some serious props to Richelle Mead for creating a interesting tale with unexpected twists and turns, and a lot of interest out of what could have been the ‘been there, done that’ concept of teenage vampires. The people and the ways in which they relate: romantically, politically, to themselves, and even to the past, drives the story very well thorough time fluidly and honestly. The writing of this book did leave somethings to be desired however. As I mentioned before the first hundred pages or so felt a lot like a chore. This is especially unfortunate however because of just how much I found myself enjoying the rest of the story. Set with the task of explaining an entire world, which the characters are already intimately aquatinted with, Richelle Meads stumbles but I am very hopeful for the rest of the series since the world is now firmly established. Overall I enjoyed Vampire Academy and plan on reading the entire series but I’m not sure I would recommend it. It is exactly the kind of cheap easy fiction that I will read once and enjoy; and then happily not really think about ever again at any length or with any depth.more
This almost made it to the "started reading but never finished" shelf. Shouldn't something billed as a YA novel be a little less disgusting? I need to start a "finished but skimmed a lot" shelf. I would have died if my daughters had read this in middle school or high school. I hate the kind of book that portrays teenagers as sex-obsessed punks - and that's what they all were at the academy. I know way too many amazing teenagers to appreciate books that knock the whole age bracket. I found the main protagonist unlikeable and obnoxious. Actually, the only reason I finished this book is because it's in my middle school library and I wanted to know exactly what was in it. Will NOT be ordering the sequels.*Update - 11/08/12 - Sent to the high school.*more
I liked that Rose was different from most YA heroines. Most of them are really dumb/ gullible, but she wasn't. Also there weren't many catty """"""Girl Fights""""""" when she got angry at people she wants to physically fight them. I know that's probably not the best approach to everything, but it was refreshing.I also liked that the author used the concept of a vampire's thrall, tough she only mentioned it once and said one of the characters uses "Compulsion".I didn't like that her main romantic interest was an adult much older than her. That always creeps me out. The other thing I didn't like is when ever the author referenced something earlier in the book, she explained all the circumstances around it, like we would forget. This is helpful for some books, but this book wasn't that complicated or hard to follow.more
This was my very first book I've read by Richelle Mead and I have to say she snagged me, hook, line, and sinker!!!... After I read this book and the way she wrote it, how her characters jumped off the pages, and the overall story line kept me intrigued AND buying every book of hers that I could find!!!... She has gained a truly loyal fan!!!more
With an interesting twist on the whole teen vampire trope, Richelle Mead presents Vampire Academy.. Rose and Lissa are best friends who share an amazing bond. Rose can feel Lissa's emotions and sometimes even slips into Lissa's head. This is a convenient thing for them, because Lissa is a royal Moroi vampire who needs to be protected from evil Strigoi vampires (and maybe someone/something else) and Rose is her dhampir (half Moroi) guardian. The high school politics and cattiness of the Vampire Academy are similar to an average American high school, with the additional allure of a caste of Royals, regular Moroi and novice Guardian dhampirs. Rose and Lissa must navigate this while dealing with their bond, those who wish them harm and your every-day high school jerks and mean girls. Rose and Lissa are interesting, dynamic characters who learn and grow throughout the book. The plot is interesting and suspenseful. Unlike a lot of authors trying to write teenagers *cough P.C. & Kristin Cast cough*, Mead doesn't feel the need to name drop pop stars or have her characters constantly speak in slang. Young Adult readers will still find these characters relatable and intriguing to read about. Adult readers might get a little bored with all the cat-fighting, but still find it an engaging read.more
An absolutely harmless and mildly entertaining book about the adventures of a young vampire (ehmm, moroi...) princess and her dampyr bodyguard student in a vampire academy (yes, highly original....). After all, a good read for a boring evening but that's all....more
I'm so excited that I finished the first book in the Vampire Academy series. I've been waiting to start it for a while and now that I have, I'm so excited to continue on with this series. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Richelle Mead's launch party for her newest book. I had never read any of her books, but I was excited to see her speak nonetheless. She completely charmed me and I bought almost all of her books... yep... a lot of them. This series follows some of the students who attend St. Vladimir's Academy, a boarding school for the Moroi and the Dhampir (a race of vampires and their half-vampire guardians). Lissa is a Moroi princess who's best friend, Rose, happens to be a very talented Dhampir who lives to protect her. Because of her loyalty, Rose takes Lissa on the run to save her from herself and those at St. Vladimir's. Once they are recaptured by a group of Dhampir working for St. Vladimir, Lissa and Rose must immerse themselves back into life at St. Vladimir among threats against Lissa and her powers and taunting from classmates. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, there's always the threat of the Strigoi, the evil race of imortal vampires hell bent on killing the royal Moroi families. Rose will stop at nothing to save her best friend and that may mean losing her life.I completely fell in love with this book and it's characters. Mead has written a rich story with characters you can't help but love. I enjoyed Mead's writing style very much. She has a way of writing that sucks you into the world of the Moroi and the Dhampir and has you never wanting to leave. Her characters have a witty sensibility that makes you laugh out loud and wish that they were your best friends.My absolute favorite part of this book was Rose, our heroine. She made her way up there as one of my favorite girls in YA fiction. She's strong, sassy and doesn't take anyone's B.S. Rose really has her head on straight and even as she's still growing up and learning to be an adult, she makes the hard decisions that no one has the balls to make and unselfishly, she thinks only of protecting Lissa and making herself the best guardian she can be. Seriously, this girl is kick ass and I loved reading about her adventures.Now lets talk about Dimitri. Oh, Dimitri. If I were Rose, I'd be on him like white on rice! I loved their forbidden attraction and their almost love affair and I can't wait to see what happens with them in the coming books. I know I'll probably be frustrated and probably yelling for some kissing, but I can't wait!I really liked Mead's unique take on vampires in this story as well. After hearing her speak, I found out that her basis for the Moroi, Strigoi and Dhampir are based on certain aspects of Romanian folklore. I really liked this different take on mythology. I found it to be creative and more believable... yes I said believable. Overall, I did really like this story. I think I'm going to like the other books even more as I was just trying to get acquainted with the new world and the characters in this one. It was a lot to take in and a lot of different names to learn in this one!Here's me and Richelle. Eep! 8 out of 10 Happy Reading :)Allison imabibliophobic.blogspot.commore
I really like this book, I became engrossed with it from beginning to end. There wasn't a boring part for me neither was there a highlight either. I didn't come into terms of loving it because it was simply just that. Vampire. Academy. It's like Mean Girls. Typical, you know, aside from the kick-ass protagonist whom I adore! Most girls in books nowadays are insecure, and would say, "I'm not that pretty though..." but this girl, she knows. She has a good sense of who she is, what she wants and what she'll do to make sure she gets it. I don't think these books are really YA, there's worse out there but immaturity will sometimes turn nice stories to malice. Lissa and Rosa's relationship is unusual. Although I wasn't bugged by it, I was just suprised. I've never read anything like their bestfriend relationship ever and I think it's really sweet, but not in that way. Anywho, It wasn't such a hard decision to keep reading the series. I already got the book checked out after reading the midpoint of VA. Here I come, Frostbite!more
Title: Vampire AcademyAuthor: Richelle MeadGenre/s: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery 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.My ThoughtsThis story is really new,a fresh air among all the other vampire novels that I read. It introduced new stuff like the type of vampires and school for vampires and their guardian and the whole hierarchy in their government system. I really liked the story but I feel like something is missing. I don't know what that is, though. Maybe I'm just expecting too much 'cause I've heard many good comments and reviews on this one or maybe it's not my type of young-adult-vampire-novel or maybe because this is just the first book in the series. I think I need to read the whole series first to know if I really liked it.more
Well, I finally did it. I finally read Vampire Academy! The series has been out since 2007 and hoards of adoring fans rave about it, but I just never got around to reading it. So, when I saw a super cheap copy of the first book at my local used book store I decided to pick it up. I'm so happy I did! This is really a different kind of vampire book and the characters are honest and refreshing. The story is mysterious and captivating while still being fun. I can't say I loved everything about it but I still think Mead is deserving of all the praise she has received, at least based on the first book.LIKES:Rose and Lissa. The friendship that these two share is really incredible. Rose is headstrong and wild and fiercely protective of her best friend, the sweet, unstable Lissa. Lissa, in turn, trusts and respects Rose, despite her lower social status and questionable reputation. There were definitely times where I forgot that this book was about Vampires at all because Rose and Lissa's friendship was so commanding. Lissa is intensely vulnerable after the deaths of her parents and brother. Although she is a royal Moroi vampire, she has few real friends at school but Rose makes up for this completely. Rose, in addition to being her best friend, is also her guardian and has devoted her life to protecting Lissa. However, Rose does not act out of duty but rather out of love and loyalty. There's really nothing like a best friend, even if you're a vampire.The Vampires. I was really expecting the vampires in this book to be tough, powerful, bloodthirsty immortals - you know, vampires. I'm usually a purist when it comes to these sorts of things, but Mead really put the humanity back into these guys. At least, some of them. There are two types of vampires, Strigoi and Moroi. Strigoi are more like the classic vampire: undead, ruthless, soulless monsters. Moroi, though, are alive and connected to the earth. And while they are strong and need blood to survive, they also need regular food and sleep and protection. They are hunted by the Strigoi and they need half-vamps to protect them. Their vulnerability makes them relate-able and easy to understand. It also makes it necessary for them to bond with their protectors. I just really liked they weren't huge bad-asses. And that surprised me.It doesn't feel like an intro. Finally, I like that this book doesn't feel like it's just here to set up the rest of the series. There are so many first books that do this and it is one of my pet peeves. Vampire Academy could almost be a stand-alone novel. It isn't a cop-out. DISLIKES:Adult Themes. First, let me say that I don't have problems with adult themes in YA books, as long as they are dealt with tastefully and responsibly. Part of being a teenager is learning how to deal with "adult" things so I see no problem with putting them in YA literature. There were a couple of things about this book that bothered me. First of all, the language was a little iffy. I was sort of surprised by the amount of cursing throughout the book. I am no prude when it comes to language, but I thought Mead went overboard sometimes. Second, self-mutilation is a huge issue in this book. This is something that real teenagers sometimes have to deal with, whether it be with their friends or themselves, but I think it was handled a bit too lightly in some place. For instance Rose refers to Lissa's cutting as "her weird way of coping" at one point. I think that's a bit flippant, personally. To be fair, this issue is dealt with on a more responsible level later on, but it still bothered me. Lots of dead/mutilated animals. This sort of goes hand-in-hand with my first problem. The shear amount of animal mutilation in this book is a little startling. I get it, it's a book about vampires, who cares if a bunny gets ripped apart when people are dropping like flies. But, it was just a little gratuitous.Pedo-alert? Okay, this one might make some of you angry because I know how much you all love Dimitri, but seriously, Rose is in high school! He's in his mid-twenties. I'm 25 and I would go to jail if I were involved with a high school-er. Plus, yuck. I know, he's super hot and moody and ripped, but couldn't they be a little closer in age. Maybe as the books go on this gets less creepy as Rose gets a little older. Here's hoping.Overall, I really enjoyed Vampire Academy. I think it was just what I needed after a stressful couple of weeks. It has adventure, action, horror and romance. It's a great summer read and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!more
I've had this book on my radar for several months now. It's always been very popular and most people who read young adult YA have read and loved this book.Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is about a dhamypir (a mix of pure vampire and human) named Rose who is the defender of her best friend Lissa, one of the last remaining Royal pureblood vampires. Rose realizes quickly that Lissa is not all she seems and goes to great lengths to protect her.I've picked up this novel in the past and put it down. There is a good reason why. The beginning is not the strong part of the book. Rose is a difficult girl to like. However, there is a good reason for everything, even down to her personality. Once I learned about Ms. Karp, their strange teacher, who disappeared, I was utterly hooked.The plot is very intricate and carefully done. Things I didn't like in the beginning all have their reason for being there. And Rose eventually won me over. Lissa is a great character with a lot of depth and a lot of places to go-- she probably had the most growth in this book. There are other characters who are introduced near the end of the book that are fascinating and compelling and make me want to read more about them. I rarely pick up the second book to anything unless there's a good reason to, and I definitely will in this case.Overall, while slow to start and initially hard to like protagonist, won me over in the end and was a thoroughly entertaining read. I totally understand all the buzz about this book now.more
Vampire Academy is the first novel in a new series by Richelle Mead. Richelle is also the author of Various Vampire-category novels such as Succubus blues.Vampire Academy has three types of vampire, so there is plenty of potential for supernatural thrills. The Moroi are living vampires who feed on blood and can work elemental magic. The Strigoi are undead vampires who are either Moroi who killed and become undead by choice, then, there are humans, Dhampirs or Moroi who have been bitten and turned against their will. Either way the Strigoi are the strong murderously blood-thirsty immortal vampires of traditional vampire lore. The Story has a Boarding school setting that teaches magic courses rather than regular academic classes. It sounds like harry potter in a way, but really there isnt anything to compare it to. Rather than the very magic based school in Hogwarts, magic comes second hand int St Vladimirs Academy. The stories magical background is replaced with drama, parties, gossip, and relationships. Later on in the story there are a bunch of gross and disturbing pranks suggesting that Lissa's secret is known. Without telling too much of the story, my opinion of the book is very high. It really drew me in. There is alot of excitement and alot involving average teenage life. I'd recommend this book to anyone. Though its written to appeal to teens and young adults, I think anyone could find this book fascinating. Sydney Kunselmanmore
I read this book at the urging of some friends and I'm really glad I did. I didn't need another series to get into, but I think this is one I'm going to continue reading.I've really come to love that authors are thinking outside the box and giving vampires and vampiric creatures a new spin.more
Vampiric gossip girl meets vampiric Hogwarts (more the former than the latter). (is that sacrilegious?) Mead strings you along with mysteries about the past so that the reader is constantly wanting to find out more.Not the best writing (there are sentences like, "he stood there looking cute" what is that?), but do you really pick up a vampire book for the beautiful prose? Probably not the best book for everyone. Despite my criticisms, it delivers. The vampire mythology Mead creates is new and interesting.more
First, when reading this book you must keep in mind three things:1) This is aimed at teenaged girls.2) This is a romance novel. Since it’s YA it’s not as sexual as big girl Romance novels, but it is one just the same.3) This was never intended to expand anyone’s mind ever.With those three things in mind you can now read this review.Of all the junky YA books I decided to read this year, this was one of the ones I dreaded the most. I actually had decided not to read this one. That’s how bad I expected it to be. As I write this I wonder what I was thinking passing this one over when I was going to read Marked instead. The only reason I chose this one was because Marked had a longer waiting list. I didn’t really want to read either one of them.I was pleasantly surprised by vampire Academy. I was expecting The Vampire Diaries, and I got something that is actually about responsibility, dedication and friendship. Yeah there’s the crush on the hot slavic dude that the Main Character could never have, but this really was a book that gives me ever so tiny a ray of hope for the future of womanhood. If 17 year-old girls are reading this, then the world may not end.The plot was much better than I thought it would be. It was a bit too slow revealing things for me, and some of the bigger plot points are stretched to painful limits because they are hinged upon the main character being slower than dry rubber cement. This story also sticks to what I call the “Joss Whedon” ending, where the book is written as if there will never be another one, but hoping there might be one anyway. There is room for more, but if there isn’t there aren’t any nagging questions, just some little ones that can grow into another novel.Because it didn’t really manage to make me want to read it again or read the sequel I’m only giving it a 3, but I think that for someone else it may very well merit a higher rating: just not for me.more
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