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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

December 31st, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Description:  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 vampires–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; she 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 hearts.  Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s–but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy’s iron gates. 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…

Wow, I am so glad someone told me to check out this book.  Yes, I really enjoyed Twilight and while I thought the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris was good it did not really grab me as much as this series.   What can I say I am a sucker for romance and since it is a YA series it doesn’t have as much sex going on as the Southern Vampire books but you still get that romantic/sexual tension going on.

Stop here if you don’t want any spoilers.

I cannot wait to check out the next book.  In fact, I am debating if I just want to buy the series.  I think this might be one of those I may re-read.  I can’t wait to see what happens between Rose and Dimitri.  I really hope somehow they can have a relationship with each other.  I am also curious to see what happens with Lissa.  I think she will be forced to use her compulsion and healing powers again and am guessing Rose will really have to step up and help keep her sane.  I’m not sure if Christian will last or not with Lissa.  He might die protecting her although I guess with her power she could heal him again.  Hopefully this series is just a trilogy since I saw three books are already out and it wouldn’t be one of those where I had to wait for a new book to come out to find out what happens.

Ack, just adding I saw there are more than 3 books in the series.  Good and bad.  I always enjoy a bunch of good books but I hate not knowing how the overall story will end.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

11 Responses

  1. Katie

    I just bought this book — I’m excited to read it!

  2. Wrighty

    I can’t wait to read this one! Glad to hear you liked it.

  3. Katie

    Ok, I just finished it! Loved it! I went to the bookstore this afternoon to pick up the next two, so that I could start on them right away! I just wish they were ALL already out!

  4. dsuzuki

    Yay! I so know what you mean. I had to go out and buy books 2 & 3. I’ll probably buy the first one too when I get a good coupon or see it at the used book store. I can’t wait til the 4th one comes out in August!

  5. Katie

    It’s not coming out until August?? Dang!! I was hoping it would be sooner! Oh well, something to look forward to I guess!

  6. Jenn M.

    I really want to give this series a try. I guess the teen vampire genre has really taken off. I finished Marked recently and enjoyed it quite a bit. I’ve heard really good things about this series.

  7. dsuzuki

    I enjoyed this series much more than the House of Night series. I just started the latest book that came out today.

  8. Tashiana

    Better than Twilight and True Blood? I’m there! lol

  9. Raelena

    I LOVE this book…well, the whole series so far actually. I couldn’t put it down…I can’t wait for Blood Promise

  10. dsuzuki

    Blood Promise was soooo good!

  11. Briana

    I have heard a lot of things about this book. Even though I’m not fond of vampires, I still really want to read this. Thanks for the review. I’m glad you liked it.

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