Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - VAMPIRE ACADEMY by RICHELLE MEAD - VAMPIRE ACADEMY # 1

By : Richelle Mead
Published By: Razor Bill , Penguin
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback, 332 Pages, Bought my copy

RATING : 4 Dimitri Stars!!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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.
 

BOOK REVIEW:



I’ve embarked on my Vampire Academy marathon week of reading the series of 6 books, before the spin off , ‘Bloodlines’ is released.


At 4am I finished Vampire Academy # 1, in one sitting. It had my interest from the get go.


Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess and is bonded with 17 yr old Rosemarie Hathaway her guardian , a Dhampir.


Rose and Lissa’s escapades have been caught up with by 24 year old, Dimitri Belikov who has been sent to retrieve them and bring them back to St. Vladimir’s Academy.


Dimitri becomes Lissa’s sanctioned guardian and Dimitri becomes Rose’s mentor and trainer.


Rose thinks she has what it takes to protect Lissa, her best friend , but...... she has an awful lot to learn and patient Dimitri is there to teach her the ropes.


Rose has a large chip on her shoulder when it comes to her non existent, mother and father figures and doesn’t really care about her behaviour as long as Lissa is safe. Rose has a selfless friendship with Lissa and is about to learn that she has a lot to learn about being a guardian , more than she ever realised. She is a little wild and disrespectful, which won’t bode well for her.


Moroi are to be protected by dhampir ( half human genes , half vampire genes) guardians, especially if you are Moroi royalty. Strigoi want Moroi blood it makes them stronger. Dhampir must train and lay their lives down to protect Moroi from Strigoi, who prey on Moroi , draining their blood, killing and turning Moroi into Strigoi. Well, in truth they aren’t that fussed, they will kill humans and dhampir too and a dhampir turned into a Strigoi is an asset.


I quite enjoyed the Russian influence in this book.


I loved the supporting character’s, Mia, the uber bitch , trouble maker, determined to cause pain and suffering to Rose, Christian, the misunderstood student who wants to fit in and sweet Mason.


Lissa and Rose are on a discovery to find out more about their bond and Lissa’s abilities and ....... oh, Lissa, what are you doing....


There was one scene, that is rather memorable involving the badass god, which had me rather entertained, but also .....WOW!


I enjoyed this first instalment in the series, it was more getting to know characters and discovering all is not what it seems with a little mystery thrown in. I have read up to and finished book # 4 Blood Promise. From reading book # 1, I would never have guessed how I was going to feel by the end of book # 4. I had fellow bloggers very enthusiastic about me reading this series. Team Dimitri, banners I saw on blogs . A friend is just in love with Dimitri. I saw his appeal in this book, but....it’s not until I read more books , that ...WOW!!


Keep reading this turns into an awesome, emotional, amazing series.

P.s. It's like Angelina Jolie is looking at me on the book cover.....



Michelle

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you like this book .. This series is just addictive .. I've re-read each book three times and I still want to re-read them !! =)
    Looking forward to read your reviews on the other books in the series !

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  2. Hi Elodie,

    From book 1 to book 4 I would never have thought it would have gotten as powerful as it has. I need tissues...Richelle hurts me....lol!!!

    Michelle A.

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