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- Publisher: Penguin eBooks (31 January 2008)
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- Language: English
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Vampire Academy: A Vampire Academy Novel Volume 1 Kindle Edition
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Lissa Dragomir is a mortal vampire. She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all - the ones who will never die.
Rose Hathaway is Lissa's best friend - and her bodyguard.
Now, after two years of illicit freedom, they've been dragged back inside the iron gates of St Vladimir's Academy. The girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals.
But above all, they must never let their guard down, lest the immortal vampires take Lissa - forever . . .--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Mead's absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse...cast of supporting characters. Occasional steamy sex and a scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment.--Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I absolutely love Rose and Dimitri, the forbidden romance/student-teacher relationship is just so good! And the character development from both of them was so just done so well, especially Rose’s, she really grew up and matured in a lot of ways throughout the book.
While I didn’t overly connect with Lissa, I really loved watching her and Christians relationship develop and I kinda wish we got a novella or something from their POV.
The style was very tongue-in-cheek and skipped along at a reasonable pace, reminding me of the witty banter in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ Richelle Mead expertly created a slow built throughout the entire book to a big and satisfying reveal and climactic finish. The reader got to find out much of the information of this world through the eyes of Rose and Lissa, with very little information dumping, which made this such a great read. I wish I hadn't of seen the movie first though - the ending would have packed much more of a punch.
The two main characters, Rose Hathaway (a Dhampir) and Lissa, (Moroi Vampire Princess) have great chemistry: even with the story is told from Rose’s perspective, we get glimpses of Lissa’s school experience through their shared psychic link. I did have difficulty in connecting with Rose because I got a stuck up vibe under all that bravado, like she was certain she was good looking, and could do whatever she wanted; which didn't work well with the loyalty she had for Lissa and being her bodyguard. Having said that, she possessed a great satirical wit that had me laughing out loud.
Lissa painted a picture that was equally, royal and grounded, vulnerable and strong. And maybe because of my love for angsty characters, she was by far my favorite.
Dimitri, one of the Dhampir Instructors was equal parts smouldering and unapproachable and is definitely worth the read!
Was it predictable? (If I hadn't seen the movie first) I wouldn't have guessed what was going to happen, and delighted at every twist and turn. The only thing I missed was Roses’ one-liner at the Formal when she clocked Mia in the face from the film – it was definitely a highlight for me.
Did I like it? Yes, definitely, but I wouldn't rave about it. Being the first in a series, it’s quite possible that the best is yet to come. I’ll read the next in the collection and let you know how it measures up (without a movie spoiler!)
On a side note: With the film performing poorly at the box office, and second installment, ‘Frostbite’ now turning to crowd funding, it may mean an end to the series on the big screen :(
Alright. I admit it. I was completely wrong. Vampire Academy is a fun, great read with a sassy MC and cast of characters. I won't deny that after reading The Glittering Court, I wasn't sold on Richelle Mead as an author (though I can't be blamed - that book is so bad) so I was really hesitant to read Vampire Academy even though everyone assured me I wouldn't be disappointed. Why did I pick this book up then? Well, mainly because through curiosity I watched the film (It was good... not great, but funny. I laughed both with and at the film). I know books are usually a lot better than the films (there are exceptions *cough* Stardust *cough cough*) so I gave Vampire Academy the benefit of the doubt and I couldn't be more glad that I did!
Let's admit it - Rose's voice is the primary reason this book works so well. She isn't perfect, but her loyalty, intelligence, reasoning and desire to be the best dhampir out there, along with all the snarky, sarcastic remarks makes her a great character to read. Lissa, Christian, Dimitri, Mason and the secondary cast all really fleshed out the world well. I have to say that I appreciated the complex layers of each character.
The plot was fun and plodded along well. I obviously wasn't surprised, because I've seen the film, but I was shocked to find that the film actually stayed mainly true to the book with only a little deviation.
The romance was well done. This looks like it might feature a slow0burn romance I can ship.
All in all, Vampire Academy was just a fun read - it only took me a day and was light, made me laugh, but at the same time explored some thoughtful topics and issues relating to people and relationships. I'm definitely reading on and curious to find out what happens next in the series!
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Tasha Ozera was never really one of my favourite characters, but I certainly had a new found respect for her after reading The Turn and The Flame. And seeing how events unfolded immediately after Christian's parents turned Strigoi certainly made his attitude towards using his Fire Magic defensively easier to understand.
The Meeting was a scene I didn't know I wanted until Mead gave it to us in this book. It is from Dimitri's POV and is the scene in which he and his team locate Rose and Lissa in Portland. It was very short but worth it for the glimpse inside his head.
But my most favourite part of this anniversary edition was the final short story Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway. This takes place soon after the events of Vampire Academy, we follow Rose as she takes part in a scavenger hunt with Mason and Eddie. But the highlight for me, and I'm guessing for many other lovers of all things Rose and Dimitri, was when our hunky Russian decided to help Rose find one of the harder items on her list.
By the time I had finished this book I was more in love with Rose and Dimitri than I was before, but I was terribly sad that it was over. I am definitely going to make room in my reading schedule to read the rest of the series, but I really hope Mead offers us up some more extra scenes in the future.
But within the first chapter, I was hooked. I think that is the marker of a good story, as much as a good writer. But after reading it, I noticed there was something missing.
Not once during the book, or the series in fact, does Rose Hathaway ever have doubts about the way she looks. She doesn't worry about getting on the scales. She doesn't call herself fat or question her looks. Rose is truly confident in the way she looks, the way she moves her body, and this hasn't come from sex.
Rose thinks about her body primarily in terms of what she can or can't do with it. She only has minor concerns about the clothes she wears, and she only compares herself to the catwalk-like Moroi in terms of what the differences are.
It made me trust her. I believe in Rose Hathaway as a character, and Richelle Mead as a writer for young women. Yes, there are moral dilemmas that she faces, but everything is seen through the eyes of the guardian in training; she doesn't stop fooling around with boys because of some concern over rumours, she learns about self-respect through her trainer Dimitri Belikiov, who teaches her how to use her body, and challenges her perspective on her previous actions.
Within the first page I was hooked on the dynamic of Rose and Lissa's friendship, as well as the world of Dhampirs, Moroi and the Royal element. I was fascinated by the way Mead equates blood to power, giving it is giving away self-respect (supposedly), and taking it from someone is a show of power. I was surprised and delighted (and honestly? A little disappointed...) that the ending of this book didn't mean Rose and Dimitri getting together. That Rose's crush is tempered with her own concerns, and her care of her oldest friend.
I recently saw someone on Twitter saying you had to 'push past' this book, as the others get better, but personally, I love this book. I'm currently re-reading for university, and from this perspective, not only do I still love how strong Rose is, but I admire Mead as a writer, because I have never seen every hint, every echo, every future foreshadowing of the entire series on just the first page.
If you are looking for a story of strength, honour, vampires and politics, all seen through the eyes of a young adult, this is the book (and series) for you.
Vampire Academy is a brilliant book which has politics, action, danger, romance and a kick-ass heroine who you can help but love. I like the different versions of vampires and the background we learn about them.
I love Rose as she is the type of person I wish she could be as she is caring, protective, confident and willing to fight for what she believes in. I also like Lissa as I felt I could connect with her really well and I liked how the friendship between both of them was portrayed. I liked all of the characters in this book as they are all unique and I can't describe them all, but I have to say I love Dimitri as he is my favourite male hero as he is strong, calm and caring. I like the bad person in this book as I did not predict who it was or what was going to happen next.
I love Vampire Academy and cannot recommend this series highly enough to anyone who likes paranormal or just great books.
This is the first in the much loved Vampire Academy series and I found it to be a great read, although it isn't without faults. On the plus side the storyline is well paced and has a new take on vampires which is well explored. Dividing vampires into good (the Moroi) and bad (the Strigoi) is something I've seen done before, but the author blended magic and politics with the vampires which makes this stand out. I also loved how the training of the guardians was shown as it isn't really something I've seen before.
One thing I disliked was that the story relies heavily on flashbacks to tell the story of why Rose and Lissa left St. Vladimir's in the first place, but these flashbacks feel a lot like info-dumping at times and are intrusive to the storyline. They pull you away from the current world and it's more than a little annoying at times. I'm hoping this is just part of the standard first book issues though and won't continue.
In terms of the characters, even after finishing, I'm still not sure what I think of Rose. I prefer to like the lead characters, even if they are flawed, but Rose was very bitchy at times and I found myself disliking her. There were a few instances where she did to someone else what they'd done to her and was apparently unaware that they would then go through what she had. That said I admired how in-your-face she could be and the confidence she was always able to project. Lissa on the other hand I liked from the beginning and only grew to like her more as the storyline progressed as she is a genuinely nice person.
Having two lead characters also means that there are two romantic storylines which contrast really well. Rose is attracted to her mentor Dimitri who is a real sweetheart, while Lissa is drawn to outcast Christian. Both are choosing 'unsuitable' partners but Lissa ends up following her heart rather than peer pressure which is great to see in a young adult book.
All in all, this was a good read and I'm looking forward to Frostbite .
I really didn't know what to expect, of course I didn't even consider the title... Vampire and Academy (doh)... but I'm glad I didn't think about it too much because it gave me a lovely surprise when reading it... Having said that, even if I thought about it and guessed maybe at what the story contained, I would have still been surprised at the plot and the outcome!!!
Dimitri... what can I say.... Dimitri, Dimitri... every story has one... from the JZB's to the BDB's... our Dimitri ranks as high as those big bad beautiful men for me... and Rose is a remarkable leading lady... I didn't expect the bonds or the powers within the storyline and I found them intriguing...
I had planned to read another author's book after this story and return to the next Vampire Academy book after that... but no... I will be picking up number two right away!!!
I loved this book... I just wish I'd read it earlier!!!
When I was a teenager with very limited allowance it took me ages to save up money for books. Therefore I was very picky and the books were very dear to me. And the ones that were good… I read them over and over until I had money for something new. I must have read “Vampire Academy“ 7-8 times, maybe more. And boy did I love it.
Okay, time to stop the trip down Memory Lane and find out how did the book hold up now that I am not a teenager anymore.
And the answer is that it holds up very well. The things that I loved about it at first are still true. This is one of the most original version of vampires that I have ever come across. And I like vampires so I have read my fair share of vamp stories. The idea of the two kinds of vampires is great. This way the darker side of the night-dwellers is not ignored and you can still have “good” vampires. And while I am usually not a fan of hybrids of any sort, then crossing vampires with Buffy is brilliant. Dhampirs are officially awesome.
I really did not want to bring the movie into this review but I need it to make one point. A lot of the time the fans of the series say that the movie is too teeny or too much of a comedy. But I think a thing that is ignored is that the series actually becomes darker a little later. The first book is very much what it is pictured as. And that is Mean Girls with fangs. And that is fine. Good even. I don’t think the later books would have that strong of an affect if the first one would have been gloomy. But a word of an advice for new readers interested in this book and the series. It is good at first but it becomes great. If you like a fun vampire flick then you are all set with this book. If this seems too childish then I can promise that the later books are so worth the clique wars in the first book.
People who have read my reviews before know how much I like a kick-ass heroin. And Rose Hathaway is probably to blame for that. I always loved Rose. While she might be vulnerable within the four walls of her own room, then you will never know it from the outside. She keeps kicking no matter what. But above that she is not fighting for only herself. She does it for Lissa. It might not seem much at first but the more you read, the more important that is.
Lissa in this book was a little confusing. She could go from vulnerable to a regal socialite princess in a matter of moments. But as the pieces of her weird powers fall into place then I became to appreciate that. Plus she will grow into her role in later books.
Same goes for Dimitri. He gets some backstory in this book but he becomes more important in later books. Which is another reason to like this story. It has romance but it does not concentrate purely on that. In the first book it is actually quite secondary.
Oh and one fun thing that is a little off topic. The Russian names. Oh god… *laughs hysterically*. For someone who knows Russian at least a little bit this was so weird to read the first few times. Who the hell is named Water… or Lake.. or…*more hysterical giggles*
I hope it comes across how much I like this book. And not for sentimental reasons. It will always be a brilliant story by an author from whom I have never read a mediocre book. Five glowing stars for “Vampire Academy”. Whatever anyone has to say against it, I will defend and love it forever.
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But just when I was sinking into all the delicious emotional angst, Mead suddenly ups the action, and all that careful character building went out the window. The rush of events, the predictable villains, all crammed in together really distracted me from the careful and absorbing work which had gone before.
So I loved most of this book but ended it sorely disappointed - Mead proves that she can write with a rare sensitivity and restraint and can really get under her characters' skins, but the shift from emotional focus to just plot left me feeling a tad cheated.
Rose Hathaway is a trainee guardian to her best friend Lissa at the Vampire Academy. Lissa is a Moroi, and is the last of the Dragomirs, as her parents and brother were killed. Rose swears to protect Lissa, and is determined to do so. After running away from the academy once, they are found and are made to return under more watchful eyes. Rose must then have to have a private tutor called Dimitri. It's obvious when Rose falls for him, but then tries to hide it because not only is there a 7 year age gap, but it is strictly not allowed.
I'm not going to reveal any ending, as that just spoils the fun in reading. I just gave the basic gist of it. All I will say now is expect the unexpected in this novel, and even in the others. There could be an enemy lurking behind any page, and to these vampires, the Strigoi are their enemies. So watch out!
This book is an epic start to a series. I definately recommend anyone reading. Especially if you are into the whole dark romance, or if you like Twilight etc.
I have read these books more times than you could shake a stick at.
Rose Hathaway is my favourite character of all time, and her story is imprinted in my mind.
She is tough, strong, funny and just about the best friend you could ever wish for, but what really makes her special, is her faults, of which there are many. Richelle Mead didn't try to paint Rose as a perfect heroine and because of that Rose becomes somebody to relate to, and as the series progresses somebody you can witness develop and grow.
Because I have read this series multiple times, it's almost impossible for me to review the books individually without impressions and influence from the others. I just had to give props.
These books are busting at the seams with mystery, friendship, loyalty, love, romance, danger and wonderfully written characters.
Honestly one of my greatest, literary discoveries.