11 March 2014

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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.


5 Words: Addictive, surprising, girl-power, attraction, loyalty.

Well.

I'd been hearing a lot about this series. Everyone everywhere was raving and singing its praises. I wasn't convinced - just look at how Twilight and The Selection turned out. But I took a chance. On somewhat of a whim (and perhaps because I was tired and I do silly things when I'm tired) I reserved it at the library. I thought I'd give it a go and see what all of the hype was about. And when a whole lot of fellow bloggers went mad about this book on a Top Ten Tuesday I posted I decided it was time to start.

AND OH MY GOD. THIS WAS EXCELLENT.

I couldn't put it down. I even dreamt about it, which was pretty freaky. And now I'm shipping Rose and Dimitri so hard. And I don't ship. Not since years ago when I madly read HP fanfics.

This isn't the best story in the world. It's not the best written either. And Rose is usually the type of character I'd take an instant dislike to. But something happened and I was drawn right in to the story. And I freaking loved it. And I freaking love Rose and her voice and how bad-ass she is.

Give this a go if you haven't. It was certainly not what I'd usually pick up, but I definitely enjoyed it. A lot.

Now, I'm off to fangirl. When does the film come out in the UK again?


9 comments:

  1. Ah I am s glad you joined the fandom! :D It's an awesome series and things only pick up from here ;D I devoured the books! And Bloodlines are amazing as well!
    It cannot compare to Twilight (ew) and Selection (a bit better, still bad).
    Mead is awesome!

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  2. Oooooh sounds pretty awesome :-) I love vampire fiction! I read all then Sookie Stackhouse books in one month, I devoured the Twilight books, and I read every book in The Vampire Diaries series.

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  3. Fantastic review Cora - I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. I too love Rose's commentary and badassery. Just wait the books get even better as series goes on

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  5. EEEE, I am so excited to finally read this series. I have not met a person who hasn't liked it.

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  6. STILL haven't picked this one up. I'm kind of nervous that I won't like it and the VA Family will come and do something drastic to me. I'm definitely going to try and borrow it soon!

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  7. Interesting! I have been hoping to read this lovely book for quite a while now, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I don't know about the whole vampire thing, but I'm sure I'll like it at least a bit! Lovely review :)

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  8. Ahhhhhh! I am so excited for you. Because I found the first book a little underwhelming. I didn't get totally hooked until book two. Just wait -- it gets SO good.
    And I'm afraid to watch the movie because I love the book so much...
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  9. I love love love this book, its one of my favourite series so I'm glad to see you like it. :)

    I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for Liebster Blog Awards. Not sure if you know what that is or not, but its basically something that gives praise to blogs that have under 200 followers if you know what I mean? :)

    Here's the link to my blog post so you can have a look and see what to do next
    link :)

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