Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead





Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill 2007
Source: I bought it!








In a sentence or so: So there’s this vampire boarding school bursting with angsty teenagers and shady things are happening there.

Rose and Lissa are besties and have been for a long time. This goes beyond their relationship of Rose as the Dhampir (protector) and Lissa as the Moroi (vampire royalty). They've got something special going on. And not like bow chicka bow wow special just like a really close bond that isn't quite explainable. As in Rose can feel Lissa’s feelings and experience what she’s experiencing, even when she’s far away and even when she doesn’t mean to. Crazy, right?

Anyway, Rose and Lissa had ran away from the Vampire Academy because weird stuff started to happen and Rose didn’t feel like she was safe. They get captured, come back, and stuff seems to be kinda normal again...until someone starts sending Lissa animals that are so near death that Lissa is tempted to heal them which is totally unknown and secret and drains her and makes her kind of scary.

I wanted to be head over heels for VA. I really did. But I honestly found the first half to ⅔ of the book being all about the mystery and not enough about the action. I stuck with it because I love Rose and thought her voice was hilarious and snarky and surely something good will come of that. And it did! I just had to be patient. Okay also I was in it for the swoon but can you BLAME ME? Hot older teacher man Dimitri? Brooding loner boy Christian? Honestly. But lucky for me, stuff gets REAL in the last ¼ of the book which was a great feeling...I just wish it had happened sooner, that’s all.

I’ll be checking out the next book in the next few months, probs. I hear the series gets better and better from here!

Fave quote: "Are you more psycho than usual? She's my best friend. And why are you still following me?" (Rose 266)

Pairs well with: Late night reading. Because they're always awake at night being vampires and vampire protectors and all. GET IN THE ZONE.

Fix er up: More action, please!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

15 comments:

  1. Your action is coming. Just keep reading. I'm on Last Sacrifice right now.

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  2. You better like the rest of the series better. OR ELSE.

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  3. Word, I agree with Carrie. KEEP ON READING! It gets much more action-y and swoony and thrilling.

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  4. So, like, everyone keeps talking about this series but I was so vamp'd out that I never really considered it before. Do you at least find out the answers to your questions, or is this one of those stories that leaves you hanging in the end?

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    1. Some answers and some mystery. I liked the ending!

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  5. I thought the first three books were only okay. But by the end of the 3rd book, it really picked up and then I could not read the last three fast enough. So my advice would be to stick with it. Richelle Mead's spin off series Bloodlines, which is based around some of the characters in the VA books, are even better. I LOVE them (Oh Adrian!).

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    1. Good to know! I have heard a lot about Bloodlines so that's exciting to know it doesn't end with VA!

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  6. I've heard this series is pretty good, too, but haven't read anything else. I have also heard the series gets better as you read through the books.

    I'm just not really into vampires. They freak me out. I mean, they drink blood. That's gross. :)

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  7. I haven't read these and the fact that it took you a little while to get into it doesn't make me want to jump right in. However, the first few comments you have here make me a little nervous that if I don't read it soon, America is gonna come after me! Soon. Probably.

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    1. It is a bit slow to start. However, you can tell that Richelle is really taking time to develop characters, which I know you can get behind.

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  8. This series is one of those where everyone says to me, "OMG HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ THESE YET?!?!" And yet, I still haven't read them lol. Maybe someday...

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    1. I can't believe your friendship with Anna is in tact! Good luck to you, my friend.

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  9. I LOVE Mead's Adult series. I've checked this one out many times, but just hasn't made it to the lap yet.

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