Vampire Academy~ Book Review
by Richelle Mead
Read October 2009
Published by Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin)
Original Publication Date~ 2007
Genre~ Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Adventure
ISBN 13~ 978 1 59514 174 3
Source~ Purchased in Store
I feel so bad for this book. I pulled an “I-don’t realize-how-much-my-behind-is-growing-after-eating-all-the-halloween-candy” move and turned around next to the table and my behind knocked a glass of water all over the coffee table where brand new Vampire Diaries was sitting. I grabbed it pretty quick, but not before some of the pages were waterlogged. I was thinking of ironing it to straighten them out, but I don’t want to hurt my poor little book more than I already have.
On to the book…
from the back cover
ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi: the fiercest vampires- the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rosse Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa and caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
In the beginning, this book seemed like it could have taken a tone that I wasn’t going to enjoy. I recently read The House of Night books one and two and it was very…young. I was afraid this book was going to go there as well. Don’t get me wrong, I like young sometimes. But I wasn’t sure I could take three series about young female vampires going to vampire school. In addition to Vampire Academy, I recently read Vamps by Nancy A. Collins and the above mentioned House of Night books. All about young vampire girls going to high school.
The main character, Rose, is what made Vampire Academy stand apart from the other two. Rose is a rebel, but she is a likeable character. Rose is a dhampir, and in her world, that means she is born to protect the Moroi, the vampire royalty. It is because of this upbringing that she is strong-willed and a bit obstinate.
The other winning thing this novel has, is the creative imagination of the author. The vampire world and society she created is not your normal living dead, blood-sucking story. Or, in many recent books, the ‘good’ vampire that doesn’t feed on humans. There is blood-sucking, and everyone is okay with it. Heck, they are vampires right?! In Richelle Mead’s creation, there are three main types of vampires. The Moroi, who are the vampire royalty, descend from eastern european families. The dhampirs, the sometimes illegitimate children of a Moroi parent and a dhampir parent. The dhampirs are stronger and faster than the Moroi, and as such, they serve as their guardians, keeping them safe from the Strogoi. The Strogoi are the true undead. They are the baddies of the story. They are made, not born.
I nearly put this book down due to a spelling error on pg 142. Ugh. “They lit up his face. Gorgeous no longer describrd him.” ugh…simple spell-check could have caught that! I don’t mind slight grammatical errors. Heck, I make them constantly. Spelling errors just really bother me in books I have paid for. It’s obviously a typo, not an intentional mistake, but it still really bothers me. That is what editors and proof-readers are for. I may have had a mini temper-tantrum regarding the confusion of ‘r’ and ‘e’. Maybe. 🙂
I am glad I kept going after the near unforgivable offense. The book turned out to be really good. The book didn’t turn out anything like I thought it would, and thats a good thing. Predictable is NOT good.
One thing that I think readers should be aware of is some of the language and suggestive scenes. It doesn’t bother me, but I feel it might offend some people, especially since it is a YA book.
Overall, a very enjoyable read. I will be picking up the next book in the series, <i>Frostbite</i> as soon as I can. I am very excited to read the next in the series.
Please note, this book very nearly got a 3 from me due to the spelling error. I sat and thought about it and I just couldn’t let that effect what I thought of everything else. Not that a 3 is bad from me. I finally settled on the 4 stars you see above.