Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (VA Reread)

Book Description via 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.

Source: Bought

My Thoughts:

The story starts with Rose and Lissa being caught and sent back to school. At the start, Mead immediately showed us the closeness and the strong friendship of Lissa and Rose. It was something that I found amazing.

Mead was also able to capture the truth about the teenage life, especially those who were in ranked high in society. There was risk for their lives and a demand to be present somewhere, to fulfill social duties.

The characters were really well developed. It was nice how I was able to see the character’s lives and how their pasts affected their present. It showed that they were really well thought out. It was really fun to watch how Rose interacted with other people. The flaws in the character were believable.

The storyline was fast paced and smooth. You would really feel bonded to them. Maybe it has something to do with the fierce dedication and the strong bond between them, that they would do anything to protect each other. The vampire mythology and hierarchy were also great factors that made this a good read.

Lesson learned: As teens, most of the time we tend to be self-centred and we need to change this perspective. In VA it was showed that adults do understand us and try their best to help us.

(For the VA Reread Challenge, I will change my review format. Instead of ending with a blurb-ish line, I'll end with a lesson.)



  1. Vampire Academy is one of my favorites! I'm glad you liked it, too! Great review!

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