Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Release: August 16th, 2007
Synopsis:(from Goodreads) 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...
I had several people anticipating this review, so I hope it’s not too disappointing!
I read Vampire Academy because of the hype I had heard about the series. Nearly every blog I go to on a regular basis raves about this series and I was fascinated by all of the praise it was receiving. Unfortunately, I feel that because my standards were set so high, Vampire Academy fell flat for me.
Generally, I can tell how much I love a book by how long it takes for me to read it; so when I was a week into this book and only halfway through I sensed that my attention was waning. My major qualm: it was incredibly slow and then in the last 50 pages or so, all of this plot is magically squished in. I also just couldn’t buy into the different types of Vampires that Mead had created; it simply wasn’t my sort of vampire novel.
When I was able to get focused on the book, the writing was very well done and I enjoyed several of the characters and the twists that were thrown in. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t really enjoy it either, and I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the novels in this series.
Purchase or Check Out?: Check Out
Would I read it again?: No