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Author: Richelle Meade

Release Date: August 16, 2007

Series: Vampire Academy

Genre: YA | Fiction | Paranormal |Vampires | Contemporary

Pages: 332

ISBN NO.: 978-0-141-32852-2

Publisher: Penguin India

Followed by: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

Blurb

She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all – the ones who will never die.
Rose Hathaway is Lissa’s best friend – and her bodyguard.
Now after two years of illicit freedom, they’ve been dragged back inside the iron gates of St. Vladimir’s Academy. The girls must survive in a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night-time rituals.
But above all, they must never let their guard down, lest the immortal vampires take Lissa – forever…

Review

4+1/2-Stars

Positives

Vampire Academy is a brilliant and fresh take on Vampires. I absolutely loved the story-line and the characters were out-of-the-world good. Richelle’s writing (in first person) and the subtle plot- development absolutely blew my mind off. This book is definitely a page turner. It’s intriguing plot kept me stuck to it day and night! This book is painstakingly good and I’ve already got it’s sequel issued from my library.

Talking more about the characters I’d like to say that the leads, Rose and Lissa, have super contrasting personalities. On one hand Rose is bad-ass, impatient, reckless and sassy and on the other hand we have Lissa who is classy, delicate, patient and graceful. For me, Rose Hathaway is the best female lead character after Katniss Everdeen. Being a damphir, absolutely nothing can stop her from saving Lissa from even the tinniest of harms! Their friendship and bond were the best thing about the whole story!

This book is what I really needed to rouse my interest, yet again, in the YA genre. It is a must read.

Negatives

I don’t think here’s anything negative to say about this book. The only reason I’m holding back half a star is because unfortunately I happened to watch the movie first, so it kinda killed the suspense for me. Hopefully the next book will get a full 5-stars rating from me.

Conclusion

If you love YA genre, Vampire Academy is definitely for you. I’m already regretting staying away from it for so long, but nevermind, better late than never! I’m very happy that I read it and more than excited to read the next part. Go ahead and get yourself this book, if you haven’t already!

You can also read this review on Goodreads.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “I felt her fear before I heard her screams.”

Highlights: The fresh take on paranormal genre.

Low-lights: None!

Quotes:

“Taking a deep breathe, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life.
I walked away.”

“I didn’t like having reasonable arguments thrown at me.”

“I had a standing arrangement with God: I’d agree to believe in him—barely—so long as he let me sleep in on Sundays.”

“Screw you,” I told him in a low voice.
“Are you offering?”
“From what I’ve heard, there isn’t much to screw,” I shot back.”

Memorable paragraph:

“Lissa and I had been friends ever since kindergarten, when our teacher had paired us up together for writing lessons. Forcing five-year-olds to spell Vasilisa Dragomir and Rosemarie Hathaway was beyond cruel, and we’d—or rather, I’d—responded appropriately. I’d chucked my book at out teacher and called her a fascist bastard. I hadn’t known what those words meant, but I’d known how to hit a moving target.
Lissa and I had been inseparable ever since.”

Final Thoughts: A brilliant YA read 🙂

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