Author: Richelle Mead // Published: August 16, 2007
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 Rose 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 are 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…
Where to start with this review? The first time I read this one I was fresh out of high school. I got the first book as a graduation gift and it happened to be the last one in store. I remember being extra giddy over that one. With the show coming out I really wanted to revisit the series. Especially since I only ever read up to book four. Reading this 8 years after the first time definitely left me with thoughts.
I honestly think I enjoyed this so much more than the first time around. I can’t really explain it since I don’t remember what annoyed me then but I have much more appreciation for this one now. It had those early YA vibes and that made me super nostalgic.
Might I also add that I love Rose SO MUCH. Does she make some questionable choices? sure she does, but I love her anyway. She has such spunk and her relationship with Lissa has always been one of my favourites. I also really appreciated Christian. I love that we get to see him slowly make his way into the group. Of course I don’t have a single bad thing to say about Dimitri. I liked him then and I do now. End of story.
One of the things that I didn’t really like about the book the first time I read it was that it felt like nothing much happened in it. Reading it now I feel like I definitely took in a lot more. Most first books are a little slow in the beginning and focus more on introducing the reader to the world and politics. I apparently failed to understand that then but I love what Richelle did here. I’m posting my review a little late. Especially since I’m already rereading book four right now but you’ll be getting a review for each of the books as I read them. Stay tuned for more! and do let me know your thought if you’ve read this one.
About the Author
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.
Have you read Vampire Academy? What are your thoughts?