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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

Title: Vampire Academy 

Author: Richelle Mead 

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal 

Favorite quote: " Do you think I'm pretty?
I think your beautiful
You are so beautiful it hurts sometimes."                    

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. 

                                       My Review:
I have already read this whole series, but in light of The Golden Lily the second book Bloodlines series I decided to reread the whole series: I felt in love all over again!

While I was reading this book I remembered how much I loved Rose! Now in real life Rose would be the beautiful fearless girl that won the hearts of all the boys, while I sat in the back reading my books secretly envying her. Good thing shes not real right? But for real, I would love to have a friend like Rose. she is fiercely loyal and would do anything for her friends no matter the cost.

One thing that some books do is make the main  character seem badass but instead is a whiny weak brat, Luckily Rose did not disappoint, she was badass from beginning to end. Always ready to kick some heads around, very refreshing!Also there is a lot of character development happening in just one book. You see a dramatic change in Rose from older girl to young woman though I kind of wish the book went into more detail about the way Rose acted in the past. It would have made the change more effective.     

Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir is Rose's best friend and the last princess of her line. Lissa does not kick butt like Rose but she is strong in her own way. When I was reading this book I expected myself to only like Rose but Lissa is a like-able developed character with worries and fears. I really like how well Rose and Lissa balance each other out. When Rose is recklees, Lissa is responsible, when Lissa is angry, Rose is calm etc.  
I know this review is draging on and on but let me just say one last thing: I really disliked the term blood whores, Every one in the book uses it but to me it was a very degrading term and rubbed me the wrong way.

I hope you love the book as much I do! 
P.S This is my first book review, so please feel free to leave comments and advice!

Rating: 5 Roses

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