Only true a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies....
Series: Vampire Academy, # 1
Pub: 2007, Penguin Group
Author: Richelle Mead
Cat: paranormal fiction
Format: paperback (full); 332 pp w/ 24 chapters
Age Range: YA
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires – the one 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 her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladmir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forest of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Mori social scene. And both girls will resume braking Academy hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s – inside the Academy’s irn gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...
Okay....so this is another of those series that I started when I first started reading and then quickly got over the whole idea of it.
But I actually really like the book, and this read was no different.
We get welcomes into the world with Rose (POV) and her best friend, which she shares a weird connection with, Lissa who happens to be a vampire—the born kind (hell, I’m not going to go into the world with you. you can pick up the book and see for yourself)
Anyway, they are on the run because of something stupid, that isn’t stupid at all and is the main plot of the book, hence my vagueness.
Okay, so before the first chapters out they are being taken back to the school by a man who’s both hot and annoying, so Rose thinks.
At the school they get told that Rose can only stay because of the connection between them but she’s on probation and she Demitri (the hot but annoying) is going to train her up so that she can pass what she’s missed.
Then starts the weird relationship between them. though I will say, even though it’s a little inappropriate, the way it’s handle is actually well done on Meads part.
Then shit gets worse when Lissa’s side of the story comes into play and Rose stuffs that up and fixes it all as she’s trying to work out what’s going on with Lissa.
It’s a great first book, done in a way that takes us into the world and shows us what’s what without over loading us with information.
We get to know both characters quickly as the story sets up at a pace that’s realistic and interesting at the same time.
I really good book and sets up the series nicely. And I think if you’re a little bit interested in what’s going on then you will probably like the book because Mead has a way of sucking you in and making you want to learn more.
Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kissed, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice