Guest Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: RazorBill
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy, paranormal)
Source: guest review ~ Ariel Kirst

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

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…


Richelle, let’s you and me have a little sit down and discuss the pros and cons of this book.
Pros first, shall we?

-Rose and me should probably be best friends. I really liked her character! There were times when she got a bit whiny, but then would do something very badass. I will take bitch lessons from her, because she’s got it where it counts.

-I enjoyed Rose’s slutittude. She likes sleeping with men. Or at least fooling around with them. Enjoys making out, and doesn’t need faux romance to make her feel good about doing this. It was very refreshing. It was amusing that she’d never slept with anyone though, and Liss – who hardly kissed anyone the whole novel – already let go of that cherry.

-Let’s talk about Dimitri. Or more importantly, let’s talk about how we all want to bang Dimitri because he’s GORGEOUS!! You write him very well. Delicious, in fact, is the word. I was glad that he didn’t just fall into Rose’s arms. (Well, I mean he did for a little bit, but we can blame the spell), and that though they’ve admitted their attraction, they have both agreed they can’t act on it. Which means more tension! Which is very fun.

-Christian. Would have loved to see more of him, but what I saw, I adored! He should probably date me. Thanks.

Okay, con time.

-This book was very teen. Yes, I know it’s a teen novel, so that makes sense. But I felt like the badassery of Rose’s guardianship and their whole situation was reduced due to the fact that everyone kept talking about mundane things like the school dance, and “OMG, [blank] is such a bee-otch.” And poor Mia! The girl has self esteem issues! Rose was practically begging for her demise.

-Lissa. Maybe she gets better in later books. But to me she was just whiny. Her only redeeming moments were a) the fact that I am blatantly shipping her with Rose, and b) all the moments spent with Christian. But the fact that they got together already made me sad. Where’s the fun sexual tension for later books?

-This book jumped from scene to scene (for me at least) with no warning of a scene change. So one minute we’re standing in the mall, and the next we’re back at the Academy and I’m left going “how the hell did we get here?”

Over all, I gave this one 3 stars. Because while it wasn’t totally fabulous, it was a fun read. I’m debating reading the next ones.


One thought on “Guest Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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