The Compulsive Reader: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rosemary Hathaway and her best friend Lissa, a Moroi—the good type of vampires, have been on the run for two years now. Relying on Lissa's magical ability of compulsion and Rose's training as a Dhampir—half human, half Moroi guardians whose duty is to protect Moroi from the Strigoi, the evil and immortal vampires—they've managed to elude the guardians of St. Vladimir's Academy for young Moroi and Dhampir. Rose took Lissa away from St. Vladimir's when strange and dangerous circumstances threatened Lissa's safety...but now, the guardians have caught up with them, whisking the girls back to St. Vlad's.

There, they are regarded with contempt and suspicion. Rose is ordered to stay away from Lissa, and because she is behind in her training, is assigned additional training with the enigmatic Dimitri Belikov. But Rose is not one to take punishment lightly, especially if it means that she is no longer responsible for Lissa's protection. And now that they are back at St. Vladimir's the very reasons they fled come creeping back to haunt them...along with new dangers as well.

Richelle Mead has crafted an edgy, dark, and tantalizing world in Vampire Academy, in which she has embedded the perfect heroine. Rose is charismatic, yet tough and snarky, whose attitude is empowering and appealing, even as her faults become known to the reader. Mead's varied types of vampires will satisfy every reader's preferences, and those who thirst for an action packed, suspenseful, and unflinching paranormal romance will be glad to drink up Vampire Academy.
The mystery behind Rose and Lissa's escape is carefully concealed and let out gradually, which builds up suspense nicely, but may cause some impatience as readers try to piece together that puzzling clues. Rose's sporadic flashbacks to sophomore year and her encounters with a mysterious teacher blend nicely into the novel's many subplots and twists. Though there is a lack of drama as Rose recounts the night she and Lissa ran away, the slight let down is offset by the shocking climax of the book, making Vampire Academy an intoxicating and intriguing foray into a fully developed and very compelling world where danger lurks around every corner.


Khy said...

Looooooved this book. I can't wait for the third book in the series to be released!

Mari said...

I really like these books.
The third book should be coming out soon, I think.

Anonymous said...

My oh my... i don't think i've ever read anything so good. if you haven't read this yet, make sure you buy some tissues. you'll need them!

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Anonymous said...

Yeah, I love this book too! Cheers for Vampire Academy! Waiting for 4th book!

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased all three of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I must say, Rose is a well formed character with an attitude that bites. I am currently about half way through the third book and I simply can't put it down. It has taken me less than three days to read the first two and half of the third. I congratulate Mead on a job well done. I've read the twilight saga, along with a few other vampire series, and although I am infatuated with all things Twilight, the Vampire Academy novels did give Stephenie Meyer a run for her money. Read these books, they are fantastic.

Shannon said...

Her books are amazing. Iam readind her last one in the vampire academey series at the moment.It is called Last Sacrifice.