Book Review: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1) by Richelle Mead


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1) by Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: April 16, 2007

Pages: 332 (Ebook)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1)


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 Opinion)

If you asked me what Vampire Academy is about, I’m not sure I could give you a straight answer. Most of the book is really rushed, and then BAM! We’re almost at the end of it when everything slows down and gets good. But those 300 pages before it? Not a clue. This could  possibly be the reason why I’m giving the book such an average rating or maybe it’s because of the lack of information on Rose and her life. Either way, Vampire Academy is an average read.

Rose is our protagonist who does whatever the hell she wants to do. Which is awesome! But a little too mysterious for me. Countless times, it’s mentioned very vaguely things she’s done with boys, but not what made her stop, or what made her start, or what made her the way she is. Because of this, it made it hard for me to sympathize her as much as I wanted to when she’s called a “Blood whore”, or slut, etc. Also, to the ending of the book, Rose changes and sort of becomes this lovesick puppy who is a bit annoying.

What I did enjoy about this is that most of the characters are well-developed and the novel itself is just beautifully written in a fun, sarcastic-like way. I also like the fresh take on vampires with the good ones being called “Moroi” and the bad ones being called “Strigoi” and also the fact that the good vampires need guardians which are called, “Dhampir”. Vampires are always portrayed as these strong, dangerous, independent creatures who sometimes protect weaker creatures, not the ones who need the protecting! Overall, Vampire Academy, it’s a fun and a really fast read that anyone who loves vampires will like. I can’t wait to find out what will happen between Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri.

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11 thoughts on “Book Review: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1) by Richelle Mead

  1. Rose is… well she’s Rose haha. I wasn’t sure at first about this series but I ended up really enjoying it. The characters really grow and bring you along with them. I also think punkfarie is right about the whore thing. Glad you enjoyed it in the end. Great review! 🙂

  2. Great review! One of my good friends recommended this series to me but I was never sure whether it was actually worth reading… your review motivates me to at least try the first one. Apparently Dimitri is quite the “sexy beast” (the words of my friend).

  3. You have written a nice review.I think this may help you a little as I have read other books from Richelle Mead, she likes to put hints in her writing rather than explaining it directly. sometimes you may figure them out right away and sometimes you may figure them later as the story proceed. I have figured out many things while I was rereading. This is what I like most in her writing that she challenges readers. It may seems to be a simple story if you dont pay attention, but if you pay more attention you may find she had already dropped hints about the characters and the storyline.

    Though I would Admit VA first book is kind of an average read but it does have those clues for the whole series.

    Like Rose, she did tell us that her mother left her in the academy when she was 4. and after that she did not visited her much. Through out the first book we dont see her mother contracting her much as well. she only sent 1 email to tell how her action is not acceptable. but her other classmate, even the dhampire ones have a place to go, a family to return in holidays.But Rose practically grew up as an orphan and in a school which is extremely biased towards moroi. she being a dhampire was always looked down upon. if they had taught dhampires anything that was “They (Moroi) come first”

    now when you understand Rose’s back ground and look at Rose you will see that the girl has got both good and bad qualities because of her would notice the girl has a soft heart which she hides behind her tough attitude and another good thing in her is that she refused to feel bad for herself she comes back with confidence and defiance.

    and to answer your question “but not what made her stop, or what made her start,”

    you would notice the first time Rose got with Jesse. Rose had forbidden Lissa to hang out with Christian, because she thought it was not safe. and she was pretty much bad situation being grounded by Head Mistress as she likes to hang out with friends. when she discovered Lissa was hanging out with Christian again, she was angry and then she went out,saw Jesse and decided to hang out with him and then when they were in a room, she promptly told him that she was not going to have sex.

    notice anything.when someone close to Rose hurts her or does not listen to her, she wants to do something reckless, something which will make her look bad but again she draws the line some where because in the back of the mind she really does not want to cross the limit.

    hint, Rose was still a virgin even though she had make out with many boys.

    when you read the series further you may figure out it started with her mother too. her mother was famous Guardian hathaway. wherever she looks she found how people praise her mother. but in her life she only felt her absence and ignorance. that made her defiant in one point. she wanted to be a bad girl just to prove that her mother was at least bad at something.that she was a bad mother. her attitude grew for other people she loved too.

    well I hope you enjoy the series. please read more books in the series and then come back and read again. you will be surprised the things you might discover.

    Dimitri is another interesting character. Richelle fooled everyone with Dimitri to a great extent. I can bet even some of Dimitri’s hardcore fans have not figured out certain things about him. thats why richelle refused to write Dimitri’s POV.

    the point is she is asking you to be smart,picking up hints and get what she wanted to say about those characters.

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