Author: Richelle Mead
This book saved my life because: It's an amazing and refreshing vampire novel that has it all - love, action and true friendship.
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.
Vampire Academy is arguably my favorite book of all time. I discovered it during the Twilight phase, when vampire books were the hot new thing that everyone was reading (no judgement on twilight, I love that it got young people into reading). However, unlike other vampire books, Vampire Academy is a book that I am still obsessed with and re-reading today.
One of the reasons I think Vampire Academy is so amazing is because it is a new and engaging take on the vampire mythology. I love that Richelle Mead picked up on this mythology from some of her classes at college, and used it in her book. Having three types of vampires: Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi is such great way to present the vampire world, especially that each race has a different role, and they enhance the storyline and give shape to the friendships.
Rose and Lissa have the ultimate friendship. It is so amazing because although they both have such different personalities, they each have their triumphs and their vulnerabilities during the story. And they support each other through all of it. Rose and Lissa's banter is very entertaining, but also makes you want to be part of their friendship. Rose's quips and Lissa's responses are very funny and highlight both characters different natures. I think everyone read this wishing they had a best friend/protector like Rose Hathaway.
“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”
Everyone who has read the book would will admit that one of the main draws to this series is the guys. Like wow, Richelle Mead did well. Russian Dimitri Belikov had me falling for him from the beginning, and although often forbidden relationships with older guys annoy me, this was done so well. There is also the under-appreciated Christian. Hot, brooding and sarcastic he is set out to be the typical bad boy. However, he is not what other people think he is, and his loyalty is amazing. (Side note - can I just say how amazing is Dominic Sherwood as Christian in the movie.) We also meet Mason, whose entertaining friendship with Rose allows for some great banter. Again, lets lift our glasses to toast Richelle Mead in a job well done.
“The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms.”
Vampire Academy is book that's new take on vampires and relatable and loveable characters cause it to be a bestseller loved by so many fangirls (Should out to #VAFamily). Funny and addictive with great friendships and romance, I still keep coming back to this book and the rest of the series. My love for this book is endless. I dare you not to love it!