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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy 121

by Richelle Mead

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 31/01/2008

4/5 Rating 121 Reviews
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Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires the ones 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 Lissa one of them. After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden deep in the forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger and the Strigoi are always close by. Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa on of them forever
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Paperback / softback
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Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of origin:
United States
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Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion.

Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be "ladies" who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.

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  • Not just another vampire novel

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    When a fellow book lover suggested I read the Vampire Academy series I have to admit that I was hesitant. I have read some pretty downgrading vampire novels so was worried that I would waste my timing reading another 'stupid' supernatural romance story - boy was I wrong!

    Vampire Academy had me gripped from the start to finish as I followed the tale of one young and 'badass' Dhampir - Rose and her troubles as she shows her extraordinary loyalty to her best friend, Lissa, and fights to do what she believes is right. With the amount of action going on it is very hard to put down - I grantee you'll feel the same! It truly is so much more than your regular 'vampire bites human' book.

    Friendship, adventure, mystery, betrayal, romance and supernatural occurrences. Richelle Mead's compelling read draws you into the world of Vampire Academy from the start to finish. It truly is a must have for any bookworm. The perfect addition to your bookcase and the latest read that isn't to be missed, a truly great novel.

  • Vampire Academy

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    A quite enjoyable first book in this much-loved series. I read it recently so that I'd have some idea what was going on when I saw the film.

    The story gets high-school-angst-woe-is-me-Twilight-ish at times, but I did think the tiers of vampire society were interesting. The characters were quite well-written, even if most of the girls seemed super-bitchy, including Rose herself at times. I really hope that as the books progress the girls mature and become nicer to each other because Im not sure I can do seven books of bitch!

    This is your quintessential YA paranormal romantic adventure. If you're a fan of the genre, you'll love this.

  • An unexpected joy

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    Such a great start to a great series. Rose is such a fiery and fierce character, while Lissa is her polar opposite, calm and thoughtful and responsible. I love how the story starts with Rose and Lissa out in the real world to avoid the very real treat to Lissa and her yet to be uncovered powers.

    The story flows very smoothly and I love the introduction of Dimitri when he pretty much hands Rose her backside and takes the two girls back to St Vladamir's Academy.

    The book is a lot less romance orientated than Twilight and it;s great to see such a strong female lead in this book, although there are many strong females in the VA series which I also love. Don't get me wrong, the steamy scenes with Rose and Dimitri are fun and fit with the story, but it's not overly sappy.

    Overall I loved everything about this first book, right down to grumpy Christian Ozera. I couldn't wait to jump right into Frostbite when I had finished Vampire Academy.

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