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Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Vampire Academy
       By: Richelle Mead

Publication Date: Apr. 16, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from the library
Page Count: 332 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars
 
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.

                                                              -Goodreads.com description


You'll have to forgive my review. I read this over a year ago and I read it so fast that it's hard to remember alot of the more finite details.

I saw this book a million times before I actually picked it up at the library to read it. It was on display at Walmart, Barnes and Noble, everywhere. I just never got it. What the hell was I waiting so long for?! This was one of the first series I read in my new 'I'm obsessed with YA fantasy books' kick.

The title of the book is lame. Richelle probably could have done a little better, but I loved loved loved this book. It was such a fast read. I loved Rose from the beginning. She has attitude, she's strong-willed, and overall a kick ass main character. Lissa, her best friend, is the complete opposite. She's more composed and shy. And I didn't like her as much.

Which brings us to our male lead. Dimitri. Holy swoon, Batman.

“And than suddenly he was there, charging down the hallway like death in a cowboy duster.”

 He is assigned to train Rose how to be a Guardian, and of course they are drawn to each other but due to age difference, the whole mentor-student dynamic, it's forbidden and they can't act on it.

Such a great start to a fabulous series!

Favorite Quotes:

“Screw you," I told him in a low voice.
"Are you offering?”
"From what I've heard, there isn't much to screw," I shot back.”  (One of my favorite examples of Rose's sass)

“But also... well, you and I will both be Lissa's gaurdians someday. I need to protect her at all cost. If a pack of Strogoi come, I need to throw my body between them and her."
"I know that. Of course that's what you have to do." The black sparkles were dancing in front of my eyes again. I was fading out.
"No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you.”  (Ah, angst)

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