Thursday, February 2, 2012

Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Synopsis: 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...


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Rose is a powerful character, snarky and sarcastic, and a major flirt (which I enjoyed).  Lissa wasn’t the perfect princess, and her depression made the story real.  Even the side characters were believable and aided in the storyline, though they were not as strong.  I am amazed at how, even now, their story rages in me, and I have concern for these characters for what the future holds.

b.) Plot: 5/5 score.  The plot was actually slow and even-paced in the beginning, with enough subtle hints to keep you interested but not jumping into anything crazy right away.  Lots of teen drama, but it’s real teen drama.  Then the end, wow- you just have to read it to really see what I mean.  These teens are put into adult situations, startling and shocking.  It was amazing how much I clung to each action, each decision.  

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  The writing style didn’t bother me for a YA book, which is what I am finding to be with other books.  I don’t know if it is because some authors feel the need to “simplify” it for their audiences or not, but Mead doesn’t do that at all.  I like that it reflected a lot of what Rose felt and thought during the progression of the story.  I was clever for Mead to have Rose “slip inside” Lissa’s head through their bond and create small 3rd person parts of the story.  

Rating: 13/15 total
Favorite Line:  “Hey Mason, wipe the drool off your face.  If you’re going to think about me naked, do it on your own time.”- Rose Hathaway.  I really lost it when I read that line- a true laugh-out-loud moment.  I loved Rose's character because of this dry humor she had.  Lissa was equal as real with her problems, and as the book progresses, you can see they are above their maturity for the age. 

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