Witty, suspenseful and dramatic…. Vampire Academy is the remarkable first book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
Vampire Academy mainly revolves around the idea of three different kinds of vampires. The Moroi are vampires who feed on blood in order to keep themselves alive and can wield magic from one of the five elements: air, water, fire, earth or spirit. Dhampirs are the offspring of a Moroi vampire and either a human or another Dhampir. Unlike the Moroi, Dhampirs are able to go into sunlight, they don’t feed on blood, and they can’t use magic, but they are stronger and faster than Moroi vampires. The Dhampirs are mostly guardians to the Moroi to protect them from the Strigoi. The Strigoi are undead vampires who are Moroi and have turned Strigoi by choice, or they are human, Moroi or Dhampir who have been bitten and turned against their will. Either way, the Strigoi are bloodthirsty immortals who find Moroi blood irresistible.
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess – a mortal vampire who must be protected at all costs from the Strigoi. Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, is a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to the dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are determined to make her one of them.
After tow years of being free illegally, Rose and Lissa are caught and taken back to St Vladimir’s Academy for them both to continue their educations and keep them out of reach of all Strigoi.
But Rose and Lissa have a secret. When Lissa becomes the target of some horrible pranks that involve dying animals, they begin to question whether someone knows Lissa’s darkest secret. Could someone want to take advantage of Lissa’s ability for evil?
Amongst all the danger, Rose and Lissa are still drawn towards the guys at their school. The only problem is, what if one of them is your teacher? And what if one of them is in danger of turning Strigoi? Will love win out, or will both girls be broken hearted?
I absolutely loved Vampire Academy. I love how this is not the typical vampire book, it’s different in so many ways. The story grabbed me from the very first page and pulled me into the magical world of vampires. I became entangled in the characters lives so easily and I followed them throughout the book. Vampire Academy is written from Rose’s point of view, but she has a bond with Lissa so it’s easy to guess how Lissa is feeling from what Rose is interpreting from their bond. I lived for all the sharp and witty comments made from Rose and I absolutely loved her sense of humour. The story line was suspenseful and engaging. At the end of almost every chapter, something changed in the story line, which made me feel different about the situation or about a character, and it made me want to read onto the next chapter. Both their lives were just so grabbing and I enjoyed seeing how they would react differently from each other. Rose and Lissa had completely different personalities, which I liked because alone they were interesting, but they fit together really well too. I found Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead absolutely amazing and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your list, it’s definitely a good book to read!