Saturday, 22 March 2014

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead|Review

Title: Vampire Academy
Series: Vampire Academy
Genre: Paranormal
 My Star Rating: 

Blurb: 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.

A lot of people are very sceptical about this book because when they hear "paranormal romance" or "vampire" their immediate thought is "twilight". Although both novels are about vampires other than that they have very few similarities. 
Vampire academy had much more exiting characters, an interesting and detailed world along with a gripping story line. At the start of the book we find out Rose and Lissa are on the run. They have been hiding in the human world for over a year after the ran away from St. Vladamir's Academy. Why did they run away? We don't know. The two girls are brought back to the academy and the moment they step through the school gates they are the height of gossip.
One of the things I loved about this book is that although they're vampires or guardians the characters are still ordinary teenagers with normal teenage problems, just vampire problems on top of that.

My favourite character would have to be Christian, he was amazing. I found he was the character I myself was most like and that meant it was easy to connect with him. Most people are obsessed with Dimitri and I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about but to be honest I wasn't big on him, Christian was better.

I loved how complex and original the world was and I think Richelle Mead did a great job of describing the different types of vampires and which powers each possessed. There was also the royal system and the guardian system which was very interesting and detailed. 
You may hear a lot of people saying that the book was slow, it was a tiny bit slower than some books but I think it needed that. How was she meant to go into lengthy descriptions of this complex world in the middle of a huge battle scene. It wasn't as if there was no action, Rose is a very bad-ass character and what would be the use of a bad-ass character if you weren't going to have any action scenes? Rose was a little impulsive at times and so she is occasionally compared to Clary from TMI but Rose's impulsiveness wasn't nearly as annoying as Clary's could be at times.
The only thing that did annoy me slightly about Rose that she was quite vain. She was often going on about how appealing she was to Moroi boys and how Mason was "crazy" about her.
I thought Rose and Lissa's bond was a really clever way finding out what Lissa was doing without having to add another P.O.V, also that way as well as knowing what happened to Lissa you got to know what Rose's reaction to everything was which I loved.
Overall Vampire academy was a great novel which I would definitely recommend and I can't wait to continue with this wonderful series!
Love Always,

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