Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Released : August 16th 2007
Format : Paperback
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Source : Bought from Amazon
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository
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.
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
What can you say.. Gossip girl goes vampire!
Well, the beginning was quite intriguing with the whole girl-on-girl- action going on *smirk* Though after that everything was going so fast, that at first I was kind of out of it.
Rose. I actually liked her. Despite all the bad things about her, like being extremely confident about her looks and always wanting to start a fight. Usually I have a serious trouble with main characters, who think or know that they're really good looking and goes on and on about it, but it didn't bother me as much as I thought, I just started to think that man, she's hot! And I like my female characters kick-ass <3 She's a rebel! The biggest problem I had with her, was that despite her being a rebel, she's obeying the stupid rules and wants to live conventional life. Even when she, and Lissa of course, ran from the academy, she does what she's been taught, aka is a guardian. Yeah, sure, you're raised up to be a guardian, but.. Yeah. I have a huge problem with obediance and conventional ways.
And Lissa. I didn't like her nearly as much as Rose. In the beginning she's kind of whiny and annoying. Luckily, there's actually some character development, and she becomes quit the b*tch. Sort of. Reckless too, which I wasn't so fond of. Christian was obviously good influence, he's awesome.
I love the idea of Rose and Dimitri together, surprize, surprize. But it was sad, that only when they were under compulsion spell, they.. how should I put it.. "got romantic". Hopefully I will see more of them in the next book!
Overall, this was a good read. Dialogues were sometimes kind of wooden, this could have been a total ten if that area were better. As I earlier mentioned, I have huge problem with the conventional thinking and obedience, so that occasionally put me off a little. I don't like the class system, royals or authorities. And I was just horrified, when was revealed, that two guardians can't be together ever. Yeah, I'm a hippie, who thinks that people should be able to love who ever they want (if they're both adults in right mind etc.) and so on. But fortunately I didn't get too creaped out about that and finished the book, since the ending was quite exciting! Definitely will be reading the 2nd book.