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YA Tower – Vampire Academy: An Engrossing Take On Vampires

vampire academyTHE BOOK: Vampire Academy (Book 1 in the Vampire Academy series)

AUTHOR: Richelle Mead

THE GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Adventure

Book Synopsis

In the world of Vampire Academy the ruthless Strigoi (immortal dead vampires) seek the Moroi (mortal vampires) for their magical powers. Young Rose Hathaway is a Damphir (part vampire and part human), whose one goal in life is to train to become a guardian so she can protect her best friend, Lissa Dragomir, who happens to be the last of the ancient royal Dragomir Moroi.

A crush on a perfect mentor and fighting to ensure Lissa’s safety keeps Rose busy, while Lisa battles inner and outer demons of her own. Teenage social politics is the least of the girls’ worries as they fall for the temptation of forbidden romance and dark magic in this thrilling contemporary series.

Vampire Academy Book Review

Vampire Academy is a light engrossing read. The book is a thrilling mix of a vampire world rich in details, crafted deftly by Richelle Mead, interspersed with daily teenage boarding school drama.

The beautiful and hot headed Rose has to control her rebellious wild side so she can train to be a bodyguard for Lisa. Concentrating on training is specially tough when her mentor turns out to be irresistibly desirable. Dimitri is older, good looking, strong, silent and dangerous. The attraction between the two and any scene with both characters is sure to make you swoon and wish for more. Both are competent, invigorating and complement each other to perfection.

Lisa is also quite an interesting character. We get glimpses into her magical abilities and how special she is, but the more she embraces her powers the more despair enters her life. The bright spot for her is her enigmatic classmate Christian. Their conversations and hidden rendezvous are exciting and add a nice layer to the relationships.

Another interesting aspect is the unshakable bond between Rose and Lisa. Its true significance is never fully revealed which adds to the suspense. But, even though we don’t know all the implications yet, their firm friendship throughout the story is a pleasant surprise.

On the negative side, I did find the lead character, Rose, to be quite petty and childish at times. The writer tries to show how shallow and artificial society can be, but I would have enjoyed the story even without this element in it. I’m hoping that during the course of the other books in the series we get to see a more mature side to Rose. But, I also hope she retains her fun and spark throughout.

By the end of book 1, a plethora of questions remain unanswered and the political deceit deepens further. The ending has me rushing to get the next book in the series to find out more. Of course, I am also eager to read more of Rose and Dimitri.

Film Adaptation

The first book of Vampire Academy series has already been adapted into a movie Vampire Academy : Blood Sisters which released in 2014. The film was not too popular with the audience, but there is enough chemistry between the lead actors to make us wish for a continuation or at least a TV series.

RELATED | Five Reasons Vampire Academy Should Be a TV Show

Overall Rating

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“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Romance Rating

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“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

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By on July 25th, 2015

About Rhea Sinha

Rhea Sinha is a software engineer by profession, a writer and reader at heart. She has grown up on, and not grown out of, classics. Now, living in the beautiful city of Seattle her secret desire is to chance upon a glittering brooding vampire one day. On a cloudy evening you will find her curled up with a murder mystery or watching the newest shows on tv. She hopes to become a full time columnist someday.

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