Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway is a dhampir- meaning that she is half vampire and half human.  The Vampire Academy is a secluded school designed to protect and teach the Moroi to learn how to control their magic and dhampirs the skills they need to protect them from the evil red-eyed Strigoi vampires.  Fear that they are in danger, Rose and Lissa have been on the run for two years and have finally been caught and dragged back to the academy.  They, once again, have to face their peers and deal with the drama of social politics.  Is Rose strong enough to keep Lissa safe behind the school walls?

Rose Hathaway is the strong female lead.  She is a straightforward, blunt, a bit sarcastic but is willing to go to extraordinary lengths for those she cares about.  It's hard not to like Rose; she says things that most people are too afraid to say and stands up for what she believes.  Her best friend Lissa, on the other hand, is timid, shy, and smart.  She is the complete opposite of Rose and her character was bit flat at times.  Her worry about a lot of things got slightly annoying and it was obvious that she was dealing with some depression issues. However, it was nice to see she had a dark side and her behavior is justified with the things that she went though.  And who can forget Dimitri?  A hot teacher whose reputation proceeds him.  He is the strong , silent type who genuinely wants to do the right thing.   It's no surprise that Rose is falling for him though it's against the rules.

One of the lessons I learned was "You can't judge a book by it's cover."  I thought this book was going to suck not only because of the cover but also because of the title.  I thought it was going to be a lame Harry Potter wannabe with a vampy twist.  I will be the first to admit that I was very wrong!  I absolutely loved all the characters, especially Rose.  This story is new and original; it had me hooked from the beginning.  The story was fast paced with some nice twists.  There is no doubt about whether I will be reading the next installment to this series.   
PS - the chick on the cover looks like Angeline Jolie

4 out of 5 STARS

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My name is Patricia said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love your review of VA. I'm on the 3rd book right now and I'm thinking I'm just going to read straight through. I love Rose and Dimitri, and I agree, Lisa is a bit annoying. Great review :)

<3 Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

Anonymous said...

i love the entire book novells special with dimitri always protectin his loved ones.

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