Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 16, 2007
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....MY THOUGHTS:
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
WOW! Even with all the vampire books out there right now, Vampire Academy is definitely one of the more impressive favourites! I just love it so much more than I thought I would. It's original and complicated in that I-want-to-know-more sort of way.
Everything about this book entertains. From the clever writing style, to the snarky heroine, to the fast-paced plot, I couldn't stop reading until it was done! It doesn't end on a cliffhanger (yay!), but that doesn't lessen your urge to immediately pick up the next book at all.
Rose deserves every praise anyone has ever given her! She's smart, bad-ass, straightforward, and fiercely protective of those she cares about. I admire her through-and-through! And I love her entire relationship with Dimitri, partly because I have a huge thing for guys with accents and partly because forbidden romance has never looked so good.
This entire book is an action-packed ride that surprises you at every turn! I recommend it to everyone wholeheartedly, whether you like vampires or not (because you probably will, after reading this). Vampire Academy is an awesome first book to a bound-to-be breathtaking series!
BUY or BORROW?: Buy this one to start your VA collection! It's so good! :)
P.S. In case you were wondering, I only docked half a star because I loved Christian and Rose wasn't very nice to him. That is all.