Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead (Teen Paranormal Romance)

ImageSt. 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.

Stars: 3.5/5

I really enjoyed VA. It took me awhile to read it, but not from lack of wanting too, more from lack of time. I didn’t see the end coming (well some of it, but not all of it. Mostly the Christian/Lissa and Rose/Dimitri stuff, everything else threw me off). I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and even seeing the movie once it comes out on DVD. I’d like to say this is a new take on the Vampire thing, but I felt like it read closely to Melissa De La Cruz’s Blue Blood series, though the Dhampir was different. Don’t get me wrong I LOVED the Blue Blood’s series so that’s probably one of the reasons I like Vampire Academy. Even the strigoi closely resembled the Silver Bloods in the Blue Blood’s series. The plot is completely different though and that’s what intrigued me about Vampire Academy and kept me reading. I downloaded all 6 books when they were on sale ($2.99 each, such a deal!). I have a few other books I need to get through, but then I am definitely starting the rest of the series.  

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