AUTHOR- Richelle Mead
GOODREADS RATING- 4.15/5
GENRE- Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
BOOK PUBLISHED- August 16th, 2007
You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.
ABOUT THE BOOK: ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
MY REVIEW: Vadilisa Dragomir is a Moroi princess and Rosemarie Hathaway is a damphir (half-human and half-vampire), they are best friends. They have been living a free life since the last two years when they escaped the St. Vladimir’s Academy, until they are caught and dragged back. Lissa has a special gift of harnessing the Earth’s magic. Lissa and Rose share a special bond and Rose is committed to protect Lissa at all times from the Strigoi who want to make her one of them.
Written from the POV of Rose, Vampire Academy has a quiet compelling plot. Lissa Dragomir has special powers of healing and can use compulsion, even on Moroi. And like all the other stories, someone wants to use those powers selfishly. On the other hand, Rose is taking extra training classes and lessons so that she can be a guardian and be with Lissa forever. Lissa falls in love with Christian, a Moroi whose parents were turned into Strigoi long ago while Rose secretly likes her trainer, Dimitri whom everyone compares to as a god. The book highlights Rose and Lissa’s friendship and how they fight through all the difficulties with their determination.
The characters are very easy to relate with, even though this book is a paranormal. They portray, both good as well as bad human traits. Rose has been described as a typical reckless 17 year old teenage girl who is stubborn, sarcastic and fun while Lissa is the careful and kind-of wise. The ideas are clear and convincing and the story takes some leaps in between which captures the readers attention. Lissa and Rose’s friendship is truely inspiring… I’ll give it 3.5 stars.
(THESE REVIEWS ARE MY POINT OF VIEWS, AND YOUR OPINIONS MIGHT BE VARYING FROM MINE)