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Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty...From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…The MeeRichelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty...From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes...Hello My Name Is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt...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 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, where vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for, and the man she can't live without…....

Title : Vampire Academy
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ISBN : 32806759
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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Vampire Academy Reviews

  • manda
    2019-05-27 13:00

    14 Apr '13Future commenters: if you disagree with the review, that is perfectly fine and normal. If you wish to add your own thoughts of the book, that's also perfectly fine. But please keep the ad hominems and accusations (and not just directed at me, but also other commenters) at home.Everyone's free to say what they wish on a public forum. But I am also free to moderate what goes on in my space. I've never deleted/moderated comments before, as that goes against my beliefs on free and public discourse, but any future offensive or judgemental/critical-of-people-instead-of-the-book comments will be ignored and deleted.This is a review of a book, not a fact sheet. Just because I think this book is stupid, does not mean I think people who enjoy it are stupid. No need to be defensive/insulted over it.11 Dec '12Edit, because I am fucking sick of people coming up to the comments section, especially without reading through the previous pages of comments, and stomp in, guns blazing with accusations of racism and slutshaming.1) Racism / wtf does Race have to do with anything!? / stfu you racist cow! / Stop putting irrelevant topics in your review, bitch!>>please refer to: comment 69comment 742) Slutshaming / How dare you call her the S word! / Girls like you are setting back feminism by a few decades! / Other holier-than-thou commentsFirst of all -- if you're going to start accusing me of slut-shaming simply because of my use of the word "slut", GTFO. I'm going to steal a commenter's words here: slut-shaming is not about the word, it's about a mind set. (view spoiler)[Thanks, Red. Please don't sue me for plagiarism. (hide spoiler)]But just to make it extra crispy clear: it isn't Rose's sluttiness that pisses me off and makes me loathe her, it's her hypocrisy and objectifying of human beings. Had she been a male character I would have called him an ass/jerk/manwhore. How many people would object to that?!>>please refer to: comment 11617 Apr '12Where I come from, there are these type of girls who would literally throw themselves out at any white boy. I'm not sure why, but it seems that they have this idea that Caucasian = hotness. Boys, being boys, well ... they snatch up every opportunity. What really bugs me though, is not only the immense cheapness of these girls, but the extent to which they will go out there and hunt these western boys. Don't get too eager and start asking me where this paradise of easy sex is, though. They're not the exotic Lucy Liu goddesses; most of them are just plain... fugly.The heroine of this book reminds me a lot of those girls. Well, except she's not one of the fugly ones.This one sentence wraps it up for me:"I was a pretty dhampir, one who didn't mind getting into trouble and pulling crazy stunts. I became a novelty; they liked having me around for the fun of it."Just like those girls know these foreigners only keep them around for the "fun" of it, and would just as easily toss them aside like a used condom.Rose Hathaway is the kind of girl who'd hook up with a guy just because he's hot. She'll be with one guy, but thinking about another. She is constantly thinking about getting with guys:"You flirted with the other guys simply for the sake of flirting. You flirted with Jesse in the hopes of getting semi-naked with him. He was a royal Moroi, and he was so hot, he should have worn awarning: flammable sign."and yet when someone accuses her of being a slut, she's all indignant. What, if you don't go as far as sex, then it annuls any tendencies of sluttiness? Please. I have a lot of promiscuous friends - I'm not exactly wearing a promise ring myself - but at least have the decency to embrace your inner slut.What irritates me even more with this character is how she would then go about referring to other dhampirs who offer "services" to morois as "bloodwhores". Bitch, please - you're not so far off yourself. Hypocritical characters are just not my thing. ESPECIALLY when they don't realize they're being hypocritical, or when the author doesn't realize s/he's writing a hypocritical character.Now, there is a difference between confidence and arrogance; both I find charming in their own ways. But Rose Hathaway is neither. She is downright up herself, which is not a trait that I find endearing. I had to roll my eyes every time she described her sexiness..."I knew I was pretty, but to Moroi boys, my body was more than just pretty: it was sexy in a risqué way.""I knew perfectly well that there weren't a lot of girls at this school who looked as good in a bra as I did."The first one or two times were perhaps forgivable. But the third time around, I really couldn't help but groan. But in fact, Rose seems to be only obsessed with looks (which is odd, considering her "occupation" as a guardian); you'd think considering what she's been through, she'd be a little less shallow than that."Me. Turning into Alberta. Her...and all the other female guardians. They're all leathery and stuff. Fighting and training and always being outdoors - they aren't pretty anymore." I paused."This...this life. It destroys them. Their looks, I mean."But forget her vanity for a second. Let's take a look at her apparently "redeeming" characteristic; her loyalty to her best friend, Lissa. You know, the one whose relationship she sabotaged?"Why don't you just leave her alone? Are you so messed up and desperate for attention that you can't tell when someone doesn't like you?" He scowled. "You're some crazy stalker, and she knows it. She's told me all about your weird obsession-how you're always hanging out in the attic together, how you set Ralf on fire to impress her. She thinks you're a freak, but she's too nice to say anything."...and for no other reason than jealousy. Oh, and because this dude comes from a shamed family. Never mind how much her best friend obviously adores him. Never mind how much he obviously cares about her in return.All in all, I just couldn't sympathize for Rose. She was an attempt of a kick-ass, independent, empowered young girl - but she came across as conceited, hypocritical, and shallow.Then the princess girl? Lissa? I don't know ... she was just bland. None of the characters in the book stood out for me. Even the romance seemed kind of forced (not to mention predictable - but aren't they all?!). It seemed the only reason Dimitri and Rose had this vibe going on was because of their mutual hotness (a word frequently thrown out there in the book). There was this brief explanation of how it was also because of their shared extreme dedication in being guardians - which I didn't buy. I have an extreme dedication in journalism, but I don't fall in love with every dedicated journalists out there.Plot-wise... meh. Nothing special. The story was about a vampire and her half-human, half-vampire guardian, who had run away from a "vampire academy" and at the beginning of the book were captured and returned. The secret behind their escape was obviously a device to keep us hooked, but when it was finally revealed, it didn't seem too "wow, omigod" for me.The Vampires in this story didn't even seem like your traditional vampires, other than their weakness when exposed to direct sunlight, and their occasional "feeding". There was apparently another type of Vampire, which were called the "strigoi", which we didn't see much of; and even when we did, it wasn't even that exciting.Editing-wise... could be better. "describrd" on page 142 is one of the errors that I remembered. There were more, but I can't be bothered flipping through the pages to find them.In conclusion. Maybe I would've liked this better if I were... 15? 16? 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  • Faye, la Patata
    2019-05-27 06:07

    So I watched the movie aaaaaand I hated it. I also made a comic review of the thing on the blog! But I'll also post it here for your reading pleasure. Warning: a lot of Dimitri shots.QUICK RANT: <--- THIS is the hot Dimitri?! THIS?! WHO THE HELL IS THIS. WHO THE FUCK IS THIS CRETIN. HE IS NOT THE DIMITRI I EXPECTED.I'm not sure I can endure the movie now.~End rant~And Bubbles makes her comeback yet again! I've been a fan of Richelle Mead since I started her Game of X series, but before that, I have never ever tried her much-popular Vampire Academy series... until today. My paperback copy has been waiting for me for two years, and I have finally given in and opened the first page! Bubbles will be sharing her opinion in my stead... get ready!

  • Ruby
    2019-05-18 09:10

    So many people talk about Twilight and miss this super great book......I liked Twilight, but I had a hard time dealing with Bella. I thought she was just too...girly for some having with vampires. I wanted someone that could stand with them in a fight and not cower behind....Enter Rose. She is the bodyguard to Lissa, a vampire princess that must attend school and keep out of the clutches of the dark side. Rose is aggressive and hard headed, sometimes risking Lissa while trying to prove she is strong, but all the while terrified to let anyone else in. To make her stronger, her elders bring in the hot and ever so delicious Dimitri and with fists and kicks a flying, Rose's world gets a might more interesting.This is one killer book for anyone who loves Vampires and is looking for a good young adult book. I strongly urge anyone, not just teens to pick it up because once you start it, you won't put it down or the second and third. LOL!!So get past Edward and Bella, not that I don't love them, and sink your teeth into Rose and Lissa's often dangerous lives.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-05-17 09:11

    *2017 lowered rating to 2 stars because realistically 3 was generous

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-05-09 13:03

    I like this series because everything makes sense.Unlike other urban fantasy series featuring vampires. *cough* Twilight *cough* It’s an old subject, so I won’t dwell on it, but let’s just say that there’s nothing terrifying about having your vampire body sparkle like you’re covered with diamonds. It’s ridiculous.But this book isn’t. I find the concept of having vampires be protected by guardians very interesting. For once it’s the bad guys that need protecting—though they’re fairly okay all things considered. You usually forget, as a reader, that they drink people’s blood until Rose mentions it. If you’re hesitating between watching the movie and reading the book first, pick the book and then watch the movie. That’s what I did and I’m glad for it. Because the movie is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous—almost like pretty Edward and his sparkly body. But it’s somewhat self-aware of its ridiculousness, so I had a blast watching it with lots of popcorn in front of me. Give this series a try if you’re looking for a good boarding school story with a kickass heroine—whose love interest is not the top guy at school—and vampires that can control magic. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-04-28 09:19

    Vampire Academy is a difficult book to review.On one hand, it is a variation on the norm and Rose is definitely not the usual character occupying the myriad of PRNs these days. The writing style is blessedly free of awkward construction and mistakes. In fact, the writing isn't too bad at all.The secondary characterizations are quite good for the most part, and well rounded. The pacing is agonizingly slow at the beginning of the book and doesn't pick up until the last fifty pages. The lore behind the story is complex, convoluted and somewhat ridiculous. So you have the Moroi's, a race of weak, magic wielding vampires and the Dhampires who are their stronger "Guardians". The only way that Dhampires breed is if they are lucky enough to get up to shenanigans with the Moroi (who won't marry them) and have illegitimate bastard children. However this is somehow okay for this race because they can't breed amongst themselves and if you're a Dhampire male than you can just give up on the idea of ever having children because extreme chances are that you won't.The Dhamires are the Moroi's Guardians against another race of vampires, the Strogoi, who want to feast on Moroi flesh.But you'd think that, on behalf of your race, if you were a Dhampire and naturally stronger and tougher then these Moroi - you'd just conquer them and keep them as your slaves. Who wants to dedicate their lives (their entire lives - they literally LIVE to protect the Moroi) just for the faint chance of being able to reproduce? Especially with a race that looks down on you!It just doesn't make sense and the dynamics don't really compute. I mean, okay, I'm not the most ethical person out there but if I were a stronger, tougher breed of vampire and the weak vampires came and said, "Okay, we'll keep you as our Guardians and have drunken, disrespectful sex with you on occasion as long as you protect us from the Strogoi." I'd probably respond with, "How about I protect you by keeping you in my dank, dark cellar as my slave while I take over the world? Does that sound fair to you?"It's just the way nature works FFS! The pay off isn't anywhere near the sacrifice!Guardian women either have to give up their children or quit, have no income and become a "blood whore" (those that feed the Moroi - something that's looked down upon as beyond disgusting). I'm sorry. I vote for overthrowing the weak, pissy Moroi and ruling over them as tyrants. It definitely would be a more feasible option with less likelihood of me ending up screwed over.The love story surprised me. I spent the entire book up until the last few pages thinking it was extremely gross, if not weird and awkward. I didn't and I still don't feel any chemistry between the main two love interests. They seem to be thrown together by the author with nothing real between them to make you think that they actually belong together. The last part of the book redeemed a lot of that for me though with the encouraging decisions made by the male romantic lead.Over all, it's not a bad read if you're into teenage romances and school stories. The School aspect plays a major role in this book, particularly the politics of the average teen life. For those who were immensely glad to leave high school behind, this book may not be for you.

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2019-04-29 13:19

    I gave this book 3 stars on my first read. I raised my rating after reading and liking it more on my second read.Addition : Why I think you should read VA instead of CovenantThe before : September 2010I was a stubborn brat when it came to reading Vampire Academy. Part of me honestly thought that a vampire series couldn't impress me after experiencing how oversaturated the genre had become with depressing and lackluster characters and stories. Because of this, I went into my first read of VA begrudgingly and with a bad attitude. It didn't make any sense to me why so many people were rabid fans of this series. I think I pre-programmed myself to want to hate the books. So I read the first book and ended up liking it. But I still didn't see what the big deal was. My review reflected the attitude that it was an easy read and somewhat entertaining - but what was the big deal?Apparently, there must have been something sparked because I started book 2 shortly thereafter and then found myself blazing through the rest of the series, getting more and more addicted with each book.The After : September 2012 Two years later and this remains one of my favorite series of all time. Even though book 1 had a few glaring errors, each book got better by massive leaps and bounds. The end of book 3 had me crying, the second half of book 4 had me on pins and needles, and after I finished book 5 I joined the crew of people who were throwing out theories about what could possibly happen in the upcoming release of book 6. Since then, I've devoured the graphic novels and spinoff series Bloodlines (featuring a cast of extras from the original VA books). I had become obsessed. Dimitri is one of my all-time favorite heroes. Period. There is no one I've come across in my book reading history quite like Guardian Belikov. He is bad-ass and lethal. He is loyal and honorable. He is strong, vigilant, and protective. He is the man you want to take home to momma before dragging him off to bed (he is 24 and all man, so I do not feel guilty about admitting this!). He is every characteristic that I'd want to see in a hero, without being turned into an arrogant and controlling asshole like you see in so many books featuring a larger-than-life male lead.Rose is one of my all-time favorite female leads. What? Both the male and female in the same story are great? She is mouthy, stubborn, determined, loyal, brave, and can also kick major ass. If you ever wanted a friend who would go to bat for you, Rose is your girl. Rarely, does a couple balance one another in a story. Now, this isn't to say that these two are an actual couple (I will neither confirm nor deny that they end up together, since another potential love interest does enter the picture in book 2), but the chemistry between Roza and Dimka is off the charts because they are able to challenge each other. Oh, but wait. There's a complication. Rose is being trained to become a guardian by Dimitri. That's right - they are teacher and student. Now, this isn't in the disgustingly creepy pedo way. Rose is almost 18 and Dimitri is 24. Their values and ways of thinking often show them more as equals than mentor and student, so the lines become blurred. But yes...this has the potential to become a forbidden and dangerous love story...if they ever allowed it go there.I'm not telling, of course!Final analysis from then to now :My first read complaints were that I didn't understand why Rose was so down for the cause and had such unfailing devotion to the ruling class. Even after going through a complete series read, I still struggle with this, even though I liked some of the attitude shifts in the later books. Lissa didn't impress me back in 2010. She still doesn't impress me in 2012. I didn't recall book 1 having so much silly teen drama. Because books 3 through 6 are focused so much on fighting and real-life struggles outside of the school, those are the memories I carry with me. This is an extremely mature (and sexy) series for YA because of the older characters and content. So I was surprised to go back and realize that book 1 read younger and sillier than the rest of the books. It was still good. In fact, I appreciate it more now, knowing how much it set up the series, so I'm raising my rating a full star. Make no mistake though, this is the weakest book in the series. If you're unsure about book 1, keep reading because it gets INCREDIBLE from here on out. The world building in the first 30% of the original book was overwhelming imo. Initial info-dumping is one of Mead's only flaws as a writer because otherwise she is a master at getting me to care about her characters (regardless of series).The action and adventure balances the romance excellently. I should have mentioned this earlier, but this is not a paranormal romance series. It is a high-octane Urban Fantasy. Expect adventures in every book. The sexual chemistry is just a bonus, but it doesn't choke out the fun aspect of the series.I have no doubt now that this will stay in my top 3 series for a long time to come. Re-reading only cemented this for me.Oh my Dimka, my Dimka...Dimitri hovered over us, alert and ready for any threat, his body coiled to attack. I felt safe with him beside us.In that horrible moment, with him raging like a storm, I knew why Mason had called him a god.He regarded me with utter seriousness, like he always did. "I think you're beautiful.""Beautiful?""You are so beautiful, it hurts me sometimes."

  • Etnik
    2019-05-24 12:13

    ____________________________________________“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.” ____________________________________________You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!Okay so after billions of people recommending this to me,I decided to read it,to give it a try.To be honest I didn't except good things from this book,and I am glad I got some.What I expected :A vampire schoolVampires making out with each otherA forbidden loveAn evil Vampire trying to destroy the good vampiresVampire abilities(since this is a book about vampires)What I really got:A vampire schoolVampires making out with each otherA forbidden loveAn evil Vampire trying to destroy the good vampiresVampire abilities(since this is a book about vampires)Okay,so you may think "Why are you rating this 3 star if you didn't like it?".It's not that I didn't like it,it was likable and entertaining and a really fast was predictable,and I am really sick of the same plot drama *I just want a good book*.____________________________________________“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.” ____________________________________________Thinks that bothered me a lot:1.Too much male describeness.It was so annoying,because when the story was getting edgy and interesting there was always Rose describing guys in appearance.And I don't know why nowdays Vampires have to be extremetly good looking people.Before centuries there were pretty scary to people,now people only see them as figures of attraction.2.The action was short,like ultimately short.The scene with psi hounds and Victor,I imagined a world war fight,but what I got was two persons fighting dogs.3.Rose's dumbness.Rose is hot(I will talk more about Rose's hotness below) but she was also dumb.And she is way to simple to be a main character.4.Too many characters.I had to keep track of all the names.____________________________________________“Taking a deep breathe, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life.I walked away.” ____________________________________________Thinks I did like:1.Rose's HOTNESS.Okay before Rose,I really liked Lissa as a figure.She was tall and beautiful and as Rose described she was hot.And I am all in for hot blondes,but what hit me hard was this phrase "Moroi have smart breasts* and it all went crashing to me.And then I discovered about Rose.Well after the 2/3 of the book,my image of Rose was probably like this:And then I saw the movie and I got this:And lord,it didn't disappoint.The actress who plays Rose is freaking hot and matching.She is actually the reason why I watched that horrible movie.2.I also liked the jokes.There were some burns that I even felt while reading.Rose sure has a lot of tongue.And I have to admit,it was fun to read.3.The story was solid,even that it was a little predictable,it was solid and actually well made,and what's more importantly,it made me read more,and I will definitely read the next book.____________________________________________“I'm really not good with impulse control.” ____________________________________________I recommend this book,if you are into vampires.And as I said,it is a simple and fast read.

  • Libro Joven
    2019-04-26 07:18

    Best. Vampire. Saga. EVER. Just that. I dare anyone come and tell me otherwise. It is funny, witty, the plots are amazing, and the characters are great (well.... maybe Lissa is not great, but hey, she is just the one flaw). If you like vampire books, you must read it. If you hate vampire books, you must read it. What the hell, whether you like or dislike books in general, this book is a MUST HAVE. Because I say so (OK, me and thousands of people just like me) Twilight? What the hell is Twilight?

  • ~Poppy~
    2019-05-24 07:56

    "If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.” This book is amazing!! I loved Rose and Dimitri!! I loved Lissa and Christian!! But I also loved Rose and Lissa! Vampire Academy not only has mystery,adventure and great romance that we all love but it also shows us the power of the friendship which we don't see a lot in books!So let's start from the beginning!!!We have 3 kinds of vampires!1)MoroiThey are good vampires who live and die like normal humans but they have fangs and they drink human blood (they don't kill the person who drink from). They can also use magic! Each of them can use one of the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air!! Moroi are able to walk in sunlight, but the sun weakens them and makes them uncomfortable. 2)StrigoiThey are bad vampires who are immortal, and are made instead of born. How you become a Strigoi? There are two options: 1st if they force them to be a strigoi.If a Strigoi drinks blood from their victim and then forces them to drink Strigoi blood then you become a Strigoi(That could happen to humans ,Moroi and Dhampirs). 2st way is to willingly become Strigoi but is only from Moroi. If a Moroi purposefully kills another person while feeding then that Moroi turns into a Strigoi. The Moroi who becomes Strigoi lose their magical abilities and they can no longer go into the sun. They are faster and stronger than Moroi.3)DhampirThey are half human and half vampire. A long time ago dhampir were born through the relationship between human and Moroi but in this time vampires wants to keep their identitysecret so dhampir are born through the union of a Moroi with another Dhampir. They don't drink blood and they don't have magical abilities. But they are a lot stronger and faster than humans. They are protecting Moroi from Strigoi.So, Rose(Dhampir) and Lissa(Moroi) are best friends who run away two years ago. Rose has a one-sided bond to Lissa which allows her to know Lissa's emotions and thoughts. Which makes her the perfect guardian for Lissa. But when they are forced back to their school Dimitri Belikov( a handsome dhampir) is assigned to be Lissa's guardian and when Rose learn how to be guardian she will be her guardian as well. Dimitri also offers to mentor Rose in extra classes because she has to make up for the years she has lost. So, how was the bond created?Why the girls left from the St. Vladimir's Academy? I had this questions from the start!!!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Okay I don't know where to start!!1)The bond between Rose and LissaAs I said Moroi can control four elements. But Lissa has a fifth element the spirit. With the spirit she can heal others. What happen then? Rose died and Lissa brought her back to life. When that happened it created a bond between them. Lissa believed she hadn't specialized before she learnt that spirit existed! Lissa also became depressed,did strange things and because of the bond and with the compulsion of Sonya's Karp Rose decided to run away with Lissa.2)Rose and DimitriThey are two strong characters. They are both badasses warriors. Rose has a crush on Dimitri who denies it. Dimitri is so hard to read most of the time I didn't know how he felt for Rose! I loved their training every single time!! When under Victor's Love Spell, they confessed their feelings for one and other and nearly had sex in Dimitri's room, but they broke away from the spell when Dimitri threw away the necklace.I was so excited in that moment!! Later they said that they could never be together because they were destined to be Lissa's Guardians. 3)Lissa and ChristianLet's start from that Lissa and Christian are a royal Moroi. Lissa is the last from her bloodline(Dragomir). Christian is an Ozera but because of his parents' actions Christian was avoided as people thought he was likely to become Strigoi like his parents. Christian and Lissa knew each other before Lissa left the Academy, but had never talked to each other.Upon Lissa's return, she discovered that Christian had begun to spend time in the attic where she had before she had left. They began to share the space and became friends. Christian soon fell in love with Lissa. Rose, who didn't like Christian, told him that Lissa only felt sorry for him and so he began ignoring Lissa. But later Rose understood the terrible mistake she made and she told Christian that she lied but Lissa reunited with her ex-boyfriend. But at the end of the book, they were together!!!!Christian is my favorite character in the first book.He is so funny and he is sarcastic in the entire book. I loved it. I also loved when he set Ralf on fire because he was mean to Lissa and Rose.4)MiaI hated her in the first book. Because I have read all the books I can not hate her anymore but she did a lot wrong things and the most of all was to sleep with Jesse and Ralf(two Moroi-idiots to get them to spread rumours about Rose. She hated Lissa but at first I thought because she was jealous for Aaron but she hated her because she had a relationship with Lissa's brother and he dumped her.5)The bad guy was Victor DashkovAt first he showed us that he cared about Lissa but he wanted her to heal him from a disease that was slowly killing him. He wanted to test her power first, so he had his daughter (Natalie, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING) lay dead animals so Lissa could bring them back to life.Eventually, he kidnapped her and forced her to heal him but Rose,Dimitri, Christian and other guardians save the day! Christian , my baby almost died but Lissa healed him!6)NatalieI don't hate her!! She loved her dad so much that she become a Strigoi because her dad told her to. I felt sad for her.7)I really liked Mason!! He is completely in love with Rose but she only sees him as a friend! He is very funny and he is also protective of Rose especially when other males would insult her. Okay, I was wondering why I didn't remember Eddie in the first book!Now, I remember!! BECAUSE HE HAD ONE LINE in the entire book! That's not fair!

  • ~Poppy~
    2019-05-04 10:21

    1) Vampire Academy★★★★★If you want to see my review for the first book click here!!2)The Turn and the Flame★★★★"I will never endure this sort of pain again. If I’m able to love someone else one day, I will do whatever it takes to hold on to him. No matter the cost."This is a story from Tasha's point of view and we learn what happened the day that Christian's parents become Strigoi! I will admit even though I didn't like Tasha (view spoiler)[ from her actions in Last Sacrifice(hide spoiler)] , I understand her a little better! I cried for Christian because he lost his parents but I also cried for Tasha because she lost her love, Vinh. I think because of that lost Tasha became "a little" crazy."Start with something, and go from there. Go until you’re unstoppable."I also believe that the reason she wanted at first Dimitri was because she reminded her of Vinh."Just like Vinh , she thought. So controlled and so good at his duty. So good at sitting on his feelings."3)From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir ★★★"I miss Dad calling me “little queen” because he always said I ruled our family."This is a story from Lissa's point of view and we see how she faced the death of her parents and we also see what Lissa and Rose did after they left from St. Vladimir's Academy. I like it but most of it, it was things that already knew! Soo!!4)The meeting ★★★★“My name is Dimitri Belikov. I’ve come to take you back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, Princess.”This is a story from Dimitri's point of view and we see his first thoughts about Rose!!! I want more!!!!It was like 10 pages😭 Richelle Mead do something, please :P5)Hello, My Name Is Rose Hathaway ★★★★“You’re Dimitri Belikov. Campus badass. Defender of justice. You’re even dressed like a sheriff, for God’s sake! It’s like Lissa being an angel. Your personalities run so deep you can’t even escape them when you’re in costume. You’re supposed to dress up like who you want to be on Halloween and St. Varvara’s Day. Not who you already are.” “You want to be an identity thief.” “Hell no,” I said, impressed he’d correctly identified the costume. “I’m Rose Hathaway. Why would I want to be anyone else?”This story is from Rose's point of view and I really like it!! It is after Vampire Academy and before Frostbite! "And I’m giving the last one to you, comrade. You should be flattered. Because even if it’s complicated, I hope you realize there are perks to having Rose Hathaway in your life.” His smile grew as he picked up the chocolate. “Oh, I do, Roza. I do.”["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • emma
    2019-05-06 12:18

    I am...shocked.I am astonished. I am astounded. I am...surprised. I am dumbfounded. I am, to my core, #shook.I reread a book that I liked in 2014...and I still liked it.If you’ve read my reviews before, or like, once accidentally chanced upon me yelling about something and immediately ran away, or did whatever the Internet equivalent of immediately running away is (hitting “back” real fast?), then you will know something about me to be true.I NEVER like ANYTHING. Especially not books that I liked before. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I’m inherently masochistic and my own worst enemy and I set myself up for failure when I’m at my most confident just to feel alive.It’s almost like if I gave a book 5 stars over a year ago, I’m MORE likely to hate it. Isla and the Happily Ever After, for example. Or A Court of Mist and Fury. The Selection. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Night Circus. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Just One Year. Attachments.The year of the reread has uh...not been going well.And then THIS book comes out of the woodwork. I literally expected to hate this book before rereading it. It has vampires. It’s set in a high school. The villains are mostly teenage girls (#girlhatecentral). 50 percent of the plotline is gossip-based. The central romance is between a 17 or 18 year old (honestly not too sure) and a man in his mid-twenties. The whole thing is rife with opportunities for slut shaming.And yet...GUYS THIS BOOK WAS FUN.It was not five stars fun. It was not even four stars fun! But it waaaaas fun. Sometimes. Let’s talk about why and why not!!!So first off. (Lol. First off like I’m not well into rambling already.) Vampire Academy follows Rose Hathaway, who’s a badass sassy sometimes girl-hating but not as often you’d expect dhampir. A dhampir is a half vampire, half human whose entire existence is dedicated to protecting the Pretty Vampires. Pretty Vampires, called Moroi by everyone who isn’t me, are nice and tall and slender and pale (you will hear these descriptors one thousand times). They have magic that they spend 18 years learning about only to do f*ck all with it for the rest of their lives because they think using it in defense is nooooot coooooool or whatever. It’s dumb.There are also Mean Uggo Vampires. Mean Uggo Vampires (called Strigoi) don’t have magic but they live forever and are super fast and they are meaaaaaan they have no morals at all!!! They just want blood all the time!!! Almost like a vampire or something!!! To become a Mean Uggo Vampire, you suck someone’s blood until you kiiiiiill them. Or, I think, a Mean Uggo Vampire can bite you. I honestly don’t remember. The thing about a book telling me the same worldbuilding information 8 times is that I just start tuning one hundred percent of it out and don’t learn ANYTHING. Breaking: I am the worst reader in the world.Okay, so. Bad news first.This book is fun, yes, but it could be one million times more fun. (That’s the actual math I did on it. I found a big chalkboard in the MIT math building Good Will Hunting-style with this equation on it. I solved it obvs and figured out that Vampire Academy would be exactly 1,000,000 times more fun with the following provisions.) For one thing, probably 18% (so much math in this review I hate myself) of this book is the same worldbuilding info over. And over. And over. Pretty Vampires are tall. Also they are pale. Also they are soooooo sleeeeeender you guys. I will never, in my life, forget that Lissa is the last of the Dragomir line. (Because there is also SO MUCH INFORMATION ON VAMPIRIC MONARCHICAL SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT IN THIS WEIRDO BOOK.) Just cut the repetition Richelle!!!! For my sake plz!!!!!!!Generally speaking, also, this book is très repetitive. A lot of that is based on the construction of the plot and it is garbage, for sure, but whatever. Less avoidable than the fact that ALL OF THIS IS BASED ON HIGH SCHOOL GOSSIP. There is so much drama!!! Apparently the only thing worse in the entire world than making steamy eye contact with a Mean Uggo Vampire is any damage to your reputation. A mental breakdown so devastating you end up bleeding out in the high school nurse’s office? Sure, no problem. But your fellow students finding out you almost died? SO embarrassing. Heaven forbid.In other words: Bo-ring.Also, sooooo much of this book toes the line on girl hate and slut shaming. I consider myself a professional on detecting the slightest trace of either and immediately screaming about it in a one-star review, but I’m really not sure on this one. It seems like girls AND boys suck here, even though there are at least two (2) girl villains. They’re at least the masterminds behind some asshole guys though??? Is that better or worse????? I literally am asking because I cannot tell my own thoughts anymore.I’m breaking.Rose is a flirt but she’s also a virgin, so it brings up a lot of complex sh*t when it comes to slut shaming. Thinking about it makes me feel like Charlie Day in that one episode of Always Sunny. Like, me trying to figure out if Rose hates women: Plus there are only two characters I actually like out of the millions upon millions who exist in this book. But I’m tired of complaining (who ever thought this day would come) so let’s talk about them.So………….in spite all of my conspiracy-theory bulletin board red thread crazy-eyed analysis of Rose’s potential sexism, Charlie Day-style……….I like the gal a lot.She’s pretty funny! And very badass. She does some annoying stuff and she doesn’t always treat people well, but also #same and who would I be if I judged her for the very same sins I commit on the daily. Mainly she’s fun to read about and that, when it comes to a gooey-eyed vampire high school story, is truly the only thing that matters. We’re not going for literary character complexity here folks.The other character I’m heavy into is, uh...I’m embarrassed to say this...guh IT’S DIMITRI OKAY. LEAVE ME ALONE.Dimitri is the way-too-old-for-Rose love interest...and I’m love INTERESTED let me tell you. (Was that funny? It totally wasn’t, right? I am off my game today, you guys!) (Please allow me to continue to live in the happy illusion that I am sometimes funny and therefore have a game to be off.)I don’t have much else to say. I think he’s hot, for whatever reason, and I...ugh...warning, I am about to use the worst word in human existence…ship (bleh, bleh, bleh, gag me with a spoon oh god) him and Rose.Even though I shouldn’t.Because again, he’s too old.But here we are, you know? Just have to accept it really, in all its devastating off-brand-ness. Don’t ever tell me I’m not honest with you guys. And I can’t believe I’m saying this either, but...this world is kind of...creative? Like, yes, vampires, perhaps the least creative mythical creature to put in a young adult novel in the twenty-first century, but Pretty solid to be totally honest.PLUS THIS IS FUN, OKAY? I’m done defending myself against my imagination’s interpretation of your extremely harsh reaction to this review.Bottom line: This is fun and not good but also very guilty pleasure yum great. I’ve lost whatever loose grasp I may have once had on the ability to speak English in semi-coherent sentences. I must go.------------PRE-REVIEW*clears throat*I REREAD A BOOK ABOUT VAMPIRES CENTERING ON A HIGH SCHOOL TEEMING WITH DRAMA THAT I WAS INTO IN 2014.................AND I STILL LIKED IT.don't get me wrong, it wasn't perfect or anything.but we'll get into it. review to come

  • Emily May
    2019-05-04 08:59

    So I said I wouldn't read this after being warned about 10 million times that they stop being worth the bother after book 3. I said it repeatedly, earnestly... and then I caved. I mean, what do you do when you've nothing ahead of you but a day at the library and when you turn around...dum, dum, dum... there it is, the internationally praised series that you swore you would never... but then what if you felt different?... how can you expect to deal with not finding out for yourself? So I guess I'm going to be the whole 'curiosity killed the cat' cliche when I get past book 3, not to mention the one about being a 'glutton for punishment'.But, as I've been told and as I therefore expected, this first book in the series I've been putting off was really good. I'm not surprised I liked the writing style seeing as I'm already a Richelle Mead fan after reading her Succubus series. She uses traditional urban fantasy features like supernatural creatures and mythology but has a very chick-lit feel to her books which I like. My favourite hobby is to read about spunky, sarcastic heroines who aren't afraid to express their sexuality. I expected Mead to be somewhat more vanilla in a young adult novel but she (not surprisingly) pushed the boundaries and made this quite a sexy novel.It's basically the vampire version of high school, complete with bitchiness, cliques and hot but obnoxious guys. I also found it one of the best depictions of friendship between two teenage girls that I've read in a long time, Rose and Lissa are simply delightful characters. It did make me really want to read book 2 but I will be progressing with caution throughout. I couldn't help myself, I've been warned countless times and read reviews that talk about Mead's later failures with this series, but I still had to find out for myself. I'm annoying like that.

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-05-01 08:56

    I expected a cringe-worthy vampire book and turns out this was good!Very teen-angsty but I will definitely continue the series.PS Don't watch the movie... it was painful.

  • E
    2019-05-03 07:02

    I decided to read Vampire Academy because it was on a list of books most likely to inherit Twilight's throne ( .Before I harp on about the first Vampire Academy book, I want to comment on the series as a whole: these books are really readable and quite good fun. They pull fewer punches than a lot of other supernatural novels, and the series gets quite a bit darker as it progresses. The characters encounter myriad trials--mental instability, torture, betrayal, death, and (of course) true love. The primary protagonist, Rose, is especially strong; she is tough, quick-tempered, but very clever with a great sense of humor (and she develops a depth and sadness as the series progresses). Best of all, I think that most of the books in the series are consistent, building effectively on one another--something I can't say for most sagas. I wish the characters were allowed to change and deepen a little more in light of certain traumatic events throughout the series (though to be fair, I think the whole aftereffect of traumatic events is explored more thoroughly in the spin-off series, Bloodlines). I find the dialogue weirdly wooden and would prefer a little more subtext in it (especially for the lest direct, more socially graceful characters like Lissa; Rose is obviously the kind of person who says what she thinks, come hell or high water!) Nonetheless, the books are absorbing, probably my favourite YA vampire novels currently on the market.Now on to a bit about the first book itself:The first book in a series of six, Vampire Academy reads like a combination of Twilight, Gossip Girl, and one of Tamora Pierce's Alanna novels. The heady mixture of vicious gossip, the supernatural, and adolescent sexuality (there's all kinds of making out) creates something compulsively readable and fun.Sure, the reader has to cope with sentences--stuck in the midst of dead serious scenes--that read "And then, suddenly, he was there, charging down the hallway like Death in a cowboy duster"; sure, the character development is about as subtle as a blow to the head. And yes, it's true that the dialog is full of more dead wood than an old oak tree. None of that matters when your story is narrated by a beautiful liquorish body guard who hates books and gets slap-happy whenever anyone else so much as gives her best friend and ward--a vampire princess (yes, a vampire princess)--so much as a funny look. Did I mention that this bodyguard and her princess share a psychic bond? That our tough narrator has a crush on her sexy Russian mentor (who quite obviously fancies her as well)? That all of the other vampire royals are full of malice and gossip? That the vampire princess has special powers? How about a war between "good" and "bad" vampires? Oh reader, this book is good fun.

  • Leonie
    2019-05-15 08:11

    This book was totally wicked! I ♥ it!!! :PI hope you can feel my joy for reading this book once you have read it too! It was awesome!I loved how you got totally engrossed in it and then it had a total shocker ending! But, I'm not telling you what that is! :P

  • Giulia
    2019-05-11 06:57

    This is a negative review. If you enjoyed the book, that's great! Sadly, I didn't, so please respect my opinion as I will respect yours. THE RANT BEGINS. Chapter One. We're presented with a pretty confusing situation, without knowing who's who and what is going on (I almost thought I had by mistake picked up the sequel, because it felt like I was missing out on something.) But at least we have what seems like a kick-ass main character, Rose, and a strong female friendship between her and Lisa, so I was like:Then a mildly interesting premise suddenly turns into high school drama and terrible writing, so I was like: Things keep getting worse, because Rose is acting like the spoiled thirteen-year-old we've all been (despite her being what, seventeen?), thinking she's tough shit and that insulting authority figures, being rude and punching people in the face whenever they disagree with her is the best course of action. So, while trying really hard to be a badass, she ends up looking like an immature brat, and I was like:By this point I had almost forgotten about the whole vampire thing, because the book was basically a cheaper version of Mean Girls, with a lot of slut-shaming, girl-on-girl hate and most characters just being juvenile and stupid, so I was like:But then I thought, come on Jun, there must be a reason why so many people love this book... You can't give up just yet! because, apparently, I really hate myself. A lot of nonsensical things happened: dead animals started to turn up everywhere, Rose was more annoying than ever, some high school hierarchy bullshit, more girl-on-girl hate, a boring love interest that treated Rose like a misbehaving child (which she was, but I still wanted to slap him for it)... and by then I was about to fall asleep.Enter a rushed and underwhelming ending, and boring characters being more boring than usual. On top of stupidity, internalized sexism and a plot that consisted solely on young girls hating on each other, and on boys calling them names and being generally awful, add some horrible writing and a fucking weird pacing that made me want to DNF the book at least every two pages. The hype is A LIAR. I will not be continuing this series.

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-05-21 11:18

    Vampire Academy is a series I am very familar with. This was a re-read for me considering I have basically been reading these books every year since I was 13 (meaning six years). Coming back to this series is like a warm hug as every character is familar, the plot is familar, the tone is familar. I was glad this re-read was successful as a lot of re-reads I have done this year have left me disappointed. Vampire Academy is a well-known series, whether becasue the covers are ugly or because of the kickass characters or the movie flop I don't know. This series, however, displays some kickass female characters and some kickass female friendships (which, how often do you really see in YA?) I won't even try to summarise the story because I'll probably accidentally throw spoilers in, I just recommend picking up this series. Ignore the ugly covers. Pick it up.As a warning this review will be short for two reasons. 1 - it's hard to express my feelings in words about this series so I will probably just use gifs. 2 - I am being barked at in the face right now as I type this out. Also, I am using gifs from the Vampire Academy movie, but that does not mean I really enjoyed said movie. CharactersRoseOh Rose, our kickass female main character. I could go on forever about Rose. About how absolutely empowering it is to have a female character who can and will kickass. I mean she's not perfect, she slut shames constantly and is a hypocrite in some aspects. But, she's a smart ass who will give a lashing to anyone who gives her crap and her main goal is to protect her best friend, Lissa. Rose is a Dhampir, which is basically someone who is half Moroi (vampire) and half human. She is one of the few females training to become someone who protects the Moroi, the rest labeled "blood whores" - most commonly so by Rose. I really enjoyed watching Rose train throughout the book and get her strength back, watching the devlopment she has from reckless teenager to dedicated warrior. DimitriDimitri is another Dhampir, someone who is an official Guardian (meaning he protects the Moroi as a career). I'll be the first to admit I'm not a Dimitri fan. I don't like him. At all. I find him creepy, unprofessional and slightly unnerving. He is painted to be a God. To be the best Guardian there is, basically. However, I found his stoic response a lot of the time an asshole move that had me rolling my eyes a lot of the book (and every time I read it). I also get slightly unnerved over his feelings for Rose, it is the student-teacher relationship that has me cringing at the pure idea their relationship. Now, thats not to say I don't ship Rose and Dimitri. I do, I love their progression through the novels and as I re-read this series I think that will become obvious throughout my reviews. It is, however, just the introduction of Dimitri that rubs me the wrong way every time I re-read this series. ChristianChristian is a Moroi who has the affinity over fire, and is one of my favourite characters in this series. He rivals Rose in every way and the pair of them are absolutely hilarious when they are interacting. I always get a good laugh from the banter exchanged from the pair of them throughout Vampire Academy. I can't say too much more about his character, however, without spoiling what happens in this particular book. I mean, I may be able to, but I don't really want to. LissaLissa is another Moroi, and Rose's absolute best friend. The pair of them have been through thick and thin, which includes being in the car crash which murdered Lissa's entire family. Due to this experience, or so it's hinted at, the pair of them have a bond. Now, I don't mean they've connected through the loss of people close to them. No. I mean, Rose can literally feel what Lissa is feeling. It is a big strange, yes, but the more we see it through Rose's perspective the more interesting it really gets. Lissa is an incredibly complex character, she has never developed a particular skill over one of the elements like Moroi are supposed to. She struggles with who she is and she has a stronger compulsion over people than others of her kind. Her progression, downfall, and rise throughout the book are incredible to watch and it only gets more intense the further along you get in the books. World-BuildingThe world-building in the book is incredibly easy to follow. It is set in modern society with a few twists to place the paranormal creatures. Rose also explains what each word means, which doesn't leave you confused and struggling to grasp what a "Moroi" is. PlotThe plot?WritingMead draws you in with her easy writing style, it's easy to fall in love with and easy to follow the story as it progresses. It's creative, of course, but it isn't complicated in the way you have to fully stop reading to understand the joke that is being made to you. She is also amazing at foreshadowing. OverallOverall, if I can continue to love this book after six years of re-reads I think I am highly advised to tell you to pick it up.

  • Taneika
    2019-05-10 07:57

    I finally decided to bite the bullet and pick this series up. I'll be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did! So easy to read and Rose was a spunky, outspoken heroine and I love that Richelle Mead wasn't afraid to make Rose so sexually confident and confident in herself too. It was SO REFRESHING Full review to come (maybe.)

  • mark monday
    2019-05-23 10:58

    Dear Vampire Diary,wait, why did I write that? "vampire" diary? maybe cause everything in my life is vampire, vampire, vampire! best friend vampire. training to protect vampires. actually protecting vampires. I'm half-vampire. I go to a Vampire Academy for chrissakes. vampires, vampires, everywhere. and now apparently I have a vampire diary too. hello, unconscious. argh! ok enough of this bs, I'm getting annoyed and need to work it out by working out. maybe this diary thing isn't going to work out. I wish I could talk to Dimitri instead.Rose❁Dear Vampire Diary,ok, let's try this again. just came back from a great workout with Dimitri and I need someplace to vent. hello, diary. I'm not really a diary sort of girl, whatever that even means. that's probably more of a vampire type thing, thinking about life, deep thoughts, writing it down, all that. deep. deep and not exciting. but I need someplace to put all these dimitris thoughts. whoah! ok, I guess I need someplace to put all my thoughts about Dimitri. those eyes! that voice! the body! shoulder length hair! now I know that shoulder length hair on guys is a total romantic cliché but whatever. I love that shoulder length hair. oh, Dimitri! Dimitri. ok, enough about Dimitri. I should talk about more important things like my training and my best friend Lissa and all the plots swirling around her and stupid school cliques and my hectic schedule and what I learned in dimitri today. what I learned in class today! it was something about - uh - hmmm - I don't know. honestly I was thinking about Dimitri the whole time. ok I think I need to take care of some business here because I'm feeling sorta frustrated and I can't get Dimitri out of my dimitri.Rose❁Dear Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead,there, that feels better. who needs a stupid diary when I can just write to the story of my so-called life. it's not like anyone's going to read this, they can just read the book. so anyway... I want to thank you, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. you really got it right. sure you put a lot in about Dimitri and his hair but all that stuff really wasn't the point and you know that. first of all, I want to say how much I just plain LIKED the story you made of my life. it was fun to read! and exciting. you kept some of the boring parts, sure, whose life is all excitement, but mainly it was fun from beginning to end. ok, that's all I want to say about the fun. you made it fun, thank you, but fun is not everything. what really counts for me is that you did not gloss over the things that were uncomfortable and deep and sometimes even ugly. you got the addictive part right, the blood sucking, how it is like a drug or like sex and how much I want to do that drug-sex thing (or actually how much I want Lissa to do it to me). and getting bitten feels so good, so incredible, damn how it makes me feel! but I can't admit it. I don't want to admit it to myself and I especially don't want to admit how much I like it to other people, they'll think I'm some junkie or some slut or whatever, and if I think too hard about it, I'll probably think the same thing about myself. so yeah, you got that right, Vampire Academy. the self-loathing that comes with feeling good about doing something bad. but is it so bad? I like how you left that left Lissa's cutting in. I love you for that. you made sense of the cutting and why she did it. you didn't dismiss it, didn't shy away from it, and you didn't make it pathetic. you made your readers understand cutting in an honest and real's another thing you got right: my pettiness and my hypocrisy. I used the same disgusting tactics of gossip and shaming - both slut-shaming and shaming around status & class - on the people who used it on me. you didn't leave that out. you didn't excuse it. you showed how I was sometimes just as bad as the villains in the book. you didn't justify how low Lissa and I went in trying to defend ourselves, how we became just as terrible as the people who were tormenting us. that was hard for me to read. and it was important for me to read too.but the most important thing you got right was the central relationship. you are not about me and my thing for Dimitri. you are about friendship between women. you are about two best friends, me and Lissa, everything else is secondary. that's the point of your whole story. sisterhood! that feels corny to write but whatever. it's true. your story is moving because it is about how girls can bond and protect each other and hurt together and move forward together. how they can understand each other. thank you for getting all of that in case you're wondering, I gave you 3 stars instead of 4 and that's because the writing was kinda bland and the second half got a little bogged down in DimitriDimitriDimitri. but so what! nobody's perfect (except Dimitri). I will still read your sequels.Rose❁Dear mark monday,Stop pretending to be Rose.Richelle Mead

  • Rachel E. Carter
    2019-05-24 06:09

    Why did I avoid this book like the plague? Well, I have a confession: I hate (most) vampire books and I only picked this up because I had the paperback lying around and I was sick of it's unread status mocking me........ but this was a kicka$$ exception. Rose was a perfect heroine and I liked how unapologetic she was and her friendship with Lissa. I'll admit I was rooting more for Lissa and that hot broody jerk (what was his name? I just forgot) than Dimitri-Rose, but I still loved both. Can't wait to read rest of series since I heard it gets better with each book.... that said, not sure when I'll have time. The only reason I picked up this book was because I'm trying to read all my unread paperbacks at home, so I've got some others to get through first...

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-05-13 10:10

    4 Little run aways stars ******************Spoilers*********************I don't know what it is about teenage vampire love stories, but I eat them up like chocolate! I devour every angsty teen vampire book series I get my hands on. Vampire diaries, Bloodlines, Vampire Academy, Crave, and of course the one that started it all for me, Twilight!!!!!! Yes I am that mom, the Twimom! And I have no shame!After reading Twilight for like the 9th time and not getting my fill of vampires, (this was years ago before I found Goodreads) I went to the library to find a new vampire book and came across Vampire Academy. Smart ass, kick ass heroine, Russian warrior god like hero Yes please!!! I loved this read. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because as with many first books in a series this book was a little slow at the first half. With the details setting up the paranormal world and character development it slowed the book down a bit, but still a really enjoyable read. This series focuses on four people and their relationships with each other, and the world of Moroi, Dhampire, and Strigoi. So I will speak a little about each main character then touch on the plot of this book.1. Rose (Rosemarie ) Hathaway: Rose is the main Heroine in this series. She is a 17 year old Dhampir (Half human/ Half Vampire) at St.Vladimir Academy where she is training to be a guardian ( guardians are Dhampirs trained to protect Moroi the good vampires against the Strigoiki the bad vampires). Rose's best friend is Lissa and her love interest is Dimitri. Rose has some abandonment issues because she never met her dad and her mom dumped her off at the school to be raised so she could go off and be a guardian. Rose is a smart mouth, that is loyal, brave and she has a short fuse. 2. Dimitri Belikov: Dimitri is the main hero in this series. He is a 24 year old Dhampir guardian. He is called a god because he is one of the best guardians and has amazing fighting skills. He is Lissa's guardian and a teacher at St. Vladimir academy. He is the love interest of Rose and he is her guardian trainer. Dimitri is stoic and stand offish. He is totally dedicated to his job. Dimitri is very protective and loyal. 3. Lissa(Vasilisa) Dragomir: Lissa is a Moroi Princess. She is best friends with Rose and her love interest is Christian. Lissa's whole family is dead killed in a car wreck. Rose also died in that wreck but Lissa having spirit magic brought her back to life. Now Rose is shadow kissed and has a bond with Lissa. The bond is one way Rose can feel what Lissa is feeling and sometimes she can see through Lissa's eyes. Lissa feels a lot of guilt that she isn't living up to her family name as she is the last Dragomir. Because of Lissa's spirit magic she gets depressed and has dark painful emotions and cuts herself to feel better. Lissa is sweet, loyal and doesn't treat people badly just because she is a royal. Lissa can't stand for anyone or animal to suffer and wants to help and heal any time she can. 4. Christian Ozera: Christian is a Moroi royal. He has fire magic. His parents made a choice to turn Strigoi willingly so they could live forever. They were hunted down in front of him when he was a child and killed. He lived with his aunt around humans for a time. He is anti-social, and everyone acts like he doesn't exist. He is very brave and open minded. He wants to fight with the Dhampirs instead of being protected and helpless. He is very smart, observant, but is insecure and can be jealous . The Plot:The book starts with Rose and Lissa being caught and brought back to St. Vladimir's Academy by Dimitri after being on the run for the last two years in the human world. As the girls settle back into school life and try to get caught up with their classes and friends some crazy things start happening. Someone keeps killing animals and putting them in Lissa's room. In the spoiler tag is a run down of the rest of the book with heavy spoilers so don't read if you don't want to know (view spoiler)[ It's Victor Dashkov with the help of his daughter Natalie. He was testing Lissa to see if she could heal death. Victor is sick and dying and ends up kidnapping Lissa to force her to heal him. He tells her that because he has a chronic disease that would just keep coming back he plans to hold her prisoner and force her to heal him over and over. Lissa is saved by Dimitri, Rose and Christian. Victor is taken to prison where he has his daughter Natalie turn Strigoi and break him out of prison. Natalie is killed by Dimitri after almost killing Rose. Victor is recaptured. Dimitri tells Rose that he has feelings for her but they can never be because for one he is older and her teacher and for two if he let himself love her he would protect her and not the princess. (hide spoiler)]I loved the chemistry between Dimitri and Rose. 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  • alyssa ♛
    2019-05-20 09:02

    DNF @ 100 PagesBuddy Read with Melanie | | Belle | | Bethan | | Emmy | | AlyssaI tried. I really did. But it's so boring and my eyeballs are literally falling out of my sockets. ~~~~~~~~~~I've watched the movie a long time ago and thought it was shitty so I think it's about time I pick the book and see for myself if it's better than the movie!

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    2019-05-04 07:25

    Buddy-read set for mid December with my fellow castle dreamers,the delightful Jess&the wondrous Kat (Her review is made of WIN!)!! Vampires! Vampires! Vampires! UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME!2.5 StarsSo, as you might have guessed by that star rating Vampire Academy was a miss for me. Not entirely a miss but a miss nonetheless. My Grievances:Girl-on-Girl Hate: I hate this shit so much... and it’s everywhere in this novel!! Every time I turned a page I was slapped in the face with it! Mia hates Lissa, Rose hates Mia, Rose hates Natalie, Rose hates all the Royal Girls... you get what I’m saying here?! I don’t mind revenge, in fact, I love that shit!, but this was just senseless hate…. ALL OVER THE DAMN PLACE!! And guess what… the worst culprit in my girl-on-girl hate onslaught was over a boy. OF COURSE IT WAS!! Because, apparently, girls CANNOT ever be angry about anything not related to a boy…. NOPE! We are merely flesh machines designed to pump out babies and cater to a man’s every whim, aren’t we?!Slut Shaming: I won’t go into any spoiltastic details but I will say that our MC is promiscuous AND extremely flirty. I would be completely fine with this IF it didn’t create a HUGE plot element of slut-shaming craziness! THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ENJOYING YOUR SEXUALITY!!! Side note: I though Rose was gay for about half of this book AND I am still not entirely convinced she isn't. (Which I have no issue with BUT I think Mead wrote her and Lissa's friendship bizarrely if she didn't intend this avenue.)Inappropriate Love Interest: I don’t think I need to elaborate on how bad of a decision it is to have a love interest that is SEVEN years older than our 17-year-old MC, do I?! And although, ultimately, this was handled as well as I can imagine I just don’t like it. YUCK! I have known scores of high schoolers with crushes on their teachers…. BUT I can’t help but feel that (view spoiler)[ a 24 year old who has a crush on a 17 year old is pretty emotionally unhinged!! It made me question one of the only characters I enjoyed in this story.(hide spoiler)]TSTL Main Characters: There was really no plot, for me, in this book. I guessed EVERYTHING very early on. And while I will give allowances for teenager’s self-involvement I felt cheated by characters that couldn’t see beyond their own asses!There are a few others, as well, but I think these four encapsulate my feelings pretty well. My Happy Places:The Social Hierarchy: Initially I didn’t like the way the Royals, dhampires, Moroi and Strigoi played out BUT I have to admit that once I got my head around "dead vampires" and "living vampires" I found it a bold and interesting premise. And while the Royalty annoyed me it did have a fundamental purpose, overall. The Guardians: I LOVE the idea of Vampires having protectors! I loved the hard work and dedication that went into it. I enjoyed Dimitri’s loyalty to the cause despite a truly moving revelation given about his mother and his upbringing. This moment endeared me to him quite a bit! I forgot to mention ABOVE how much I despise the terms "feeders" and "blood-whores"... YUCK!Christian: I adored Christian. His moral ambiguity, his lonerness…. I may read book two for Christian alone. I loved that he was the one character intelligent enough to put everything I guessed together….. but that he was so overlooked that no one would ask him. Thus they fluttered around like idiots while Christian was over in the enlightened square going all "Guys?! Ummmm guys?!?!"Those crystal-blue eyes went unfocused. "It was like seeing an army of Death invade my house"In closing, my final words are:["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Anne
    2019-05-19 09:13

    2.5 starsEhhhhhhhIt took quite a few chapters for me to get into this one, and even then it was pretty easy to put down.I'm not saying it was awful, but I really didn't feel much of anything for the characters. And for the first half of the book I kinda thought Rose was a lesbian.Not that there's anything wrong with that.It was just doubly confusing for me when she got the crush on her mentor...or whatever he is.But since everyone seems to think these books are The Greatest, I'm going to give the next book in the series a shot.PS - I read the rest of the books, and never really...Yeah, this series just wasn't for me.

  • Ronyell
    2019-05-07 11:22

    6 stars!When my friends told me about Richelle Mead’s popular “Vampire Academy” series, I just had to check this series out! Wow and double wow, this book was a brilliant introduction to the “Vampire Academy” series and after I had read this book, I really wanted to read more about these awesome characters! Full of drama, mystery, action and hot romance, “Vampire Academy” is definitely one novel that will take the paranormal world by storm!For two years, Rose Hathaway and Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir, escaped from St. Vladimir’s Academy to go into hiding, but they were soon discovered by the school’s guardians and were brought back to the academy. Little does anyone know Rose took her best friend Lissa out of the academy because there was a great danger being posed against Lissa and only Rose can protect her from the forces of evil.Now, should I give this book a six star rating? Yes, definitely yes! This novel is clearly the one that defines what a true paranormal romance is all about and I am so glad that all my friends had recommended me this book! Richelle Mead’s writing is extremely and unbelievably amazing as it is full of action and adventure and I loved the sort of mature “Harry Potter” spin on this story as both stories involve the main characters going to a magical school. I also loved the way that the plot never once slows down and the story keeps getting more exciting as the story went on and that was what I loved about the writing. The way that Richelle Mead made this story being told from Rose’s point of view on the events that unfold at the academy was truly remarkable and hilarious at the same time as we know how Rose really feels about the situations around her and I loved hearing her inner thoughts on various people at school as some of them are really hilarious, such as thinking of many ways to beat up the school bully Mia. I really loved the world that Rose and her friends live in as they all go to a school for vampires or more specifically, a school for Dhampir and Moroi students and that really brings out the creativity in this novel. Now, my favorite part of the book were the characters as they were all interesting, but the two characters in this book that were my favorites were Rose Hathaway and Russian guardian, Dimitri Belikov. Rose Hathaway was such an awesome heroine because she is extremely brave and independent and even though I sometimes found her hot temper to be a little annoying at times, it is because she tries to protect her best friend Lissa from danger. That is another aspect that I loved about Rose because she is always willing to put her life on the line to keep her friend Lissa safe and that just proves what a true friend Rose is. I also loved how Rose always provides humor for the story as she is always making wisecracks about the situations around her and I especially loved her inner thoughts on taking care of the school bullies, which unfortunately involves her beating them up. Now onto the hero and that is Dimitri Belikov! Dimitri was one hero that is so hot and awesome at the same time and I loved the scenes of him fighting off anyone who tries to harm Rose! I also loved the mysterious and dark attitude that he seems to give off towards everyone around him, but he also has a heart of gold and I loved the moments where he smiles at Rose and shows genuine concern for her safety. It just makes me feel so tingly inside every time he shows kindness towards Rose!As for Dimitri and Rose’s relationship, it is kind of unknown to me at this point about where they stand, but there are still some pretty heartwarming and sexy moments between these two that I will definitely keep an eye out for!Surprisingly, there is a strong amount of language and violence in this book and anyone who does not like reading strong language might want to skip over them. Also, the violence in this book is pretty graphic as there is gore aplenty in this book, so that might be something that anyone who is not a big fan of graphic violence might want to check over.Overall, “Vampire Academy” is definitely one paranormal book that every paranormal romance fan will read over and over again! Did this novel help me get more into the series? You bet it did and now I’m going to read the second book in the series, “Frostbite.”Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • valee
    2019-05-19 09:05

    I loved this book! I'm not into YA books, but I loved this one. Maybe it was because even though it was a YA book, I didn't remember it was about a girl of 17 until she said she was that age. The heroine in this book doesn't behave like a teen, and Dimitri for sure isn't. I can't wait to read more about them.If you read this book knowing that it is YA, you'll love it. I read other paranormal YA books, and didn't like them this much. It is better than the house of night series and the vampire diaries. If you liked those, you'll love this series.

  • Renée
    2019-05-10 13:16

    I was first introduced to this series when a young woman saw me hopelessly scouring the Barnes & Noble Teen section, desperate to satisfy my vampire fix, and recommended the series to me. (I went through a post-Twilight period where I basically bought random YA vampire books hoping they would scratch my new-found paranormal itch... I look back on this time with mild embarrassment.) I was sceptical because the title seemed a little "obvious" to me, and frankly the cover art didn't appeal to me at all. Finally, after I had exhausted various other mediocre options I bought it on a whim and found my now favourite YA paranormal series.

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    2019-05-05 12:10

    I've made it my mission to finish this series once and for all, but three years can do a lot to one's goldfish-like memory- and so a re-read is in order!~Review: Over the past few months, I'd only ever heard good things about Vampire Academy and me putting it off for this long was only due to my bloody skills at procrastination.Richelle Mead, you've just bitch-slapped and walked over every other young adult vampire book out there in all your whip-smart, butt-kicking glory for me with this one! And if you haven't for anyone else who's read this too- well, then they've got another thing coming.It's been so very long since I've read a well-written paranormal novel with a remarkable set of characters and a fierce female protagonist. Rose Hathaway sure as hell isn't one to take shit from nobody and she's easy enough to like right from the start. The story takes off with Rose, who's the guardian of her best friend Lissa, a Moroi (they're the good, mortal vampires). Richelle beautifully portrays the strong loyalty and protectiveness the two feel for each other and she keeps up with it till the very end. The aspect of them being Blood Sisters and the deep bond they share has definitely got to be one of the best parts of the story. Had me remembering the reasons I dearly loved Supernatural so much too with the Winchesters.Before I'd given Vampire Academy a shot, I was worried about falling into a pit of hopeless, cringe-worthy romance with no meaning and soul, topped with the incessantly overdone vampire plotline; and Merlin knows I don't want in on that.While reading Vampire Academy, I'd initially held a slight annoyance towards Lissa's character; seeing as I'm still recovering from post-season 3-Game of Thrones trauma, I couldn't help but compare her and Rose to Sansa and Arya respectively. Where Rose is this mother of all that is badass on one side, it makes Lissa seem weak and frail and too freaking dependent for my taste next to her.After completing Vampire Academy, I hold a hell of a lot respect for both the author and Liss, because though she may not have 'kick-ass queen of sass' as her middle name, she's brave and headstrong in a wholly different way and as you progress with the story, you begin to admire her for it.Not to mention, the secret fangirlier side of me couldn't help but internally squeal in anticipation every time she interacted with Christian. The moment Mr. Ozera stepped into the premise, I was inevitably swept off my feet. Funny, because I was expecting that to happen for me with our male lead, Dimitri Belikov here.Yes folks, we're finally talking about him. But I'm terrified of the obsessive fans lurking about, waiting to slit my throat after what I say. Because I never did get attached to him.Not really.This is going a bit off track, but just last month there was this face-off poll I came across between Will Herondale (ahem, my one but most certainly not only love) and Dimitri Belikov. And the latter had taken the prize with nearly thirty thousand votes or so- and not only did he have Will beat, but every other swoon worthy male character within the realms of YA fiction!So of course, I was curious to find what awesomeness lay in store for me. But as much as it sucks to say this, I was left a wee bit disappointed. And I don't even know why; maybe it's because the hair constantly bothered me (okay no, I'm just kidding) or how old he was, or the fact that he doesn't really have all that many scenes in the book when you think about it. I wish I could've understood his personality more in depth but in a pleasantly realistic fashion, Rose doesn't manage to quite reach that point of intimacy with her combat mentor over the span of a mere two months, besides a feeling of almost-deep attraction. And I'm glad it's that way, because it meant the storyline didn't revolve around their frustrating romance (ah yes, because there just always have to be so many complications and UST for us sheets-clawing-head-banging readers to deal with it- yet enjoy all the same).Near the end, I'll admit I was worried Dimitri would go down the 'im-going-to-turn-into-the-ultimate-prick-and-pretend-i-hate-you-for-the-greater-good' road but THANK MERCIFUL HEAVENS that never happens. Despite my initial indifference to Rose's budding feelings for him (because come on now, isn't that the best part when it comes to romance? Falling head over heels right along with the girl as you go ride your merry way to happy-endings la la land. At least, I hope it's going to be a happy ending. Oh shite, I'm scared now.) I did grow accustomed to their growing relationship and better yet, I've got FIVE MORE BOOKS to devour and see where this goes. True, much of the first half and some parts later on seemed to focus a lot on the usual high school drama side of it (with it's own fantasy twist), but this Mean Girls-esque subplot still had me interested the whole time. And to make up for it, the second half picks up even more of a quick pace and dives right into the fun action bits.After this thoroughly enjoyable journey, one thing's for certain: Mead isn't one to leave you uninterested or bored and- I'm excited. Quite a lot. And I can't wait any longer so *runs along to the land of Frostbite*________________________Book Song: A Little Death by The Neighbourhood.________________________

  • Kimi
    2019-04-27 05:21

    The love I have for a certain character with a russian accent unables me to give an objective review for this book. All I can say is that I know someone who just made it into my book boyfriends list. This book was so much fun to reread. I had forgotten quite a bit! I can’t wait to jump right into the second one. I feel like this is one of those series that gets better with each book. Can we talk about movie Dimitri? What the bloody hell is this ? This guy looks like a 40 year old creep to me. Dimitri is supposed to be 25 and hot! I was picturing him more like this … Agh I have no plans of watching the movie. Ever. I had a few problems with the book but it was just so much fun to read that nothing really bothered me that much. I have completely forgotten everything that happened in the second book. Let’s find out. Share your thoughts :)