(Vampire Academy #1)
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. . . .
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.
I actually picked up this book because I saw the trailer for the movie, and I have no regrets about it at all. Overall this was just a very enjoyable read; it just grabbed my attention and didn’t let me go until I was finished. The thing that made me love this book was to fact that it looked at vampire social structures differently. There was royalty and guardians and normal vampires and this made the social scene just feel much more realistic and more interesting in general. All the characters in this book were very pronounced and they all played their separate roles in the story.
The fact that there was such a complex structure to the social scene just really made me love this book a whole lot. It made you see vampire society as more than just one group and I think that it gave the whole book more realistic feel. It also allows for much more interesting interpersonal relationships. The whole vampire Academy concept was also very interesting especially because there were different types of studies to take, depending on what race you are.
The characters in his book were a lot of fun to read about because they were so pronounced. All of them had very specific traits which were consistent throughout the book. Rose was a very feisty character which made it very enjoyable to read her story. And Lissa balanced out Rose’s feistiness very nicely. All the secondary characters in this book also had a very realistic personality and they were all part of the bigger picture. They helped move the story along but it didn’t feel forced all, which was great.
Writing wise this story might not have been super special, but it didn’t bother me either, so that’s a good thing. The storyline itself was perhaps slightly predictable but even that didn’t really make me dislike the book. It just took me along for the ride and it just kept me wanting to read more. This book is definitely setting up for bigger and better things in the sequel and I hope it delivers!
In general the story was slightly predictable, but that didn’t really bother me. This was a fun, nice read and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.