April 14, 2013

Mini Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (4 Stars)

Well, this is a very nice surprise :)

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.



MY OPINION:

Vampire Academy is definitely not what I expected.

When I started reading this, I couldn't understand what the fuss is about, my friend talks about it, my friends from goodreads, keep on talking about this Dimitri guy or Adrian Ivashkov. I am at lost. So I decided to entertain my curiosity and check it out. Just to see what the fuss is about, and I am very satisfied of what I've read.

Vampire Academy is kinda-like, but not-really-like-it at all vampire book. I've grown used to vampire books that... ugh... well, describes them as either, super dangerous hunters of the night or bloodlust/lustful men that are just to die for. I kinda got bored with that kind of concept, so I was really reluctant in reading it. But let me clear out that Vampire Academy is definitely not like any vampire novel there is out there.

Don't get me wrong, those classic description and attributes are still there, but I guess it is much more than just a vampire novel. I happily learned that it isn't a sappy love story of vampires, or is it common lust-ish and blood-hungry story of an ancient super powerful vampire. Surprisingly, its a perfect change for the era of vampire novels. The characters aren't just there, going through the story, they were growing in the story. It talks about hierarchy, politics, true sense of power without overdoing it.

The characters were an okay for me, but something tells me that there's more to this story than them. And I'm kinda waiting for Adrian to come out :D

WHY WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

Do I really need other words? Its simply and honestly wholeheartedly a book worth reading. PLEASE, for more convincing, ask in twitter. I did. I did not regret it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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