Review for Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead

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

Finally decided to start reading this series… but I gotta say, since I just started reading Jennifer L Armentrouts Covenant series, I can definitely see the similarities. I know this one came first, so it kinda sucks how much they are similar, its gonna kinda be hard to not compare the two… but whatever.

Anyways, the book is about two girls that are bonded not only in friendship, but by magic. Lissa is a Princess Moira (basically a live vampire) who is different than the others. Rose is her best friend, a dhympir (half moiri and half human) and training to be a Guardian (the dhympirs that protect the Moari)

They each have secrets but stick together through thick and thin. Theres a guy, of course, who is Rose’s mentor, who has agreed to help train her so she can be up to par with the other student, after their two year escape to the normal world.

He isn’t as dreamy as Aiden (sorry for the comparison) but still ok I guess. The romance was kinda lacking in the book. But where it lacked in romance, it won out in plot. The story was great. So in depth. The whole world was created and so believable!

Overall, I liked this book, and am about to start the second, but it was hard to read without comparing it to the Covenant series. I know that’s unfair… but its how it is. This one was better in ways (plot) but lacking in other ways (romance)

Rating: 4 Stars 

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