Monday, 20 October 2014

"Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead | Review

SOURCE: Bought
TYPE: eBook

TITLE: Vampire Academy
AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
SERIES: Vampire Academy #1
PAGES: 260

AVERAGE GOODREADS RATING: 
4.16/5
MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB:
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.

INITIAL THOUGHTS: 
I saw that this little series had grown in popularity so downloaded it onto mum's Kindle to give it a read!

OPENING: 
To be honest, the opening did not capture me as much as it could have done. It was probably the most disappointing part of the book simply because it all felt so unnatural and staged, it was also a little bit of an obvious route for the writer to go down which was pretty disappointing. That said, the book quickly improved!

CHARACTERS:
The two most crucial characters, Rose and Lissa, are fabulous. Aside from their supernatural qualities, their actions are actually pretty true to life, or as true to life as you can get in a story about vampires. Their bond is magnificent, and the way that they are together perfectly summarises true friendship.
Christian and Dimitri both sound like very attractive characters through the author's description - if only they were real!

SETTING:
Set in a sort of school environment, this book is actually very relatable. The interactions between the girls with others is something often witnessed in reality, and the 'ordinary' problems faced by young people is quite central to the book - bullying, depression and coping with relationships.
The setting creates a nice background to the story because it is so 'normal', but with very different twists and turns along the way.

OVERALL: 

I gave this book 4/5. It's a good read. I was shocked how much I enjoyed it, given that it's definitely not something I'm normally into. A lovely book if you get the opportunity, and a perfect Halloween read!




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