Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 16th, 2007
Age Group: Young Adult
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. . . .After the final book in the Twilight Saga came out, I was thirsty (like many Twilight fans) for more books about Vampires. Scouring the local Barnes and Noble, I found this book and was tentative about buy it. In fact, I didn’t buy it until the third or fourth time of having picked it up. And I’m glad that I finally did.
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 Strigos, the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires make Lissa one of them forever.
The plot line is highly entertaining. It took the typical school setting and twisted it into a new world where these characters live. I love the true chemistry between Rose and Dimitri even though it’s forbidden. The typical bad boy character is somewhat new since Christian isn’t the ‘loner’ because of his own choices, but because of the opinions of his peers about his parents.
The overall story was great. I can’t wait for Blood Promise to come out.
Reviews for the other books coming soon.