ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
It’s been a long long time since I last read this book but I still know its content by heart. Back when I was a non-reader and fell in love with Fallen which launched me into all of this, I innocently wondered into the local bookshop and found this particular book. The synopsis on the back didn’t do much to draw my attention but -because I had seen the book lying around in bookshops so many times before- I took it with me nonetheless.
And I’m glad I did.
Vampire Academy is the first book in a six-part series which tells us the story of Rose Hathaway and Vasilisa Dragomir who are two best friends in a world full of vampires and mortals.
Due to a thread at school, Rose made sure that Lissa and herself got out before Lissa’s life was in serious danger. At the beginning of this book they’ve been on the run for 2 years, hiding from Academy Guardians and Strigoi alike. Now… that last part needs some explanation if you’re going to be able to understand this review (and possibly the book but it all gets explained in there as well, so don’t worry).
In the world of Vampire Academy there are three kinds of vampires. The lowest ranking vampires are called ‘Damphirs’ who are more like mortals than any other kind of vampire. They are a half-breed, getting a mortal life but with all the strength from a vampire.
Above them stand the ‘Moroi’ who are also not immortal but they do need to feed on blood from time to time. These Moroi won’t burn in the sun but it does bother them so they tend to live at night and sleep during the day. Also, they get to have these badass abilities connected to the elements.
The last kind of vampire is the ‘Strigoi’. This is the deadly, burns-in-the-sun, will-kill-you-if-given-the-chance kind of vampire. They have bloodred eyes and won’t be able to survive without a daily dose of blood.
After being on the run for a couple of years, Rose and Lissa eventually get caught and are transported back into the realm that is St. Vladimir’s Academy for vampires. This is where the couple meets Dimitri, a kickass damphir guardian who moves like a God and is regarded as one. He’s a threat to everything Rose holds dear but instead of him turning out to be a problem, he becomes the solution. He saves her from expulsion by offering to help her train and get back on the same level as her classmates.
Dimitri soon becomes Rose’s beacon. She trusts him and she finds herself actually looking forward to the trainings. Especially when everything at school takes a turn for the worst and Rose becomes the scapegoat of the entire academy.
Problems just keep adding up…
Rose is falling for Dimitri who is her instructor and seven years older than her, making it extra forbidden. Lissa is struggling so badly with her elemental abilities that she’s falling into depressia. And all that while the old threat that got them to run before, is rising up again. Someone is out to get Lissa.
This was one of the funniest books that I know of. And I don’t mean that in a it’s-such-a-funny-story kind of way but more in the sarcasm way. Richelle Mead’s sarcastic remarks in the person of Rose are always spot on and they transform an otherwise dense text into an airy and breezy story that’s easy to read and easy to enjoy.
Apart from that, her characters are well established and interesting to read about.
Okay… opinions about Dimitri as a character are strongly divided but I love him to death. He’s one of my puppies that I’ll never set loose. The pure chemistry that he and Rose have…. HOLY HELL ❤
What I liked most about this book is that it’s about Rose and Lissa more than it’s about Rose. Rose, wanting to become a guardian -Lissa’s Guardian to be exact-, is dead-set on protecting her best friend from harm. Even though that means she might get hurt. Or killed…. I loved reading about her character development. You can really see the transformation of a reckless teen into a young woman who knows how to carry responsibilities.
I just loved it ❤
I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It’s one of my absolute favorites and I will recommend it to everyone. It’s nothing like a typical Vampire story where a human girl falls in love with a vampire and wants to become one. This girl already is one and she’s more badass than a thousands Bella’s.
and way sassier