BOOK REVIEW: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy series, Book #1), by Richelle Mead

RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2007
SERIES: Vampire Academy, #1
PUBLISHER: Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin)
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased

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.


It seems I have been sucked into a very money hungry world. That is, the world of the young adult vampire books. They don’t just come in one novel, but numerous novels, meant to drain your pocketbook and enhance your knowledge of fictional worlds!

However, much as I hate to see my money dwindling, I am happy to have found more hits than misses with these books. The Vampire Academy series is definitely shaping out to be a hit.

The best thing about this book – aside from the fact that you won’t want to put it down! – is that it’s different from other vampire novels out there. Much like the Harry Potter series (which has nothing to do with vampires, in case you were wondering), the vampires (or Moroi, as they’re referred to) attend a private school for protection training. Also, like Harry Potter, there’s a group of bad people (kind of like Voldemort and his followers) out to get the Moroi – the Strigoi. The difference is that instead of the Strigoi just going after one individual, it’s the whole vampire (Moroi) race they intend to kill. Unlike Harry Potter, where the wizards are taught to protect themselves, the Moroi have protectors – the Dhampirs. The Dhampirs are trained in combat and learn how to protect the Moroi from the Strigoi. They eventually become Guardians and are usually assigned to protect the more higher-up of the Moroi race.

You could say that this series is a House of Night rip-off, since those vamps go to school, too, and they’re always dealing with the elements (something that each Moroi specializes in – earth, air, fire, or water), but these vampires don’t really learn how to fight. In fact, they deal more with the history of their kind and how to work with their element. They are able to do magic with that element, but it’s forbidden to use in the real world. Unlike the House of Night, these characters don’t use kiddie language (I’m so sick of some of Zoe’s swear words) – they seem so much more adult and grown up. Yes, there is sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

OK, maybe no rock and roll, but you get the gist.

After reading the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to keep reading more. It took a little getting used to, what with the new terminology and the fact that one of the main characters, Rose, seems to have liked feeding her best friend, Lissa, just a little too much, but it was all totally worth it in the end. I left this book desperately needing Rose and Dimitri (her hot mentor) to hook up and the seriousness of why they couldn’t hook up (i.e. they’d both be Guardians and would rather protect each other, instead of the Moroi they’re supposed to protect) made it all so real.

There’s nothing baby-ish about this book – start reading the series and find out for yourself!


My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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