Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razor Bill 2007
Genre: YA Vampires
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Vampires; Support Your Local Library
How I Got It: Library Loan
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.
I've been meaning to start this series for awhile. I had heard good things and it didn't disappoint. I don't know why it took me so long to read this book once I started, but I finally got through it.
I love the main character, Rose. She's tough, outspoken, loyal, and intelligent. I loved her comebacks and each time she stood up to some bully at the academy. On the other hand, I wasn't a huge fan of Lissa, at least until the end. Throughout most of the book she is the fragile Moroi princess and I just couldn't get why she was so wonderful. When she grew a backbone I started to come around to her. I think my favorite character in the book was Christian. Very interesting side character that obviously knows more than Rose or Lissa thinks. I can't wait to see what happens between him and Lissa. And Dmitri is obviously some awesome eye candy.
The story is interesting. Not really new or different, but a good solid story. The first book ends on a cliffhanger, but not a "I want to rip my hair out" cliffhanger. I'm okay with the ending, but I can't wait to pick up the next series. I hope it stays strong throughout.