BOOK REVIEW: Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead. (Probably the ONLY original story when this vamp phenomenon had popped up!) *SPOILER FREE*

*DISCLAIMER! I’M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE BOOK, NOT THE MOVIE. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T LIKE EITHER, YOU’RE FREE TO GO. IF YOU WANNA FIND OUT ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL DHAMPIR USSR USED TO HAVE, YOU’RE WELCOME TO STAY!*

Hello wonderful people and welcome back to another bloody… Whoops! Sorry! 😋 Welcome back to another Thriving Thursday, awesome nerds!

For some of you this vampire trope has gotten old, but to me and to those who are in their mid-twenties or early-thirties, those were the books that kept as awake when we were in High School!

And I believe this whole fuss with vamps started back in 2006, when The Twilight Saga was first introduced to the global market. Of course, before that we had Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries, by L. J. Smith, where vampires didn’t sparkle and could actually get burned by the sun!

Yet, all of them were revolving around the same tropes; the vampires are bad, the dumb human falls in love with one, at first she’s terrified of the undead, gorgeous, man before her but, oh, what a surprise! This particular vamp ends up to be the exception that proves the rule. Yada, yada, yada… 😤

Each and every one of them was so predictable! Except perhaps one… The Vampire Academy series!

 Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead, was one of my favourite series, so I thought rereading the books this fall, after almost seven years, would be a good idea. And it was! Sort of…

Vampire-academy-h Shall we start with the synopsis, then? Lovely!

“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…” Ok… First things first!

Vampire Academy is a difficult book to review, not because some people love it and some others hate it, but because the majority likes it, yet not too much!

On the one hand you have a different vampire community, with good vampires (the Moroi), bad, undead vampires (the Strigoi) and half-breeds (the Dhampir), and that is super awesome since AT LAST there is some originality in the paranormal genre, too. There’s also a school for the vampire elite and their guardians-to-be and that is also cool and unique, since they don’t try to blend in the human world. They have their own f*** world, full with magical powers, bitches! 😈

So, the world-building is unique and the plot is quite original, yet, on the other hand the writing, the vocabulary, even the images I envisioned, were kinda awkward sometimes. And, yes, I know that the book is written in first-person narration and that Rose is a 17-year-old but, there are other words aside from “hot” and “god” and “comrade”. Not to mention the cursing. I do it, too (a lot), but not that much while writing. I hope… 🤞🏻

And now that I’ve mentioned cursing, let’s talk about characters!

Rose Hathaway is the ULTIMATE sassy character! Long before Celaena! Eons before Nesta! Not to mention that her humour is even better than Magnus Bane’s! Sorry (not sorry), folks! She’s my spirit animal and she’s probably the reason why I finally stood up for myself and slammed the door to that dysfunctional relationship I was telling you about the other day!

Rose is an honourable person, someone who knows what she has to do in her life, someone who has priorities. Of course, those of you who have read the book will say “Yeah, but she’s also impulsive, she acts as a know-it-all sometimes, she’s arrogant and she thinks she’s the prettiest girl who’s ever walked upon the earth”. And you’ll be right. But name one 17-year-old sassy character who doesn’t act like that! And between you and me, Rose tops them all!

fdacfa809ac7560b89e0bcee7aa3472f But it’s not only Rose or even Dimitri, to whom I’ll return in a little while… It’s every single one of the characters of this novel. They’re all unique, from the protagonists to the recurring characters.

Lissa is logical, seemingly weak, yet strong-willed, smart and brave. Christian seems like the bad guy, the dark, moody character, but he’s simply someone who is judged by his parents’ decisions. Now, please! You must know at least one person who is characterised based on what their family does, has done and will (probably) do in the future!

Mason is the EPITOME of the friend-zoned character, yet he knows when to act and save the day. Mia on the other hand is the ULTIMATE bimbo, the insecure girl, who bullies everyone to hide her weakness. But Natalie is also insecure, yet she doesn’t act like a b*&%! 👿

Even the adult characters are well-written, they evolve throughout the whole story and they’re different from each other.

My point is that there’s a lot of diversity in this novel and, to be honest, it’s quite refreshing!

I mean, come on! We’ve got a Russian stud, with this exotic accent… OMG! Even the thought is sending goosebumps all over my body. And yes, I’m biased! Because I never thought I’d find someone who would be like Dimitri in real life; yet almost 4 years ago, I kinda did. Except the Russian part and the fact that he doesn’t kill Strigoi to pay the bills, my boyfriend is EXACTLY like him! He’s even patient enough to teach me martial arts! Plus, he doesn’t get upset when I’m being a smarta**! So, yeah…

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*THAT WILL BE MY MOTO TILL THE END OF 2017*

Moving on to the unfolding of the plot, the first four to five chapters are a bit slow paced because of the world-building and so on, but after that, the story goes to a whole other level!

There are many major plot twists, up till the very end of the book (and even after that, duh!), beautiful descriptions and of course witty dialogues which make the characters feel even more real and help with the progression of the storyline.

Why I said that I sort of liked rereading it, then? Because I have watched the movie, which by the way was the biggest failure of movie adaptations EVER! I couldn’t help but picture some characters and some scenes the way they were presented in the movie and, frankly, I didn’t like it! Which is why Vampire Academy lost some of its original spark for me!

Thankfully, none of the other five books became movies, so at least I can image Adrian Ivashkov the way I want! Hell yeah!

Overall, the first instalment of the Vampire Academy series is a quite pleasant read, with original plot line, unique characters and a cliffhanging end that will make you crave for more! Much more…

So…

keep-calm-and-read-vampire-academy-12 I hope you guys enjoyed this review, and if you did, please, vote, share and comment! Especially if you’ve read yourselves this particular book!

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Till next time… Toodles!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the Vampire Acadamy book 😂 when I was around 15/16 that and Morganville Vampires were my go to Vampire books 😍😍 xx

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    1. I’ve never heard of the Morganville Vampires up till now. Was it a nice series? I suppose there are SO MANY books into this genre! ☺️ but yeah… the Vampire Academy series was awesome!

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      1. Yeah it had (i think) 15 books, it was about this town that being run by Vampires, it was such a brilliant series it was by Rachel Caine 🙂 x

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      2. Wow! That’s so cool! My TBR list is currently out of control but I’ll make sure to check the series some time 😉

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