Saturday, March 9, 2013
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill 2007
Type: Fantasy/Young Adult
If you're looking for a fantasy/vampire series - this is it!
When I first started reading it I was skeptical because I already read Twilight (many years ago) and I didn't want anything similar. The Vampire Academy series is nothing like Twilight - so don't be afraid to try it.
Richelle Mead gave vampires a another spinoff - I would even say a better one than Twilight. The vampire's description (life style, history, physical description etc.) are far more realistic.
The story starts with the protagonist - Rose, the Dhmapir, who's life reason is to protect Lissa, her best friend. All the terminology is described very well in the books so don't worry ! The two girls have a very weird bond between themselves and Rose can see through Lissa's eyes and feel her emotions. The only trick is that Lissa can't feel Rose the same way. I don't want to give too much away but there is quite a lot of action happening in the whole series. I will tell you this - it does take a while until it starts but it will. (I promise) There is some description in the begining and I felt like there is too much of that and not enough action but it will change. You will run around with the characters in order to discover about the bond between Rose and Lissa, heir meaning in life and their love stories which like any other young adult book are complicated!
In Vampire Academy you can find different love stories, strong friendships and traitors. I really liked the characters - especially Adrian who was very well created ( very funny and straightforward guy)
Dimitri (Rose's mentor) is fine too but not necessarily my style.
The series gives the reader a very good historical background of vampires (Rose travels to Eastern Europe to find out more) I feel like Richelle Mead did her research before writing this book. She even used some Romanian and Russian words which gave the vampire theme a more real feel.
Overall, I give these series a B+. I liked it but I will not say I loved it for the simple reason that it was too long. The whole series has six books and I think the author could have easily written the whole shazam in four, maximum five books. Toward the end I was pretty fed up and I wanted to finish it!