Book: Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
Series: VA Series, #1
Release Date: 2007
Rating: 5 stars
When I first decided to read VA, it was just after I'd read Twilight, and was still in that Twi-hard- -obsessed-with-vampires-stage. So the fact that the book was called Vampire Academy intrigued me. The blurb was very confusing. What the hell were Moroi? And Strigoi? And dhampirs? But I thought I'd give it a go, because it had vampires in it. Now I have to say that this series is, and always will be, superior to Twilight in every way.
Vampire Academy, and the entire series, is awesome. No other word to describe it. I mean sure, the first book of a brand new series will be confusing and will be hard to get into, but once you do, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be hooked.
It’s basically about a boarding school, called St. Vladimir’s, where Moroi and dhampirs reside. Moroi – good vampires who only drink small amounts of blood from willing humans for the euphoric high it provides. Dhampirs – half-human, half-vampire creatures that have the best of both species to make great guardians for the good vampires. Strigoi are the bad vampires, the ones that can’t go out in sunlight and drink a person’s blood until there’s none left. This is what dhampirs protect Moroi from.
Rose Hathaway, the protagonist, is a dhampir. Her best friend is Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi. Rose’s dream is to graduate St. Vladimir’s a fully trained guardian and be Lissa’s guardian. However, it’s not that simple. If it was, there wouldn’t be six books. You see, Moroi have the ability to use magic (another trait Strigoi don’t have). They’re the elements: water, earth, fire, and air. But there’s a new element that is so rare it’s been forgotten: spirit, an element that mainly focuses on the mind. Lissa happens to have this element. This, among other things gets in the girls’ way to make Rose’s dream come true. Like really hot forbidden-to-date Russian guardians Rose can’t seem to escape from. (Okay, there’s only one). And creepy, stalker-y old guys that want to use Lissa’s gift for evil. (Again, only one.)
All this, plus the fact that Lissa’s the last of her line of royal Moroi, makes for a very interesting, jaw-dropping series that is very hard to put down.
If you like ass-kicking girls and fantasy, magic and vampires, then you will love this book. I am so glad I picked up this book, even if it was in a sort of what-the-hell gesture. :)