Sep 4, 2014

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: August 16, 2007
Pages/Format: 332, Paperback
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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.

Book in One Word: Fun!

I'd been wanting to read Vampire Academy for some time, partly because of the hype, but also because it has one of my favorite things: vampires! And you know, I don't know if I expected this to be good or bad or what. It ended up actually not being that bad, maybe better than I had expected. But it certainly had some issues.

Rose is a...bitchier protagonist, but it worked. I never really hated her character or was too annoyed by her. Lissa was okay, and the whole mind-thing was really weird. In fact, a lot of this was weird. Vampire Academy was catty and fun, but some of that was overshadowed by the oddness throughout the story. It wasn't spectacular, but when I finished it a million months ago I think I considered giving it four stars? So that says something. (But we're not going to talk about the movie because oh my gosh.)

This review is going to be a shorter one, because I didn't write it when I read Vampire Academy earlier this year and forgot a lot of it, and because, all these months later, Vampire Academy didn't leave much of an impression on me. (But still, four stars, I think!) Something about it was really likable, but it lacked substance to make it a quality (horrible wording) novel, if that makes sense. I just...I don't know. (Also, there were a lot of errors in this book, which was oddish.)

In short: I liked Vampire Academy. I did. I just think it had these elements I wasn't expecting, and that kind of threw me off. It has the makings of a fun novel and the hint of a light, enjoyable series. And I do want to finish this series at some point, if only so I can see what all the fuss is about and to get to the Bloodlines books. But at the same time, I'm kind of surprised this series has such a huge following and all the hype. We'll have to wait and see, I guess!

Did I like it? Yes!
Did I love it? No.
Would I reread it? Eh.
Would I purchase it? Already own it!
Who would I recommend it to? Vampire fans and people who like their books with some cattiness!


  1. I've been really curious about reading this series. I saw the movie and it was really terrible, but I could see how the books could be really entertaining. It had a lot of good points and some really terrible acting. Seriously, that Demitri guy...

  2. I enjoyed the Vampire Academy also! I haven't got around to the second one yet though unfortunately :-(

    Em @

  3. I thought the movie was actually pretty good, but I had REALLY low expectations after seeing the trailers. And I had read the book before seeing the movie and love the books. I do think they get better as they go on, if you decide to read the sequels.


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