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Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

As probably the last YA blogger to read Vampire Academy, I surprisingly didn’t hear much about the books. I’m glad I finally gave into another vampire series. This one is very different from others I’ve read and could be worth the investment of time.

Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Title & Author: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Genre: YA Fantasy – Vampires

Release Date: August 16, 2007

Series: Vampire Academy #1

Publisher: Razorbill

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

Vamps Redeux

Vampire Academy has been out for a LONG TIME. I’d heard of the books, and even been told amazing things about it from my pen pal and fellow blogger Jen, but never picked up the books. I’d say that after Twilight, I got really tired of vampires (and werewolves). Once I saw the movie trailer (a 2014 release), I couldn’t help but feel the allure.

But, Vampire Academy is so very different than Twilight (although I did get it confused with Vampire Diaries). I opened the book and finished it the same day. For other bloggers, this is no big deal. For me, it is because I very, very rarely read a whole book in one day.

So, what made Vampire Academy such a I-can’t-put-this-down read? For me, it was all Rose. Although Rose hasn’t been officially assigned to protect her best friend and vampire princess Lissa, she’s her go-to bodyguard. Rose has trained her whole life to protect the vampire elite (Moroi), and she gets great practice for two years while she and Lissa are living among humans.

After they’re finally discovered and forced back to St. Vladimir’s, their high school academy, they’re faced with the danger they ran away from in the first place.

The Good:

  • Rose & Lissa – I loved their freaky bond and tight-knit friendship. These are the types of girls to not let boys come between them.
  • Rose & Dimitri – OMG the tension! I see where this is going, and it’s predictable, but I can’t help myself falling for it.
  • Hot-headed character with attitude – I could only be talking about Rose. She was super likable to me. Other than more adult paranormal books, I haven’t really seen the bad decision-maker character as a girl before. It was fun – especially because Rose is snarky and sassy.

The OK:

  • High school setting – The mean girls, the rules, the drama. Even with vampires, it’s the same ole, same ole.
  • So many books – I feel like I have to either commit to the series now (6 books) or just give up.
  • Forbidden romance – Don’t get me wrong, I love high intensity romances, but I feel like it follows the vampire book pattern – love with 50 million complications.


If you’re like me and ready for another YA vampire romp, then take on Vampire Academy. Although the book is not without its problems, it’s certainly a hardcore page turner. With the new movie coming out next year and the hype about to rise, I say give Vampire Academy a try and decide for yourself if you want to take on another 5 books of sassy, sexy vampire goodness.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.