So I want to be honest here and say there haven't been all that many vampire books that I've read. Back in 2008 and 2009 when Twilight was all the craze, and everyone was devouring every single vampire they could get their hands on; I was actually just reading, reading, and reading whatever the heck I wanted! It varied from anything from about vampires, to someone getting magic powers, to The Princess Diaries!
In fact, besides The Twilight Saga, there hasn't really been another vampire series, besides Cassandra's Clare's novels, but they don't really 100% focus around vampires; that I've enjoyed. But now there is another one that I can add to the list!
My review of Vampire Academy, Book 1 in the series by Richelle Mead!
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.
So I have another favorite series to add to the list! At least a book 1 favorite to add! What can I say? Well, first of all I loved every freaking moment of this book! I was hooked from beginning until end! While a complete fantasy/paranormal novel, it dealt with some rough things that some teens may find themselves relating to. For instance, depression, cutting, and bullying.
The characters were great! Rose was such a strong young woman, and while sometimes I didn't agree with her decisions (like when she got between Lissa and Christian), she still was really awesome! I love these strong independent women, that can still show their vulnerability at extremely tough times!
Lissa was a very interesting character. I'm not sure yet what I think of her to be honest. I think I like some of her. For instance the part that likes Christian, but she sometimes doesn't seem to be able to make rational decisions. While I don't want to judge, I must say I'm on Rose's side, when I say that I don't understand why some extremely depressed people do what they do to hurt themselves.
Dimitri...OH Dimitri! What a sexy beast! I also love the person they chose to play him for the movie! To be honest out of the three main characters (Rose, Lissa, and him) he is the only one I agree with!
Now to my overall rating...if you haven't already guessed it...
I highly recommend this one! Especially if you like paranormal! I mean, I like paranormal, and am normally not a huge fan of all vampire books (for instance, I honestly don't like The Vampire Diaries), and I loved this one!
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 14, just because it does have some talk about teen sex, nothing graphic, but probably not something under 14 year olds should be reading about quite just yet.
Anyway, definitely check it out if you get a chance!
I'm off to start my day! Hope everyone has an awesome one!
The Romance Bookie :)