ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
For the longest time, this series has been one of my favourites. There are a number of reasons behind this of course, so I’ll give that explanation here.
First and foremost we have our main character Rose Hathaway. The term, kickass female heroine is fitting here. Of course she doesn’t start out kickass, but that’s almost the best part. She goes from being behind in her teachings back to top of the class, all while worrying about things teenagers shouldn’t need to. Skillset though is only an add on to her attitude. And there is a lot of that to go around. A lot. It’s something to love about her because she’s not going to back down, especially when it’s for Lissa or anyone else she cares about.
Then, you have her relationship with Lissa, a best friend duo that will literally do anything for the other. It’s a friendship I loved reading about because the two are total opposites, and that’s exactly why they’re awesome together. Rose definitely remains the exciting and bold one though. While Rose and her life are the focus throughout the Vampire Academy series, those two and the way they work together is a fundamental part to the story and how the story jumps and turns.
This friendship of course only added to the plot. If I’m talking about solely the plot for this book, the first one, then I’ll say I enjoyed it. I admittedly enjoyed the later plots more, but I’ve found that’s normal for me with series. Like I said before Rose does need development, and within the time span of this book she grows along with the plot. And the plot does grow. There were always little hints and clues for me to catch onto, or realize while re-reading and that’s always a big love of mine. It also develops a deeper meaning and important characters that will continue to be important throughout the series.
I suppose I need to talk about the romance part of this book now. Rose and Dimitri. There is an age difference and I’ll admit before reading this book I was more hesitant about those types of things, but in all honesty, there are people in real life married with 10 years difference in age. Not to mention, the age factor is something that adds to the relationship between them in different ways. It also doesn’t help that Dimitri is hot, extremely badass and manages to be one of the best people in Rose’s life for her. Not to mention when he’s her mentor. Plus, the way they simply act around each other, the way Dimitri relaxes and their instant attraction (the only thing close to love at first sight I can stand) is always something I enjoy.
Finally, the genre is supernatural, but once again it’s an interesting take. Focused on vampires, Mead created a new view on them. She created an entirely new society that I enjoyed learning about, much as its politics were irritating. Moroi, the living vampires, Strigoi, the dead vampires and then the Dhamphir, half-vampire/half-human. I’ll leave the rest of the details for you to learn, since that explanation is also done well, especially well from Rose’s trademark attitude.
I recommend this book to supernatural lovers. Also anyone who likes to have action and romance mixed in together along with mysterious plotting. It’s an awesome read and has six books total in the series along with a spin-off. Oh, and the movie has no comparison to this. At all. The movie was a comedy and that was it, the most they took from the book for the movie in my mind was the plot and vampire caste system.
That’s all I have for now so until next time,