Monday Madness: Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Finished Reading: February 7
Purchased: Amazon Kindle
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.

I am excited that I finally took some time out of my busy college schedule to read a book that I love, not to mention Vampire Academy  was the perfect choice. I have been meaning to read this book for some time now, though I did have some doubts. I usually do find that I enjoy the popular books that everyone is loving, but I have found that vampires aren’t usually my thing.
I found that this book was extremely well written and captivating. I finished this book in one night, from the first two pages I was sucked in. Rose is possibly my favorite character of all time, yes. I went there. She is such a powerful character, and a girl which makes it that much better. I had a thought throughout the book that Rose is a girl that everyone wants to be. She says snarky, bitchy things that most of us can only manage to say in our heads. She is plain and simple a bad ass.
I saw from reading through some reviews after I finished reading, that many people weren’t too happy with the fact that Rose knew she was attractive. She did say a few times that she had a body that she knew everyone found attractive. But it wasn’t as if she was saying it out loud. It was a narrative so we can only assume she was saying it in her head, which I am sure there are many people who think the same. It is not wrong to acknowledge that you are attractive. Her statements were inner thoughts and the author used them to help further explain to the reader the dynamic and body types of the other characters.
On the other hand, Lissa I found to be slightly annoying. She started out as a helpless character. She was whiney and almost needed Rose, not for protection but to function. As their dynamic unfolds, Lissa becomes too independent and in turn becomes a new kind of annoying. I believe that it has to be that way with her, no matter how annoying she is, for the book to work, but she is not a favorite character.
Overall, as you can probably tell, I loved this book and cannot wait to get started on the next one!
xox Cat


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