Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

byRichelle Mead

Paperback | December 31, 2013

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The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. The official movie tie-in edition includes exclusive movie cover art and the official movie poster inside. Read it before it hits theaters on Valentine's Day, 2014!

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 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, where vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack.... Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for, and the man she can't live without.
Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its spinoff series, Bloodlines, and the Age of X series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys...
Title:Vampire AcademyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1595143602

ISBN - 13:9781595143600


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read for the rest of the series This is the first book in the Vampire Academy box set. In my opinion it is the weakest in the series, but it's worth reading to get yourself situated in the world Richelle Mead has created because the rest of the series (and the spin off) are truly fantastic!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes! It’s not twilight and it has great plot development
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it! One of my favourite novel series, it filled my vampire obsession needs and was just so amazing. I have no words I can't count how many times I've reread the series.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read This as a Teen. This is one of those books where you read at a certain chapter of your own life and find yourself immersed. Interesting.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT HEROINE The love story may not be one of my faves but the main character of this series is my favorite! I love her and she is the reason I was so obsessed with this series.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted I am 1000% addicted to this novel. From page one I couldn't stop reading until the end (after which I started all over again). Richelle Mead manages to capture high school romances, drama, and friendship without it seeming overly petty, immature and childish. There is a maturity to the characters along with an innocence that connects you to them, pulling you along their wild journey. Kudos!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I prefer the old covers (I always do for any book series) and the awful movie does not do these books any justice whatsoever. This series is amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First few pages... Years ago, I picked up this book in the store and decided to read it to see if I would get hooked before I bought it... and I did. Instantly. It was and still is a real page turner. One of my favourite vampire series growing up. The old covers I have are far better than these plain-looking ones though.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite vampire series! Love this series, not a huge fan of the new covers, though.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fresh take on vamps! I'm super late to the VA party but I'm glad I finally decided to give it a try!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it was a fast read and i could not put it down until i was done. so good
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Adventure! I loved the characters and especially the main character's humour and narration. This book was action packed and I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I found the plot really fast paced and enjoyable. I loved Rose's character and her humour.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I really wanted to like it... ...but it just did not hook me. There is enough teenage bit-lit on the shelves, maybe I'll give it another in some years.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Movie was better! I hate this book, the movie was better.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great first book for the series can't wait to read the rest of it!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original! As far as books about vampires go, this series is probably the best there is. Doesn't feel like work having to read it and quite funny too. Recommend to anyone who likes romance and action!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome series! Don't let the title fool you (I know some people who won't read it based off that alone) - this series is fantastic. The characters are amazing, the story is captivating, and the world is wonderfully built. I also love that the vampire aspect of it is never in your face. I often forget that the characters aren't human, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. It's been years since I read it the first time and I'm still in love!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put this book down!! I seriously can't put this book down. I finished reading in a day or so just flying right through the pages and now I'm on my third book of the series. No dull moments for me in the story maybe because I really love and enjoy the story. I highly, highly recommend this book even though you are not a vampire fan, I guarantee you, you'll enjoy the story. (p.s i don't wanna spoil the details)
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I really loved this book. A great introduction to the series!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much imagination! Rachel Mead created a perfect world, with so much imagery I felt I was part of it. As the characters would travel I could vividly imagine just what they were seeing, hearing and feeling. Truly great work! I read these books for the first time when I was in grade 8 and I just simply loved Rose. As a bit of an overly active rebellious pre-teen she was a breath of fresh air. Doing wanted she wanted and getting away with it, I was truly impressed. Upon reading it again, while in University, I could see better the complexity of some of these characters as well as the recklessness of some of they're decisions, particularly Rose's. However what I was most attracted to my second time reading this was truly the details in which Rachel Mead depicts her characters and her world. The storyline is definitively suited for pre-teens and teens but the writing is for all ages.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! I am currently reading the last book in this series and am almost done. I love this series, the characters are great and the storyline is very original. Can't wait to read more by Richelle Mead.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vampire Academy I liked the romances well enough, though I preferred the friendship between Rose and Lissa. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted! I found this book at the library and I am not usually a fan of vampire story lines but this one had me. I am obsessed with the characters Rose and Dimitri and their connection pulls the readers in. & every book in the series continues to do just that. Its an amazing series. I needed up buying the box set and have reread all 6 novels in the series at least 5 times. I never get sick of them or especially the characters. I even read the sister series Bloodlines which i have reread 3 times too!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I loved the book the moment I got it. I loved the story line and the main character, Rose, plus all she goes through. I would definitely recommend the whole series to anyone who enjoys vampire, supernatural (not talking about the show), or just a good read. This book is WAY better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series to start out with The first book of the vampire academy series, once you start reading it will be hard to put down. The characters all have different interactions and emotions in the book and makes it very easy to read.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I got the first book from the library, read it , loved it ,and then bought the entire series and read it instantly.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Vampire Academy I liked some of the characters, but I really did not like others. For once I thought the movie was better than the book.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sucks You In! No pun intended. The main character Rose is truly a relatable person but fierce in her own amazing way. The way the books were written are incredible and make you feel as if you're really Rose and feeling what she feels. When she falls for Dimitri, you fall for Dimitri. When she's angry, you feel angry. These books are worth the read (and won't take long since you'll binge read for days!). The second book is even better than the first!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from REALLY LIKED IT! Great start to a really good series!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoy It! Read the books awhile back and decided to re-read them...still great. Couldn't put the book down. Good charactors, interesting storylines.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book! I didn't buy this book off of here, it was loaned to me from a friend and I can honestly say that i loved it. It's the first book in the series, and it follows Rose Hathaway and her efforts to protect Moroi Princess Vasilisa Dragomir. You're probably wondering what the Moroi and the Dhampirs are. To sum it up, the Moroi are vampires who can only survive off of blood, can use magic, and are all generally quite petit(e). The Moroi are what make up the upper class of the book's society. Then you have the Dhampirs, who are basically half human, half vampire. They can drink blood or eat human food to survive, it doesn't matter to them. The Dhampirs train to become the guardians for the Moroi. Then there are the Strigoi, which are basically your terrifying, sunlight fearing, and most importantly, bloodthirsty vampires that live to hunt the Moroi. That's a synopsis of the three races (aside from humans) that the book's description doesn't really cover. Th book itself isn't overly strongly written, and it's style is akin to that of Twilight or Eragon, however it does fit the story the book is telling. Nonetheless, I personally still love the book. If you're looking for a light read with a good story, a little drama and some suspense, this book's the one for you :D
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! This book was a good read. It has plenty of drama which was what sparked my interests.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First of a great series I loved this book! I loved the introduction of Rose and Dimitri and seeing how they tried to put duty before love, but faltered at times. I especially love the friendship between Rose and Lissa. Their devotion to one another warmed my heart and I think it's great to see that in YA novels. The world of the Moroi and Dhamphir is only starting to be developed and with that explosive ending, I can't wait to see what else is in store.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Wow. This was so good! Such an amazing start to what I hope to be a great series. Rose Hathway is an amazing character! I am glad that this book is told from her POV, otherwise, it would have been very boring. She is loyal, protective, funny, and a badass.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage This is a very bad book. This is the type of book that is so terrible I can't even FATHOM how people could like it. Rose is the single worst heroine ever created. Rose would never be a real person simply because nobody would ever allow her to act the way she does. She does not utter a single sentence that isn't blatantly arrogant or wildly aggressive. Not a single one. She is constantly angry at everyone and everything all of the time. Every few pages she wants to punch someone for no good reason. And then near the end of the book she finally does hit someone and it's pure assault! It's completely belligerent. Then, when she's not talking about attacking people, she's constantly referring to how attractive she is. If Rose was a real person, nobody would EVER talk to her. They'd all think she was a crazy, self-obsessed tyrant. There is an overwhelming amount of girl on girl crime. Unrelenting hate, back and forth for the entire duration of the novel. The things they do to each other are almost evil, like they will stop at nothing to destroy each other. And in the end it turns violent. It's so exhausting to read, and such a terrible example to set for young female readers. It's very poorly written, with more than a few spelling and grammatical errors. The language is so disappointingly simple with lots of swearing and name calling. If you're going to write a book, especially in the fantasy genre, you should want to make something of it! Not just a terrible, inaccurate narrative of everyday modern teenage existence. And the ending is pulled together so quickly it's like watching a 20 minute Scooby Doo episode where the bad guy gets his masked pulled off and it turns out it was the seemingly good guy all along! Anyway. That's my two cents. It's just garbage and I hate it.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVORITE! This is one of my favourite series's of all time. The characters are just so hilarious and badass. The plot is nice and thick, the way I like it. I can't help but ship two characters together so much. It's a ten out of ten. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good vampire series I enjoyed reading this book and the entirety of the series a few times. It is a nice take on the world of vampires. I always love to see how authors perceive the world of vampires. This one is different and in a good way. No glittering vampires here. I enjoyed the book, it's a good YA series for any vampire reader. I love the character of Rose, she is such a strong minded individual who fights for those she loves, primarily her best friend Lissa.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Totally different take on vampires, amazing start to a series, I recommend this book to all my friends.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different Different spin on the vampire genre
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampire Academy First book in the series and it was a great start. Absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favs! Hands down one of my favourite series EVER. I read this book a while back, but decided to write a review on it so that people can understand, as a teenager and all, how AMAZING this series is. Yeah, maybe some people think that it starts off slow or whatever, but it's just the beginning to an awesome journey. The characters are so well described and created that as a reader, you are so intrigued and have a difficult time putting the book down. Honestly, I reccomend this book to everyone. It's introduced me into such an amazing world! Haha, and even better, Bloodlines, the spin-off series, is as amazing as this one! Amazing book, amazing author. 5 stars!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing novel I loved this entire series, from the moment I picked up the book, I was hooked. It has amazing characters with so much depth, and when you think the story can't get any better, it just does. With plot twists and turns, you never know what's coming! Full to the brim with action, the love between best friends and an unrequited romance, that it's impossible not to root for. Definately a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I love this series! Definitely worth buying all the books!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I love this series! Definitely worth buying all the books!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This Series For me this was the best vampire series as a teen, it tramples Twilight. Strong female characters , vampires who burn, not sparkle in sunlight, and an interesting magic system, were the major pluses of this series
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So GOOOOD! This is by far the best vampire series out there! The world that Richelle Mead has created is truly something creative and unique. Rose Hathaway is a bad*ss bombshell who won't take sh*t from anyone, and I love her for it. This book had a very entertaining cast of characters that I couldn't help but love.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It amazing plot and characters! once you read this one, you will have to finish the series!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good vampire story! I have been hearing about Vampire Academy for a long time but I never picked it up for some reason. The covers of these books aren't so inviting but that wasn't really the reason but I'm glad to pick it up finally after having it for a year sitting on my bookshelf. I have to thank Melissa for that at Paranormally Romanced for making me read it. Thanks Melissa! It's been a while since I read a book with such a kick-ass character. Rose was confident and blunt forward for anything she had in mind. She was a loyal friend and would do anything to protect Lisa. It was a relief for once to find out that the protagonists' best friend is actually a friend to them. The story was a little hard to follow with the different kind of vampires, the good (Moroi Vampires) and the bad ones (Strigoi Vampires) and of course the guardians that protect Moroi vampires. Rose is training to become a guardian and hopes to be Lisa's guardian. The story is fast paced and I turned each page eagerly to learn what happens next. I liked Rose and Lisa. They sort of completed each other and that helped them a lot along the way. The romance in this book wasn't what I was expecting. Everybody seems to be talking about Dimitri and I must admit it was one of the reasons I picked up this book, to find out about him. There aren't a lot of scenes with him and the scenes where we see him in are mostly the ones that he trains Rose. So you basically get to see them both and how they interact with each other. I didn't see the connection between them or liked Dimitri. I didn't dislike him either he was just.... there. I would say that I'm 'neutral' about him but I have 5 more books so you never know. Sorry Melissa if you're reading this you are probably planning my death. :) I tried! Saying that though I must also say that I haven't given up. I'll read the next books, which I plan soon, and see if I get to know more about Dimitri because you barely do in this book. There is also another love story in this book and it's between Lisa and Christian which I loved! I just wished I could see more of Christian and Lisa. I wouldn't think it could be possible but through the connection Rose and Lissa have, Rose can enter Lisa's mind and see and feel whatever Lisa is doing and feeling. So through those few moments we get to see and know more about Lisa. Overall I loved the book. At first when I picked up this book I though I was holding a good romance involving vampires. Now when I hold the book, I'm thinking of holding a good kick-ass book. If you haven't read it and you have doubts about it don't worry just pick it up!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was easy to get into this book and its characters. An enjoyable read and a great start for this series!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved this series. Will definitely read again.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable Really enjoyed this series and especially this first book.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great beginning! A new look on vampires, good and bad and the people who protect them. I love this book, Rose is a breath of fresh air. You feel like you can relate to her world, her emotions. Just fantastic.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love! Loved the characters and the plot
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Loved this book. Great vampire novel
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blah I did not finish. I couldn't stand Rose. Sorry
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It I picked up the first book of this series years ago, and it still remains to be one of my favourite series to this day. Even though movie was a bit disappointing, I will always love this series.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative! This took a new spin on the classic tales of vampires. Perfect YA novel, with twists and turns and a perfect amount of romance!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Similar to other YA's but makes a lasting impression I picked this up because I saw the movie (which honestly did nothing for the book) and decided I wanted to see if the book could be any better than the movie (it was). To kind of neatly sum it all up: Both Rose and Lissa attend St. Vladimir’s Academy. Rose is a half-human half-vampire guardian in training for the royal vampires who rule their secret society. Lissa is a royal vampire and the last living person in her family. The two ran away from the academy and the evils that lurked just below its surface about a year ago, but were caught and dragged back to the academy, which is where the novel starts. Once the two return to school they quickly realize things have changed, scandalous rumours follow them everywhere, as well as unrequited messy romantic feelings, the same evil from before and to top it all off the two are now far behind their peers which come at varying consequences for the two. For Rose falling behind means that she might not be able to pass her guardian test and be assigned to Lissa, something she’s wanted for as long as the two have been friends meaning she has to take extra lessons with her beautiful (much older) instructor Dimitri. For Lissa losing a year means she’s fallen several rungs on the important vampire social ladder, and she still hasn’t mastered and chosen a specialization something that’s a big no no in this world. Unfortunately for me I had seen the movie before hand so I knew about the twists coming. But despite that it was good, Lissa and Rose truly acted like rebellious teens, who through it all managed to stay fiercely loyal to one another. I loved seeing Rose have to come to terms with her crush on her instructor and although it’s obvious the two will end up together it still had me hoping for lots of romance between the two. One thing which occasionally bugged me was Rose’s attitude, she often leaped without looking and always wanted to overdo it whether that be in the love department, training, or interacting with other students her tendency to go into everything guns 'a blazing was starting to become too much. In addition, the thing that really bugged me in the whole book was all of the lusting after and attention about Rose’s body. It was made abundantly clear that Rose was curvaceous and very attractive (something that apparently is a rarity in this world) and the constant lines about her being attractive and guys staring at her got old really fast. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a read that has supernatural aspects mixed in with some nice romance. If you’re looking for a book about a no-nonsense girl with an attitude who protected those she cares about, and is trying to balance her desire to be a teenager and her need to become an adult this is a great choice.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me claw my way back for more!!! This book is a piece of art. The writing is inviting and the characters are interesting, and it is such a smart twist on vampire based young adult novels. Watch out Stephanie Meyer!!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ignore the title and cover art I read this book a few years ago and have reread is several times since. It has not me down even once. This world of vampires and magic takes a different direction than I've seen before. The different types of vampires/half-lings (Moroi, Strigoi and Dhampir) and their interlinking relationships bring fresh air to this old genre. Rose Hathaway is one of the best characters I have ever been exposed to. She is a badass! Enough said. Don't be fooled by the title and cover art. Its wittiness deserves better.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting! Easily fell in love with Rose and Dimitri <3 Such a great start to an awesome series
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :O Vampire academy is def not like a regular vampire book, it has different species and new characters in every book (team Adrian idk bout u), This book was filled with many sad and happy parts and unexpected situations 10/10 read
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freaking Fantastic! Vampire Academy . . . Where do I begin? I could go on forever and ever about the incredible ability Richelle Mead has to write such amazing, realistic characters—For starters, Rose Hathaway is known for her “smartass” reputation, and she’s also one hell of a tough badass. But, we can’t forget her unquestionable loyalty to her dear Moroi best friend, Lissa Dragomir. She would do anything in her power to ensure her safety—They Come First—and for this reason, Rose Hathaway has a very powerful personality. Moving on, Dimitri Belikov is looked upon as a god, even by Rose Hathaway herself, but most of all, he’s a total badass, and as quoted by Rose Hathaway he’s “the kind of hot that makes you stop walking on the street and get hit by traffic”. Now, I really could talk for hours upon hours about the perfection of the passion between Rose and Dimitri. But, it is an experience that you must read yourself. However, what I will say, is that I couldn’t ask for anything more—after recently rereading this series for a second time, I still feel a flutter of butterflies reading every moment between Rose and Dimitri. Now, if I were to rate the movie, I couldn’t even give it a 1 star. It was SOOO bad, don’t even get me started! So, whatever you do, do NOT judge this book by the movie. The movie got absolutely everything wrong. Especially Dimitri.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made all my friends read it I got this book as a Christmas present but didn't start reading it till about a year later. I definitely didn't think the book would be as good as it is or I would have started reading it way sooner than I did.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Crap! Love it When i first brought this book, i didn't read it until almost a year later, as i was reading different novels. But when i did read this book, i fell in love with it right off the back. Vampires are one of my favorite creatures and how Mrs. Mead wrote this book. I gave her the thumbs up all around it. Yes, this is one book i would recommend to teens or adults.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F---ing Awesome!!! Incredible!!!!!!!!!!! READ IT!!!!! FAV BOOK EVER!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to kick off the series! I read this book before the movie came out and enjoyed it a lot! I think that people need to get over the whole "there are too many vampire books lately" and look at this one a lot differently. People compare VA to Twilight, but they are nothing alike. The concept of having three types of vampires was so interesting and I loved that about it; it was something Twilight doesn't have which make it all the more different. This book is not only about vampires, but it has a lot more to it than that. The book also talks about love and loyalty, as well as surviving high school drama. This book explores a lot of different concepts, including the friendship between Lissa and Rose as well as the bond that binds them to each other. I didn't enjoy the portion with the drama as much, but they had to introduce the series through this to really portray that the Strigoi are not the only evil lurking in their world; there are a lot more threats in the world of Moroi and Dhampir than you would expect, as we see all throughout the series. Despite being my least favourite book in the series, it is the perfect way to to kick of this explosive series. Even if you don't enjoy this book a lot, continue onto book two and you will definitely be hooked by then! The protagonist, Rose, is hilarious and I loved her humour all throughout the series. A lot of the characters grow on you as they evolve and become better people. There is also a certain touch of darkness to this book, being the side effect of Lissa's magic, which progresses all throughout the series, and makes it all the more enjoyable and interesting. I am very happy that I picked this one up, because it led to me discovering one of my favourite series of all time!
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Love this book. I never knew why I have never picked up the books up before. The first book suckered me in after reading the first few pages. You will not regret reading this one. I am currently reading the 2nd book at the moment. ?
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it After putting off this book for far too long, I finally read it. And now I'm wondering why I kept putting it off. There's so many vampire series out there these days that they can sometimes blend together unless they have something to really make them stand out. Well, this book has Rose. Rose and her best friend Lissa ran away from St Vladimir's Academy and Rose has been protecting Lissa ever since. They're captured and brought back to the academy were they have to try to integrate back into school life without causing trouble, especially Rose who's on thin ice with the headmistress. Rose is behind in her training so the guard who'd tracked them down, Dmitri, stands up for her to the headmistress and now Rose will be having extra training sessions with him. The friendship and fierce loyalty between Rose and Lissa is very refreshing. It's pretty rare in YA to find two girls with such a close relationship, constantly protecting and worrying about the other. Rose is quick-tempered but also quick-thinking and she'd protect Lissa with her life. And even with all the extreme training and the consequences if she fails, there are still times when he acts like a complete teenager. Lissa is more calm and very good at playing the social game with the Royals. She keeps Rose grounded but also shows her own fierce protection toward her friend. It's a great relationship. And, about relationships, this book has two main ones. Rose and Dmitri, and Lissa and Christian. I actually prefered the less-written-about Lissa and Christian. I found their dynamic interesting and I really hope to see a lot more of Christian in the coming books. The little we got from Christian makes me think he could easily be a favourite character with a lot of complexity to him. Rose and Dmitri were obvious from the beginning but that didn't make it any less fun to read the back and forth between them. He confuses her and she intrigues him but he's her mentor and older and that makes it dangerous. But hot. Definitely hot. I really liked the pace that the plot moved along. A lot of big secrets and twists were revealed that'll have consequences in coming books, there's heartbreak and betrayal, and a Queen Bee that got what was coming to her. So glad I finally picked this book up and read it. Definitely worth it
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After So I FINALLY jumped on the VA bandwagon - I feel like I'm the last person to have read it! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Bloodlines last summer for review and decided to give it a shot - much to my surprise, I totally fell in love and it wasn't until I read Bloodlines that I actually had a desire to read VA! I can totally see what all the fuss is about - I'm not a huge fan of vampires or paranormal books in general, but I really love that VA doesn't feel like every other vampire book out there. And a pretty awesome, strong lead female definitely helps too! Reasons to Read: 1.This isn't your standard YA vampire fare: I love that Richelle incorporated her own twists on vampires and different elements. To be honest, the vampires in the VA world very rarely felt like traditional vampires - or even vampires at all - for most of this first book. They just seemed so normal and, well, more like fancy humans. Especially since Rose is a dhampir. And I LOVE the magic aspect to it. 2.Great blend of paranormal and contemporary: I also love that this one isn't overloaded with paranormal events and elements; there's a distinct contemporary feel to it, similar in the way that a lot of the characters go through very real, very familiar struggles. It definitely makes them easier to relate to, it's just more exciting than any of the highschool drama I ever witnessed haha. 3.Rose is a very different sort of main character: I think in YA, we kind of get used to reading about the misfit characters - ones who aren't entirely confident, or just don't feel like they fit in. In some ways, Rose definitely is a misfit and there are times when her confidence is a bit lacking... but overall, she isn't like that. She's very confident about herself, overall, and often does find ways to fit in and roll with the punches. It's nice to live vicariously through characters like her at times. And while there were a few times where I could easily see how immature and young she was (which isn't a bad thing, it's factual) I also know that there's plenty of room for improvement in that area too (seeing as there are a whole bunch of books in the series). 4.Strong female friendships: I know that there are some special reasons why Lissa and Rose are bonded together, but I find it so heartening to read about two characters who can be so close as friends. Too often I feel like the good friends take the backseat in books, or turn out to be jerks. But these two such depths of loyalty and mutual concern for each other, something which I wish we saw more of in YA books. And yes, there's definitely action. And mystery. Plenty of other elements to keep you intrigued and easily hold your attention for the book and leave you looking for more at the end. But at the same time, I could definitely tell that this book was really more of a set up for later books because it lacked a lot of the excitement and action I was highly anticipating after hearing so much about these books. And there were too many times when people just felt far too oblivious to what was going on around them. I definitely have the impression that I'll love the later books though. Lastly, I also don't feel like I missed out by reading Bloodlines & The Golden Lily first. Yes, I am definitely spoiled for some things - but honestly, I never would have read VA without Bloodlines. And I didn't find Bloodlines confusing without having read VA, but I believe I'm in the minority on that one. Thoughts on the audio: The other bit that might have taken away from my experience was the audio and narration itself. I didn't love the narrator, but I did get used to her voice. The problem was when she switched to different voices for other characters - Lissa and Mia were just far too annoying, and I really can't stand the Dimitri voice. My sister told me at one point that it reminded her of an old Russian lady, and after that I just couldn't picture anything else.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast paced and entertaining I have shied away from vampire books as they generally are not for me, but I kept hearing about Vampire Academy from different people, so decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe because it is about vampires in a whole vampire society, not how they interact with humans, I'm not sure, but the vampire part of the story was not in the forefront. Instead, it was about these kids with unique challenges in a boarding school, who happen to be vampires and half-humans training to protect the vampires. Mead does a good job of creating the world of this boarding school, the routines, the cliques, the bullying, the politics and the pettiness. Even though many of these are taken to the extreme, I'm sure most teenagers will relate to these characters. There is even romance and adventure. I really liked Rose and the story is told from her point of view. She is strong, gutsy, feisty, and no nonsense. She also shows some really good growth in the book. I loved her friendship with Lissa, her best friend. Their connection is so interesting, but I also loved reading a book that is largely about the friendship of these two girls. All of the other story lines, the romances and the drama, supported this major theme. Lissa is a great foil for Rose, part of a whole other social circle. There is a story line where she has self destructive tendencies that I think the author handles really well and matter of factly. She goes into the reasons, the emotions, and the fact that she ultimately needs help beyond what her friend can give her. Actually, there are several issues mentioned in the book, such as sex, drugs and drinking. These seemed authentic to me to how teens act and I liked how Rose thought about where her boundaries were for these things. I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it, especially to teen girls.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love I'll be honest. I tried to read this about 6 years ago, but I found it kind of boring, so I stopped. Than last year I saw it on my book shelf and thought, what the heck, I'll just read it. So, I did and I didn't stop. I thought it was amazing. It was just so different from anything I've read before.
Date published: 2012-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! (CONTAINS SPOILERS!) ***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** It seems I have been sucked into a very money hungry world. That is, the world of the young adult vampire books. They don’t just come in one novel, but numerous novels, meant to drain your pocketbook and enhance your knowledge of fictional worlds! However, much as I hate to see my money dwindling, I am happy to have found more hits than misses with these books. The Vampire Academy series is definitely shaping out to be a hit. The best thing about this book – aside from the fact that you won’t want to put it down! – is that it’s different from other vampire novels out there. Much like the Harry Potter series (which has nothing to do with vampires, in case you were wondering), the vampires (or Moroi, as they’re referred to) attend a private school for protection training. Also, like Harry Potter, there’s a group of bad people (kind of like Voldemort and his followers) out to get the Moroi – the Strigoi. The difference is that instead of the Strigoi just going after one individual, it’s the whole vampire (Moroi) race they intend to kill. Unlike Harry Potter, where the wizards are taught to protect themselves, the Moroi have protectors – the Dhampirs. The Dhampirs are trained in combat and learn how to protect the Moroi from the Strigoi. They eventually become Guardians and are usually assigned to protect the more higher-up of the Moroi race. You could say that this series is a House of Night rip-off, since those vamps go to school, too, and they’re always dealing with the elements (something that each Moroi specializes in – earth, air, fire, or water), but these vampires don’t really learn how to fight. In fact, they deal more with the history of their kind and how to work with their element. They are able to do magic with that element, but it’s forbidden to use in the real world. Unlike the House of Night, these characters don’t use kiddie language (I’m so sick of some of Zoe’s swear words) – they seem so much more adult and grown up. Yes, there is sex, drugs, and rock and roll. OK, maybe no rock and roll, but you get the gist. After reading the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to keep reading more. It took a little getting used to, what with the new terminology and the fact that one of the main characters, Rose, seems to have liked feeding her best friend, Lissa, just a little too much, but it was all totally worth it in the end. I left this book desperately needing Rose and Dimitri (her hot mentor) to hook up and the seriousness of why they couldn’t hook up (i.e. they’d both be Guardians and would rather protect each other, instead of the Moroi they’re supposed to protect) made it all so real. There’s nothing baby-ish about this book – start reading the series and find out for yourself!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me wanting more I read some of these reviews, and It wasnt my favorite of the series but I didnt find it slow and boring in the least. It had lots of twists and turns and always kept you guessing. Rose is an amazing character and Mead is an excelent writer! I have read this series numerous times and listened to the last two on audiobook format more times than I can count (I have a long way to drive to and from work) and the development of the characters is astonishing! I highly recommend these books to everyone! Especially aspiring authors!
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good but not great This book was very confusing too me... 3 different vampires with a lot of information at once. It was hard to keep reading and I was not that-in-to-it. I was telling myself that I need to read the book till the end because of all the review that I saw about this series. After this 1st book I decided to purchase the 2nd one and the same thing happens. But at the 3rd one wow... from there on, I could not let it go. This was a great series, it was a slow start for me but it finally got better and better. This series is a MOST READ but please be patient because the 1st and 2nd book are not the best one ... Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!!! This series is one of the best series Ive ever read if you liked twighlight you will love this!
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I picked It Up At first I was skeptical about getting into this particular series. While looking at the cover, I had the "House of Night" series constantly flashing through my head. But my friend went on and on about how amazing this series is, so I decided to give it a try; and I'm so glad that I did. It was surprsingly good and kept me desperate for more. Personally, I don't think we get enough books on elemental magic, and this book was a great combination of mystery, romance and that elemental magic.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I am intrigued! I have walked through my local chapters and I have passed by this serries about a hundred times and finally a coworker convinced me to read it. It was actually very good. At first I began to question my judgement and wonder what I had agreed to read but as the story progressed I got deeper and deeper into Richelle Mead's world and loved it! I am now on to the second book and I hope it lives up to the first.
Date published: 2010-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I was super excited to get started on reading this book, once i finally got started I couldn't put it down. The whole school thing reminded me very much of the House of Nights series and Harry potter and if you loved those you'll love this one too.
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love it! I was skeptical at first. If this was going to be another vampire novel with its teens being obsessed with name brand clothing and the pages will be filled with what they were wearing I was about to toss this back to the return bin to the library. I was relieved and happy that it wasn’t. It was thanks to Rose that Vampire Academy is now one of my favorite reads of 2010. (Yes I’m a little late coming into the series). I loved Rose, loved her as a character, liked her wit, her strength, her volatile temper, and although Lissa is important and central to the novel, Rose just seems to have taken the spotlight. Which I think is a good thing. Although it’s not to say I don’t like Lissa, but in my opinion, she just seems like the girly girl that always feels the need to be protected and coddled. The plot was very interesting and I really liked how the dynamics of the Vampire Academy worked. (The dhampirs, and the Moroi taking classes yet they’re still two separate groups). This book was certainly very different from other vampire books I’ve read, but it was not only interesting, but I loved the action and the mystery surrounding Rose and Lissa (questions as to why they ran away, what Lissa’s specialty is when it comes to her powers, etc.) I like the ‘politics’ concerning the Moroi but I would like to learn more about the Strigoi and how they operate (then again this is just the first book so I’m sure later novels will explain this a lot more). There was a nice little twist in the end, albeit predictable, but still a very exciting and entertaining read nonetheless. Also what I really liked, is great character chemistry. Rose and Lissa got along well (for the most part) and were ideally what best friends are supposed to be. Lissa and Christian, the chemistry is there but it feels like they’re developing and still needs room to grow - hopefully the later books will do them justice. However Rose and Dimitri are super together. They have that romantic tension that the reader can feel, and it’s so tense it could be snapped like a twig. I love them both as a team and as a potential couple. Note this book is meant for older teens for the occasional swearing, and some sexual themes. Overall this is one of my favorites of 2010. I love the plot and I love the characters. Both of them went hand in hand in this book. I greatly recommend this to vampire lovers out there.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get yours NOW!! Its a must read!! Before I start, I have to say Richelle Meads Writing is wonderful. The book was nicely written just enough details nothing over the top, and great transitions. I love when each author has their opinions on what a Vampire is. I thought Richelle's idea of Vampire was awesome. Instead of the same old Vampires we are dealing with Morois are full vampires with magical powers, a lot are royals, then we have Dhampirs, and they are half vampire half human, they are basically Moroi's body guard (guards are mostly men). The story is about Lissa (Moroi) student and her best friend Rose (Dhampir) Rose is still in training. So I like how the story starts with Lissa and Rose having run away from the suspicion at St. Vladimir Academy. Rose and Lissa are not safe in or out of VA. I like the connection between Rose and Lissa. The book is in Rose's point of view. With forbidden love, to a place of great safety ... Not so much. Strigoi are super bad vamps, who feed on Moroi blood for more powers. This book is a must read and actually in my top five favorites. Each character has their own uniqueness. The book was captivating from beginning til the end. I love school for Paranormals or anything with them in a school area. I really like the cover. Storyline was great, it was also developed. MUST READ!!
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting academy I can't say that this book was awesome but I can't say that this book was boring for me. It was in the middle. The beginning tried to get straight into action but it was more confusing than entertaining. There's a bit of history lesson going on with the type of vampires in the book which I found could have been scattered more as we got into certain scenarios but she just did the history lesson instead. Also, the overemphasis of the bond drove me a little bit on the edge. I was a bit irritated the more she kepts going on about the bond. I would have rather had her just give me the feelings of that bond rather than keep reminding me about it. All in all, it was still a good book towards the end. You keep guessing as to who the culprit is when it comes to the dead animals which I found she did a good job keeping it a secret. The characters show strong personality; you see what makes them vulnerable and what makes them passionate. I'll get the next one just to see what happens.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Interesting Read I am not big reader of YA but this one was not bad. The world that Richelle Mead created is amazing her characters are so well portrayed that you can easily relate to what they feel. It took me a while to get in to it since some of the information provided at the beginning was a little confusing but by reading further things became clearer and I could really understand the bond between Rose and Lissa. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Rose and Lisa are best friends. A car accident created a strong bond between them, Rose is able to feel what Lissa feels and see what Lissa sees. Being a Dhampir, her blood a powerful blend of human and vampire blood, Rose believes she would make the perfect guardian for Lissa a Moroi Princess, mortal vampire with the rare gift of harnessing the earth’s magic. After two years of freedom from St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians, Lissa and Rose are caught by Dimitri, a very sexy guardian assigned to Lissa by the academy. Back at the academy Rose has to keep her fights and smart mouth comments to a minimum in order not to be kicked out and separated from Lissa forever. As her bond with Lissa grows stronger, a new threat begins to rise from the shadows. With daily classes of guardian combat, weight training, animal behaviour, Slavic art and training with Dimitri, Rose has to learn to balance her own feeling while keeping Lissa safe from the Strigoi, vampires who never die, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
Date published: 2010-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampire Academy this is the first book in the vampire academy was a creative storyline, and the writing was great too. A great mix of romance, horror, and fantasy. It is about three types of vampires. Dhampirs (who are half human / half vampire, and are basically guardians for the Moroi), Moroi (they are full vampires, but they aren't immortal and they can use magic,they drink bloodm, and all the royals are moroi), and strigoi (they are bad vampires. they drink blood as well, but usually kill their victims, they live forever and they can't use magic) the main plot is about Rose (dhampir) and Lissa(moroi) who are best friends and tan away from the school, St, Vladimir Academy, which is the vampire school. They are found by some school guardians, and are taken back so they can live back at the school, but there is lots of drama!! the story is written through rose's point of view, which can sometimes get pretty heated and messy :). the characters develope well, and sometimesthere isn't always a happy ending (which is satisfying, more like real life...). it can get pretty heated sometimes, while others, not so much. but you can always follow what's going on, the writing's very clear, and it's just a wonderful story, i would reccommend it :)
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific author! Richelle Mead is sensational in the craft. She hooks you in from line one. I love Rose's sassy attitude and Dimitri's cool confidence. The different type of vampires is a nice chance from all the others in this genre. I had a hard time putting it down. Even when I did put it down, I'd catch myself replaying a particular scene and laughing at something Rose said. Definitely one of my favourite series.
Date published: 2009-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampire Academy I really enjoyed this book. It pulls you in on the first page and keeps you hooked. If your like me and like fast books with intense characters than you would love this. I would recommend buying the boxed set because the books are quite addicting and you will be wanting more straight away.
Date published: 2009-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I Think Not!!! I can't believe that most of you out there thought that this book was great. This book was one of the most boring books i've ever read, and I can not believe that some of you thought this book was better then Twilight. I understand that this a Teen Book, and I really don't mean to diss this book, but really it wasn't as creative as some of you have said. She over used the word BOND, WE GET IT........WE GET IT!!! so with that said I was not at all pleased. So if u want to read a really good vamp book, and it's your first time, ya this book isn't for you!!
Date published: 2009-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I liked the book and will order the following books, but I didn't find it enthralling. For me the relationship between the characters is what kept me reading. I liked the fact that we could see through Lissa's eyes occasionaly and I also like the balance between the two main characters, Lissa being a softer, gentler girl while Rose is quite direct and risqué. I think that this was a good introduction into thier world and hope to be swept up into the next instalment.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad. This was an entertaining book. Not one that is on my LOVE IT pile, but it is definitely something that I look forward to continuing. Rose, a dhampire and her friend Lissa, a Moroi (nice vampire) break out of their school and run away. They are returned and then have to deal with the bond that they share and their very cliquey friends. Lissa is a royal and Rose is her guardian. The bond they share alows Rose to jump into Lissa's head and actually experience what Lissa is experiencing. It also allows Rose to get constant emotions from Lissa. "With the regular stuff that most books have: the forbidden love, the friend who wants to be more, and the should be beneath me but I want him 'beneath me' love, I did not find anything particularily special about this book. I think that the characters are great and fun. Rose is entertaining in her impulses and Lissa is very sympathetic. This was a fine read and i will be getting the next one soon, but as for running out to get it, no, it was just okay. It actually kind of reminded me of the House of Night series. But i would have to say if Richelle started to get EVERYONE to ""love"" the main characters that i would have to stop reading these books. Richelle does have really great humour but there was no surprises (though i find there rarely are), and it was a bit teeny for me. Although i do like that there is mention of sex, drinking and all that stuff that most teen books go about in a way that does not work for me. But Richelle goes about it in a great and realistic way. Yes, teenagers do party and do all that stuff. So that was something that i really enjoyed. Also i liked the realisticness (is that a word??) of the book. okay sure it is basically vamps and stuff but as for the feelings and conflicts and reactions that take place, i would say that they are great. One quote that i will share is just something that made me giggle: its at the end about a crow that she sees ""I held my arm to it, half hoping it'd come land on me in some sort of dramatic, movie-worthy gesture. All it did was look at me like I was an idiot, spead its wings, and fly away."" And that is the realism that i was talking about. The book is not all that flashy and all this crazy stuff that is so unlikely, it was realistic for a supernatural book and i quite enjoyed it."
Date published: 2009-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! I really enjoyed this series and couldn't wait for the next one to come out :)
Date published: 2009-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Different vampires for sure and the main charcter is sassy and witty
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mead = Goodness Everytime It's not a secret that I adore Mead. I think she is crazy talented and has a really fresh voice. I was skeptical in trying her Georgina Kincaid/Succubus series (worried it was gonna be risque) and it's probably one of my favorite series now, which meant that I was confident that I would also love her YA series. Proud to say I was correct again. Mead created this world that despite the onslaught of vampire Teen/YA books/series was fresh and original. An element that made it fresh was the bond between Princess Lissa and her guardian/BFF Rose. The book is written just from Rose's POV, which means that anything that happens to Lissa would generally have to be spoken. While I have full trust that Mead could do that and pull it off with ease and grace she spun it around by using this 'bond'. Rose could feel what Lissa was feeling and at times when the emotions where so strong she'd be pulled in, able to see,hear and feel everything that Lissa was. This allowed Lissa to have 'secret' meetings with bad boy Christian and as the reader we didn't get bored with constantly being told. When Lissa was endanger we were yanked into the scene and Mead managed to not make the bond frustrating nor confusing. I just love when authors do stuff like that to flesh out the book more. There were a few errors that I noticed while reading. I always get a moment of YAY ME when I find a misprint or typo. Other then that I'm 100% hooked on this series. While it may been Teen/YA I highly recommend that the kiddies 'rents know that there is some mature content. Some steamy kissing that is a breath from becoming a sex scene. I'd probably categorize this as more YA then teen, which for me (not a teen nor ya) was great. All the characters were developed but still leave lots of room for more skeletons to come out of the closet. Rose is hard edged, protective, loyal and little wild. Okay, at times a bit more then little. However, all of those qualities make me love her more. Watching the lengths that she'll go to protective her guard and best friend were admirable. I'm really looking forward to more back history (so curious about her Mom) and perhaps some future romance with Dimitri (my fingers and toes are crossed on that one).
Date published: 2009-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Loved Loved It!!!!! Vampire Academy will have your heart racing from the action, your breath taken away from the amazing romance and the characters will have you laughing at their quick remarks and hilarious attitude. I really could not put this book down, the moment I started I was hooked on reading about these brilliant characters in this exciting plot. I loved the whole idea of a Moroi Princess, and them having a guardian; In this case Lissa was one of the Moroi Pricesses and Rose was her Dhampire/Guardian. Together they escaped the Vampire Academy, for Lissa's safety. Now, they wound up being caught and brought back to the Academy. Things seem the way they were when they left, but a girl became popular and she doesn't like it that they are back, and she'll do anything to make their lives at Vampire Academy a struggle... Richelle Mead created amazing characters, that make this book so unique and so hard to put down. It's crazy how good the romance is between some of the characters. After reading this book I can't wait to read the sequel, and find out what happens next!!!!
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has Great Characters! So... I got this book because someone recommended it to me, but i honestly didn't think that i would like it but read it anyway. I was wrong, I LOVED this book. It's different, interesting, captivating, and creative. I was really surprised. This book has great characters that you will love or hat (but in a good way, if that makes sence), the author developes them really well and this keeps you reading because you are always wanting to know what happens to them next. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes books about vampires, the paranormal, and are full of adventure with a bit of romance mixted in with all of it.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a series I had some doubt about this book, maybe from the title, but once I started reading I was hooked. I found the story had more depth and plot than the norm in this genre, and I absolutely loved it, so much so that I ordered the rest of the series. Fingers crossed they will be as good.
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girl on girl bites haha.. Great read I heard such good things about this series before i started reading. The first book has not let my expectations down at all. I highly enjoy the Rose. She's incredibly strong, fiesty, funny and sexy. What a great pick for a heroin. Rose and her charge and bestfriend Lissa have a beautifully intimate friendship. It only gets strengthened with all the conflicts they face with the Strigoi (bad blood suckers), their peers, forbidden love and countless other things. I really love the writing style it weaved the present and past seamlessly. It was dark, sexy and funny. Really captured my attention and like any good books I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2009-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS SERIE I found that this series resembled the HON series a bit with vamps using one of the 5 elements. The description of the strigoi reminded me a little of the red vampires in HON. But it was a very nice book to read I LOVED all of the characters ESPECIALLY Rose and her attitude! I caught myself laughing out loud a few times. But the first book is nothing compared to the last. I recommend it to annyone who is tired of the same old stories repeated over and over again and that no mateer what will ALWAYS be a happy ending but in different senarios. This is NOT the story of a vampire but one of a Gardian that lives in someones shadow. Careful spoiler: she only realises at the end of the third book that living in Lissa s shadow is gonna coast her half of her soul. Enjoy,
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good title I loved the way the author tells the story from Rose's point of view! The story pulled me in, I couldn't put it down! i thought that the book was a great story, it was one of the best vampire book i have read.(No insult to Twilight)
Date published: 2009-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting start to the series I enjoyed the world created and the strong friendship between the two female leads. I hope the forbidden romance will be built upon in the series. It wasn't exactly a page turner for me, but it kept my interest and it was enjoyable. I will be reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good I enjoyed this book. It was slow at times and seemed like more of an intro since it's the first book. There were some similarities to the House of Night but overall it was a different story. This series has a different spin to vampires. I liked the main character because although she makes mistakes, she actually learns from them unlike some other characters in books that I find irritating (Zoe from HON).
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it, I love it, I love it!! Awesome book!
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then HON First of all I would have to say that this book was better then the House of night series. I found this book to be way more mature and childish then the HON series. It was a great read and I finished reading all the books in a short amount of time. I would recommend this book to anyone because it's a great read!
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from New Vampire Characters! This is the first book in the Vampire Academy series. It’s about Rose Hathaway, a dhampir, and Lissa Dragomir, a moroi princess. First recommendation, read the back of the book before starting the book itself, otherwise these words will get lost on you. A dhampir is basically the ‘mule’ of the vampire world. They are half-human, half-vampire but with extra strength and speed and their main duty is to protect the moroi. A moroi is a mortal vampire with magical capabilities. A breed of vampire that is becoming extinct. A strigoi is an immortal vampire with no magical capabilities. They are also the bad guys. They feed off of anything living, but prefer moroi blood. All new characters and definitions aside, this is a pretty decent book. Rose is training to be a guardian, and she’s pretty rebellious. She has an ‘act now, think later’ kind of attitude. She is bonded to Lissa. Rose can sense all of Lissa’s emotions and seems to know when she’s in trouble. Lissa’s survival is dependant upon Rose’s intuition and strength. At the academy they are mostly protected from strigoi, but not from other students. And we all know how cruel kids can be, especially those with magical powers. Read more at:
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite novel This is my favorite novel, even better the Twilight (no offense intended)
Date published: 2009-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing Vampire Academy is one of the GREATEST books i have ever read!!!! It is totally amazing!!! It is the story of a Girl named rose and her best friend and its just as much as forrbiden love! I loved it from the very first sentence!
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This book is so amazing! it gives a new twist on the typical vampire out look. If you like The House of Night Books or Twilight then you should take a look at these books. Rose is a strong and independant girl, and I can totally relate. I cant wait to dive into the next book!
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books!!! I can defintly say that this one of my favourite books. It was very well writen, is easy to relate too (except for the fact that their vampires :D) and it's filled will tons of mystery, friendship and romance. If you are a fan of any vampire books, you must read this one!!!
Date published: 2009-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! This book was so good! like words can't describe it! i was verry excited to get the next two books and im on the thrid now, and there really good ! I hope the auther will write another book soon! she is an amazing writer! This book is one of the best books ive read and out of all the vampire books ive read too. :) Another great thing about this book is that yes there some drama but theres not to much and its so intence at times, thats what i like in books! :) :)
Date published: 2008-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOSH! AMAZING!!!♥♥ This book was AMAZING! I loved the story line it was so different from other vampire books that it felt nice to read something different for a change. This book is one of my favourites, I'm on Frostbite right now and I cannot wait to read Shadow-kissed and I can't wait for when the 4th book, Thorn Queen to come out!!! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!! one of the best vampire series there is!! A must read!
Date published: 2008-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I was a bit skeptical at first because it seemed like the typical vamp story set in a typical vamp school - we all know that idea has been done to death. But I really must say, this book is more original than I had thought, with a different take on vampire myths (eg. differentiating between the Moroi, the mortal vampires and the Strigoi, the true undead). To me, I felt that the writing was very fluid and the characters were well-developed. They each had a unique personality, and the friendship between Rose and Lissa is really touching. It had a good balance of romance, mystery, humour, and action. I also thought that the flashbacks were really well done because of the way they slowly unfolded the events in the past for us. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this. Twilight fans should love this. I know I did, and... dare I say it? In many ways I liked it more. ;)
Date published: 2008-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next one ! I have never read a book by Richelle Mead, but once I read this novel, I was guaranteed that I should read some more ! I found it a bit difficult to get into, but after I did, I was pleasantly surprised by the interwoven conflicts and passion that she wrote with. Similar to Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer, with just as much passion and excitement, I would recomend it to any vampire enthusiasts or novel lovers! Dimitri and the bad-ass Rose captivated me with their troubled relationship, and after finishing the novel, I know I will invest in the second one and see what happens to their passionate relationship!
Date published: 2008-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rose the best Dhampir around Too be perfectly honest when i read the beginning i thought it was sort of! but i still wanted to read it! and im glad i did as soon as they were captured and taken to the academy so many questions appeared in my head! and i couldnt put it down. Im so glad i didnt too it was a great book! I would diffenitely recommend it! I can't wait to get "frostbite"
Date published: 2008-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. This book was the best book i ever read.
Date published: 2008-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK I liked it but it is defidently not one of my favorites. The first half of the book was kinda dull and hard to get into. But it did pick up for about the last quarter or so. Its not very original plot wise but overall it was a worthwhile read. I would defidently recommend it to anybody who wants a book to read that is not going to be time consuming and a distraction from other things. Im hoping the next book will be better.
Date published: 2008-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!! (: This novel used action and romance in the perfect order, I was hooked from the moment i started reading. A great novel if you enjoy a thrilling pulse going through your blood from excitement. The moment I finished it I started Frost Bite (sequel), a must buy novel!! (: Rose has the recklessness you crave, and Lissa has the caring you dare to be. Soon being caught up in trouble can be a good thing as it can be bad.
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two Thumbs Up:) I found this book was amazing but it only started to pick up towards the middle/end of the book, however the begining of the book was still good although it did not have as much action as the ending, obviously. I strongly recomend you read this book if you liked Twilight. I lent this book to 4 of my friends and all of them enjoyed it. We are waiting for the third book to come out, shadow kissed, so we can hear more about Dimitri, Ahhh, his Russian accent! :)
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Between a C and a C+ Vampire Academy is a young adult book that I almost didn't finish. It was hard to get into, started off pretty boring actually. However, I stuck with it, and it did get better. I liked Vampire Academy because it was different than any other paranormal book I have read. It's not your typical Vamp storyline, which was a refreshing change. All the characters are interesting, likable, and once things picked up, then the story itself had a good flow to it. I'll give it a C/C+. The writing wasn't very strong. It contained more ly-adverbs than was necessary. Thats something that always annoys me. It just screams amature author which surprises me, becuase Succubus Blues had such good writing. The friendship between Rose and Lissa was heartwarming. It reminded me of my best friend, and that put a smile on my face :) If you want to read a young adult book with a bit of a twist on the Vamp front, then this is the book for you. However, if sloppy writing is something you can't get past, then skip this one. Try Succubus Blues instead. (SB is not YA though.)
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This was a fabulous read. Rose was a strong kick butt girl who wasn't afraid of anything. She was mature for her age and took no prisoners with her smart aleck attitude. She was just awesome. It had a totally different mythology than other vampire books that I've read - with the good guys and the bad guys being vamps. I loved it. I cannot wait for the next one. There is some talk about sex but not a whole lot of action and some drinking but nothing too crazy. I whole heartedly recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and AMAZING! This novel is pure genius! Mead captures the reader and brings you into an amazing new world, the world of Vampires. Full of action, deceit, love, drama, gossip and how can one forget Dimitri, a Russian God! Definitely way up there on my book list with Harry Potter, in fact, right beside it. This is definitely a book to read time and again, it made me laugh out loud (while I was on the bus as a matter of fact), it made me cry and so full of anticipation I nearly screamed! I cannot wait for the second book and I hope that Richelle Mead writes more than 7 Vampire Academy books.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampires! This book is great. Its about this girl's struggle to find who she wants to be while she protects her friend and her secret. There is also a bit of romance which makes this book a must read!
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA Addition to the Genre There are so many great elements to this novel but the overly "young adult" writing means that this might not be able to cross the same demographic lines that "Twilight" did. The story is so easy to get pulled into and you immediately feel for Rose and Lissa, all while being so curious about the what made them run away, and what's going on with the bond between the two. And I find that Mead handled the friendship between the two characters so well, when it could easily have spiraled into some mockery from fellow students. The "lesbian" angle wasn't played at all and it was quite touching the concern that two had for each other. The only ick factor for me was Rose's ability to connect and place herself in Lissa's mind. It felt too much like some easy plot or literary device that would conveniently allow the reader to see things both from Rose and Lissa's point of you. This could easily have been done by switching the narrators around, or just have it told by a third party narrator. The very "tween" feel the angst and drama that the girls go through might be something that turns older readers off... but is probably easily identifiable to the young adults the story is aimed at. Regardless, it does touch on some heavy subjects and could prove helpful to those in similar situations. Nonetheless, I find myself eagerly anticipating the next novel in the series... if only to see how Mead will progress with Rose's love interest.
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Well, when I began reading this book I just couldn't put it down! Its so funny, and yet so serious, and is just overall great. I get freaked about all the dead animals though! But still; GREAT book.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book sucked me in from the first page. It's explosive, captivating and hilarious. Once you pick it up, you can't put it down. I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2007-11-28

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Chapter 1I felt her fear before I heard her screams.Her nightmare pulsed into me, shaking me out of my own dream, which had had something to do with a beach and Orlando Bloom rubbing suntan oil on me. Images—hers, not mine—tumbled through my mind: fire and blood, the smell of smoke, the twisted metal of a car. The pictures wrapped around me, suffocating me, until some rational part of my brain reminded me that this wasn’t my dream.I woke up, strands of long, dark hair sticking to my forehead.Lissa lay in her bed, thrashing and screaming. I bolted out of mine, quickly crossing the few feet that separated us.“Liss,” I said, shaking her. “Liss, wake up.”Her screams dropped off, replaced by soft whimpers. “Andre,” she moaned. “Oh God.”I helped her sit up. “Liss, you aren’t there anymore. Wake up.”After a few moments, her eyes fluttered open, and in the dim lighting, I could see a flicker of consciousness start to take over. Her frantic breathing slowed, and she leaned into me, resting her head against my shoulder. I put an arm around her and ran a hand over her hair.“It’s okay,” I told her gently. “Everything’s okay.”“I had that dream.”“Yeah. I know.”We sat like that for several minutes, not saying anything else. When I felt her emotions calm down, I leaned over to the nightstand between our beds and turned on the lamp. It glowed dimly, but neither of us really needed much to see by. Attracted by the light, our housemate’s cat Oscar leapt up into the open window.He gave me a wide berth—animals don’t like dhampirs, for whatever reason—but jumped up on the bed and rubbed his head against Lissa, purring softly. Animals didn’t have a problem with Moroi, and they all loved Lissa in particular. Smiling, she scratched his chin, and I felt her calm further.“When did we last do a feeding?” I asked, studying her face. Her fair skin was paler than usual. Dark circles hung under her eyes, and there was an air of frailty about her. School had been hectic this week, and I couldn’t remember the last time I’d given her blood. “It’s been like . . . over two days, hasn’t it? Three? Why didn’t you say anything?”She shrugged and wouldn’t meet my eyes. “You were busy. I didn’t want to—;”“Screw that,” I said, shifting into a better position. No wonder she seemed so weak. Oscar, not wanting me any closer, leapt down and returned to the window, where he could watch at a safe distance. “Come on. Let’s do this.”“Rose—”“Come on. It’ll make you feel better.”I tilted my head and tossed my hair back, baring my neck. I saw her hesitate, but the sight of my neck and what it offered proved too powerful. A hungry expression crossed her face, and her lips parted slightly, exposing the fangs she normally kept hidden while living among humans. Those fangs contrasted oddly with the rest of her features. With her pretty face and pale blond hair, she looked more like an angel than a vampire.As her teeth neared my bare skin, I felt my heart race with a mix of fear and anticipation. I always hated feeling the latter, but it was nothing I could help, a weakness I couldn’t shake.Her fangs bit into me, hard, and I cried out at the brief flare of pain. Then it faded, replaced by a wonderful, golden joy that spread through my body. It was better than any of the times I’d been drunk or high. Better than sex—or so I imagined, since I’d never done it. It was a blanket of pure, refined pleasure, wrapping me up and promising everything would be right in the world. On and on it went. The chemicals in her saliva triggered an endorphin rush, and I lost track of the world, lost track of who I was.Then, regretfully, it was over. It had taken less than a minute.She pulled back, wiping her hand across her lips as she studied me. “You okay?”“I . . . yeah.” I lay back on the bed, dizzy from the blood loss. “I just need to sleep it off. I’m fine.”Her pale, jade-green eyes watched me with concern. She stood up. “I’m going to get you something to eat.”My protests came awkwardly to my lips, and she left before I could get out a sentence. The buzz from her bite had lessened as soon as she broke the connection, but some of it still lingered in my veins, and I felt a goofy smile cross my lips. Turning my head, I glanced up at Oscar, still sitting in the window.“You don’t know what you’re missing,” I told him.His attention was on something outside. Hunkering down into a crouch, he puffed out his jet-black fur. His tail started twitching.My smile faded, and I forced myself to sit up. The world spun, and I waited for it to right itself before trying to stand. When I managed it, the dizziness set in again and this time refused to leave. Still, I felt okay enough to stumble to the window and peer out with Oscar. He eyed me warily, scooted over a little, and then returned to whatever had held his attention.A warm breeze—unseasonably warm for a Portland fall—played with my hair as I leaned out. The street was dark and relatively quiet. It was three in the morning, just about the only time a college campus settled down, at least somewhat. The house in which we’d rented a room for the past eight months sat on a residential street with old, mismatched houses. Across the road, a streetlight flickered, nearly ready to burn out. It still cast enough light for me to make out the shapes of cars and buildings. In our own yard, I could see the silhouettes of trees and bushes.And a man watching me.I jerked back in surprise. A figure stood by a tree in the yard, about thirty feet away, where he could easily see through the window. He was close enough that I probably could have thrown something and hit him. He was certainly close enough that he could have seen what Lissa and I had just done.The shadows covered him so well that even with my heightened sight, I couldn’t make out any of his features, save for his height. He was tall. Really tall. He stood there for just a moment, barely discernible, and then stepped back, disappearing into the shadows cast by the trees on the far side of the yard. I was pretty sure I saw someone else move nearby and join him before the blackness swallowed them both.Whoever these figures were, Oscar didn’t like them. Not counting me, he usually got along with most people, growing upset only when someone posed an immediate danger. The guy outside hadn’t done anything threatening to Oscar, but the cat had sensed something, something that put him on edge.Something similar to what he always sensed in me.Icy fear raced through me, almost—but not quite—eradicating the lovely bliss of Lissa’s bite. Backing up from the window, I jerked on a pair of jeans that I found on the floor, nearly falling over in the process. Once they were on, I grabbed my coat and Lissa’s, along with our wallets. Shoving my feet into the first shoes I saw, I headed out the door.Downstairs, I found her in the cramped kitchen, rummaging through the refrigerator. One of our housemates, Jeremy, sat at the table, hand on his forehead as he stared sadly at a calculus book. Lissa regarded me with surprise.“You shouldn’t be up.”“We have to go. Now.”Her eyes widened, and then a moment later, understanding clicked in. “Are you . . . really? Are you sure?”I nodded. I couldn’t explain how I knew for sure. I just did.Jeremy watched us curiously. “What’s wrong?”An idea came to mind. “Liss, get his car keys.”He looked back and forth between us. “What are you—”Lissa unhesitatingly walked over to him. Her fear poured into me through our psychic bond, but there was something else too: her complete faith that I would take care of everything, that we would be safe. Like always, I hoped I was worthy of that kind of trust.She smiled broadly and gazed directly into his eyes. For a moment, Jeremy just stared, still confused, and then I saw the thrall seize him. His eyes glazed over, and he regarded her adoringly.“We need to borrow your car,” she said in a gentle voice. “Where are your keys?”He smiled, and I shivered. I had a high resistance to compulsion, but I could still feel its effects when it was directed at another person. That, and I’d been taught my entire life that using it was wrong. Reaching into his pocket, Jeremy handed over a set of keys hanging on a large red key chain.“Thank you,” said Lissa. “And where is it parked?”“Down the street,” he said dreamily. “At the corner. By Brown.” Four blocks away.“Thank you,” she repeated, backing up. “As soon as we leave, I want you to go back to studying. Forget you ever saw us tonight.”He nodded obligingly. I got the impression he would have walked off a cliff for her right then if she’d asked. All humans were susceptible to compulsion, but Jeremy appeared weaker than most. That came in handy right now.“Come on,” I told her. “We’ve got to move.”We stepped outside, heading toward the corner he’d named. I was still dizzy from the bite and kept stumbling, unable to move as quickly as I wanted. Lissa had to catch hold of me a few times to stop me from falling. All the time, that anxiety rushed into me from her mind. I tried my best to ignore it; I had my own fears to deal with.“Rose . . . what are we going to do if they catch us?” she whispered.“They won’t,” I said fiercely. “I won’t let them.”“But if they’ve found us—”“They found us before. They didn’t catch us then. We’ll just drive over to the train station and go to L.A. They’ll lose the trail.”I made it sound simple. I always did, even though there was nothing simple about being on the run from the people we’d grown up with. We’d been doing it for two years, hiding wherever we could and just trying to finish high school. Our senior year had just started, and living on a college campus had seemed safe. We were so close to freedom.She said nothing more, and I felt her faith in me surge up once more. This was the way it had always been between us. I was the one who took action, who made sure things happened—sometimes recklessly so. She was the more reasonable one, the one who thought things out and researched them extensively before acting. Both styles had their uses, but at the moment, recklessness was called for. We didn’t have time to hesitate.Lissa and I had been best friends ever since kindergarten, when our teacher had paired us together for writing lessons. Forcing five-year-olds to spell Vasilisa Dragomir and Rosemarie Hathaway was beyond cruel, and we’d—or rather, I’d—responded appropriately. I’d chucked my book at our teacher and called her a fascist bastard. I hadn’t known what those words meant, but I’d known how to hit a moving target.Lissa and I had been inseparable ever since.“Do you hear that?” she asked suddenly.It took me a few seconds to pick up what her sharper senses already had. Footsteps, moving fast. I grimaced. We had two more blocks to go.“We’ve got to run for it,” I said, catching hold of her arm.“But you can’t—”“Run.”It took every ounce of my willpower not to pass out on the sidewalk. My body didn’t want to run after losing blood or while still metabolizing the effects of her saliva. But I ordered my muscles to stop their bitching and clung to Lissa as our feet pounded against the concrete. Normally I could have outrun her without any extra effort—particularly since she was barefoot—but tonight, she was all that held me upright.The pursuing footsteps grew louder, closer. Black stars danced before my eyes. Ahead of us, I could make out Jeremy’s green Honda. Oh God, if we could just make it—Ten feet from the car, a man stepped directly into our path. We came to a screeching halt, and I jerked Lissa back by her arm. It was him, the guy I’d seen across the street watching me. He was older than us, maybe mid-twenties, and as tall as I’d figured, probably six-six or six-seven. And under different circumstances—say, when he wasn’t holding up our desperate escape—I would have thought he was hot. Shoulder-length brown hair, tied back into a short ponytail. Dark brown eyes. A long brown coat like horse riders wore, not quite a trench coat. A duster, I thought it was called.But his hotness was irrelevant now. He was only an obstacle keeping Lissa and me away from the car and our freedom. The footsteps behind us slowed, and I knew our pursuers had caught up. Off to the sides, I detected more movement, more people closing in. God. They’d sent almost a dozen guardians to retrieve us. I couldn’t believe it. The queen herself didn’t travel with that many.Panicked and not entirely in control of my higher reasoning, I acted out of instinct. I pressed up to Lissa, keeping her behind me and away from the man who appeared to be the leader.“Leave her alone,” I growled. “Don’t touch her.”His face was unreadable, but he held out his hands in what was apparently supposed to be some sort of calming gesture, like I was a rabid animal he was planning to sedate.“I’m not going to—”He took a step forward. Too close.I attacked him, leaping out in an offensive maneuver I hadn’t used in two years, not since Lissa and I had run away. The move was stupid, another reaction born of instinct and fear. And it was hopeless. He was a skilled guardian, not a novice who hadn’t finished his training. He also wasn’t weak and on the verge of passing out.And man, was he fast. I’d forgotten how fast guardians could be, how they could move and strike like cobras. He knocked me off as though brushing away a fly, and his hands slammed into me and sent me backwards. I don’t think he meant to strike that hard—probably just intended to keep me away—but my lack of coordination interfered with my ability to respond. Unable to catch my footing, I started to fall, heading straight toward the sidewalk at a twisted angle, hip-first. It was going to hurt. A tOnly it didn’t.Just as quickly as he’d blocked me, the man reached out and caught my arm, keeping me upright. When I’d steadied myself, I noticed he was staring at me—or, more precisely, at my neck. Still disoriented, I didn’t get it right away. Then, slowly, my free hand reached up to the side of my throat and lightly touched the wound Lissa had made earlier. When I pulled my fingers back, I saw slick, dark blood on my skin. Embarrassed, I shook my hair so that it fell forward around my face. It was thick and long and completely covered my neck. I’d grown it out for precisely this reason.The guy’s dark eyes lingered on the now-covered bite a moment longer and then met mine. I returned his look defiantly and quickly jerked out of his hold. He let me go, though I knew he could have restrained me all night if he’d wanted. Fighting the nauseating dizziness, I backed toward Lissa again, bracing myself for another attack. Suddenly, her hand caught hold of mine. “Rose,” she said quietly. “Don’t.”Her words had no effect on me at first, but calming thoughts gradually began to settle in my mind, coming across through the bond. It wasn’t exactly compulsion—she wouldn’t use that on me—but it was effectual, as was the fact that we were hopelessly outnumbered and outclassed. Even I knew this would be pointless. The tension left my body, and I sagged in defeat.Sensing my resignation, the man stepped forward, turning his attention to Lissa. His face was calm. He swept her a bow and managed to look graceful doing it, which surprised me considering his height. “My name is Dimitri Belikov,” he said. I could hear a faint Russian accent. “I’ve come to take you back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, Princess.”