Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Penguin Young Readers Group | December 31, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Vampire Academy is rated 4.4483 out of 5 by 58.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595143602

ISBN - 13: 9781595143600

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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 series...it 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: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/04/vampire-academy-by-richelle-mead/
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 boring...lol! 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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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595143602

ISBN - 13: 9781595143600

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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
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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.

About the Author

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 bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel. Visit www.RichelleMead.com to find out more.