Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Vampire Academy - Review & Movie Preview

Title Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author Richelle Mead
Genre YA Paranormal
Publisher  Razorbill
Publishing Date August 16, 2007
How I Got This Book Half Price Bookstore
Paperback 332
Stand alone or Series Vampire Academy #1

(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)

Not Your Ordinary Vampire Novel

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

I also wanted to share the trailer for the movie, if you've been living under a rock and DON'T know this book has been made for the big screen. I am so excited for this movie!!

Out Friday, February 7th, 2014 -- I'm buying my ticket right now, have you?

Fantastical characters struggling with real world issues like bullying, depression and cutting -- All things I was pleasantly surprised to see while reading this novel. It's refreshing to show characters who are dealing with issues that are unheard of, like surviving a Strigori attack, and at the same time showing the "human" side of the characters. Everyone suffers from depression at some point, why not fictional characters as well?

I loved the fast pace, the kick-ass main character (and her I-couldn't-give-a-shit attitude). It's characters like Rose who make me feel like the female population is taking huge strides to secure our position as the alpha gender!

My biggest problem with this book is the cover art. Bleck! There's too much going on in the picture, the main character of the cover blends in with the background when the actual main character does anything but blend in. Lastly, it really bothers me that her boobs are being spiked with the rod-iron gate. (my book has a sticker over the girls face, can't really fault the publisher or author for that... but it's annoying.)

The beginning of the book was confusing and all happened too fast for me. Probably, after reading the book, I could go back and everything would make perfect sense. Since the first few pages is crucial to readers, I do have to dock points for that.

Lastly, the villain was a little lame (pun not intended). I really did feel like the villain was causing waves more like a clicky high school girl and less like a dangerous, mysterious assailant. 

Rating: A

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About the Author
Richelle Mead
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved 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. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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