Rating: 5 stars
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous 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; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s–but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy’s iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever…
I was really impressed by Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I hadn’t thought I’d like it (which I guess this proves I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s “theme”), and I ended up reading it every moment I could spare. I loved how Richelle Mead wrote the book from Rose’s perspective, I would think most authors would write the book from the princess/royale POV rather than her protector’s. I thought I added so much more to the book. I absolutely just loved Rose’s character, at times she was such a badass and at others she was the perfect, sweet girl. Plus, the writing was a rather fresh take on vampires, which was another thing that really kept me interested. The relationship between Rose and Dimitri was so enthralling, which if I might add, Dimitri is like the hottest character!, and was definately another thing that kept the pages flying. This is definately a MUST read!
The next book in the series will be one of the next books I read!