“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/345627.Vampire_Academy)
I know this series has been around for quite a while. For some reason, I never got around to reading it. Then, because I needed a book title starting with the letter V (for a spelling challenge), I finally decided to read it. And I read this book asking myself why it took me so long to read it.
In fact, I started reading the Bloodlines series before this one. I know, crazy. And now, I reckon I have one more series for my 2014 Series Challenge!
My biggest issue with this book was the info dump on the world building. Because I can never, ever, remember everything that is told during an info dump, this meant that, while I read Vampire Academy, I kept getting Moroi, Strigoi and dhampirs mixed. At times, I had to stop reading to try and remember who was who and what that meant.
Other than that, I found it to be a really good book. It’s a different tack on vampires, that’s for sure, which is always a nice surprise (especially after Twilight and its vegetarian vampires). Rose was a very strong character, not at all a damsel in distress, and I loved seeing her with Dimitri. I can’t wait for them to actually get together. Lissa didn’t impress me as much, I’m not sure why.
The ending was quite surprising for me, as I did not see it coming.
Rating: 4 out of 5