Publication Date: August 2007
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. (from Goodreads)
I have no idea why I waited so long to read this one. I bought a copy ages ago but it just sat on my shelf. When I finally did pick it up - pretty much couldn't put it down until I was done! So so so good! Now I know why so many people were going fangirl ga ga at BEA over meeting Richelle :)
These days, young adult vampire stories are pretty much everywhere. Vampire Academy, to me, stands out from the crowd. Everything was spot on - the character development, the setting, the fantastic world Richelle created -- I loved it all. One of the cool things, I thought, was the fact that we pretty much get all vampires in this story. It's a vampire cultural documentary :)
If you haven't started this series, and you like vampire stories - good vampire stories - you need to pick up a copy of Vampire Academy, With 6 books in the series - I can't wait to see where Richelle will lead me next!
5 / 5 Stars
The Vampire Academy Series:
1. Vampire Academy
3. Shadow Kiss
4. Blood Promise
5. Spirit Bound
6. Last Sacrifice (December 7, 2010)
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