Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Published Date: May 26, 2009
Publisher: Razorbill / Penguin Group
Buy It Link: Amazon
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I am so happy I finally broke down, found the time to read this book and did it!
The book primarily focuses on Lissa, a Vampire Princess, and her guardian, Rose, a half-human Dhampir, both teenagers. They are on the run from a perceived threat when they are caught and dragged back to the academy they were in, St. Vladimir's. During the course of the story, Lissa and Rose both exhibit rather unusual abilities, even for their races, one that put them in even more danger.
While this is a vampire book, the author provides a spin on the vampire genre that keeps it interesting and fresh. The writing has enough suspense and action from the very beginning to keep me reading, and wanting to know what will happen. The sub-plot behind St. Vladimir himself was a really nice twist to the entire book, and fleshed out the storyline nicely.
I hope I find more time to read the next in the series to see how it progresses.