Series: Vampire Academy #1
Published by Penguin Books Limited on February 4th 2010
Genres: Young Adult, General
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It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven't felt quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all . . . might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world - and make her choose between the two people she loves most.
I know, I know. I have JUST recently read the Vampire Academy series. Shannon at Twilight Sleep and Judith at Paper Riot persuaded me to get the book to read and I absolutely loved it!
First thing I’ll address is that there’s a lot of people who mention similarities from VA to Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant series and consequently don’t like one or the other. I’ll just say that sure, there’s a half thing going on, and yes, there’s a school where they go and train in both series. There’s some similarities but to me, none that detracted from the stories themselves. I adore the Covenant series and also VA! After the first book, the stories really do go in very different directions. So, don’t let that dissuade you from checking out either series!
Anyway. In the Vampire Academy world there are Moroi and dhampirs. What are they? Dhampirs are half vampire and half human. They have traits from both sides — they can walk in the sun but have greater strength than humans. Moroi are “good” vampires — they live normally and don’t kill for their food. They’re born, not made. So what are made? Strigoi. They can be considered “bad” vampires. You have to choose to kill and turn into one or are forcibly turned into one by a Strigoi. They are feared (obviously) and the dhampirs train to be guardians for the Moroi against the Strigoi.
Rose Hathaway is a dhampir and is best friends with Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi and the last remaining member of the royal Dragomir line. I loved Rose! She is the fiercest fighter and extremely loyal. She acts before she thinks, is rash and has a mouth that continuously gets her in trouble but she has the best intentions. She would die to protect her best friend.
Rose is such a kick ass character. Her motivation to be the best guardian that she can be to protect Lissa helps drive her to train until she catches up for two lost years of training at school. She did have extra training lessons though — from her new mentor, a guardian named Dimitri Belikov.
Dimitri. Standing at 6’7, and fantastically built, he is the most awesome bad ass warrior guardian. There is something so terribly alluring about his incredible fighting skills and a man who can earn the reputation of being a “warrior god”. He is strong, emotionally controlled, seven years older than Rose. He is her mentor and she should not be attracted to him. But let’s be honest, who really could be immune to this amazing specimen of a dhampir? And I am always a proponent of forbidden love.
I fell for Dimitri as Rose fell for him. I love that he’s so amazing at what he does and that he will place his job and Rose over himself.
I loved the story and got really wrapped up in it. I kiinda wish I could go to St. Vladimir’s Academy. Hey, it’d be kind of cool. Minus the whole danger aspect. =\
My absolute FAVORITE line:
“If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.”
Ahhhh! Cue heart melting. So much love for Dimitri. <3
I’ll be posting reviews for the rest of the books in the series! They’ll be more my reactions to the books instead of “reviews” since I figure most of you guys have read it already. So keep an eye out for those!
If you have not read Vampire Academy — go read it right now! =)