Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Publication Date: August, 16, 2007
Paperback 332 pgs
The main character Rose Hathaway is a strong female lead who is not only fiercely loyal but she has the skills to back up that loyalty. Lissa is Rose's gentle best friend, but like Rose she is strong and just as loyal to Rose as Rose is to her. Richelle Mead creates a world where not all vampires are good. The evil Strigoi are immortal and out to destroy the Moroi and Dhampirs. Strigoi are stronger and faster so taking them down is not easy. Dhampir's like Rose train hard to be able to defend the Moroi and with Rose it's more personal since she wants to guard her best friend, who is the last of her family line. In Vampire Academy not only are the girls trying to navigate high school but they also have to deal with a predator who is out to get them both. Since Rose and Lissa left school Rose must catch up, with her training, so that she even stands a chance of graduating and getting the assignment she wants most. Along with all the craziness Rose and Lissa are also dealing with a bond that they don't really understand.
To say I really love this series is a vast understatement. I have re-read it a few times I won't mention how many because I'm honestly not sure, but it's a lot. I devoured this book and read it in one sitting. I promptly went out and bought the other books in the series that were available. I love the world and characters that Richelle Mead has created with Vampire Academy. You have a smart, strong, independent main character in Rose. The type of female lead I love reading about. She has a complicated life which includes her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Rose would protect with her life. A new super hot instructor, Dimitri. All of these elements add together to create an interesting story. This is the type of series I find myself completely engrossed in. The characters feel real with flaws and strengths just like those of us in the real world. I find myself thinking what's going to happen next. If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend that you do. I absolutely loved it!
I like the cover but I don't love it. For me it doesn't represent all that the novel involves. Plus I'm not sure who the girl on the cover is supposed to be. If it's Rose shouldn't she have really dark brown hair, hair that's nearly black. It gets confusing.