Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Vampire Academy, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A hilarious, sexy mystery, Vampire Academy is the first in a new series that promises to be even better as it goes on--I loved it!
Rose Hathaway is a dhampir: a half-vampire, half-human teen who guards her best friend, Princess Lissa Dragomir--the girls have run away from the Vampire Academy, from a secret that haunts them both. But after two years, they are caught, and both girls are brought back, kicking and screaming. Suddenly, odd things keep happening: animals are dying, and neither girl knows who to trust, even as they fall in love.
What I enjoyed:
-Rose, and her badass attitude
-Lissa, and her sweet, kind nature
-Dimitri, stern and strict and somehow still relatable
-The pacing of the novel, it flew--I can't wait for Frostbite!
-The mystery that was wrapped up in romance throughout the novel
-The sizzling romance between Rose and Dimitri, and Lissa and Christian
-The way the mythology of the novel still stays true to vampire lore
What I didn't enjoy:
I really, really, really loved Vampire Academy--it was great, and I especially loved Rose--more please! For those of you who love romance, action, and badass girls, pick up Vampire Academy! Next on deck: After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel!