Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I am rereading the Vampire academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, and as I need things to write about here i have decided to write book reviews on them 5 years after i originally read them.

Vampire Acdemy is a series of 6 books written by Richelle Mead, the first book in the series Vampire Academy was published in 2007.

The synopsis:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

I read Vampire Academy for the first time when I was in 7th grade, and as I am now a senior in high school, I was nervous that this book wouldn’t live up to the picture i had of it in my head.Vampire Academy was one of the first books i read when i started taking reading more seriously, and from Blood Promise on it was some of the first books i read in English.

Now did it live up to the expectations I had of it? Yes, overall i would say it did. I didn’t remember much of the plot apart from the major plot points going into it, but i still knew how the book ended. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it lived up to the glorified picture i had built up of it in my mind, but regardless i still love the book, and it’ll continue to be one of my favourites.

I found the best part of the book to be the lore, the three different kinds of vampires that Mead creates, have always been interesting to me. It differs a lot from the vampire lore we often see in young adult literature, and in any literature really. But it still manages to hold on to the folklore and myths that vampires come from.

Moroi being a type of vampire or ghost seen in Romanian folklore. Strigoi being troubled spirits who rise from the dead, also seen in Romanian folklore. And Dhampirs being a product of the union between vampires and vampires seen in Balkan folklore.

It’s clear that Mead did a lot of research on vampires, and the lore that surrounds them before writing this book. This adds an element of it almost being believable and reasonable when you read it.

Another thing Mead did amazingly, was her portrayal of mental illness (which gets touched on even more in later books). It’s part of the reason why I was so drawn to it when i was, because i may have read it expecting a fluffy vampire book, but instead what i got was characters i related to on a whole new level. Lissa for me was one of the first characters I ever felt represented by, and while i may not relate as much to her anymore, I will never forgot the effect Vasilissa Dragomir had on me when i was a depressed 13-year-old.

It’s one of my favourite series and it will probably always stay that way, so I really don’t have much negative to say since i am so biased towards it.



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