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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

On the Back of the Book

Lissa Dragomir is a mortal vampire.

She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all - the ones who will never die.

Rose Hathaway is Lissa's best friend - and her bodyguard.

Now, after two years of illicit freedom, they've been dragged back inside the iron gates of St. Vladimir's Academy. The girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals -

But above all, they must never let their guard down lest the immortal vampires take Lissa - forever

My Thoughts

I actually don't know where to start with this book, so I think I'll be blunt: I didn't like it. The main problem is the lack of plot, I mean is it too much to ask that something happens, I did just pay £6.99 for it. For me 332 pages of Rose being horrible to anyone and everyone is just too much for me to take. The story dragged as there were chapters were events didn't go forward, this made the chapters seem impossibly long. I mean with YA books, the chapters either have to be short, or feel short, it's meant to be something you can easily read. Pages of the book didn't make sense, I found myself going back, trying to figure out what I'd missed only to find the author hadn't been clear in the first place.

Now on to Rose: I detested her. She is one of the worst female leads that I've ever come across. She's rude, she's a bully, she's a bit of a slapper, she's inconsiderate, she's selfish, she's shallow and sahe's a whole host of other things that I'm too tired to put. At points I didn't feel like her relationship with Lissa was real and she was just using her to get in with the royals. Also her actions when it came to Lissa and Christian were unacceptable. What kind of friend chases away the only person who makes them happy? A bad one.

Do I think this book would be better from Lissa's POV? In all honesty, no I don't. However I think I like her more than I like Rose so the book would have been less irritating. In a perfect world though this book would have had alternating POV's of Lissa and Rose.

Overall, I really wasn't impressed. The characters that were good were overshadowed by my hatred of Rose. The plot didn't really go anywhere until the last couple of chapters. I would have liked the back story in italics so then I knew what was past and what was present. It got confusing at points. I did like Dimitri and Christian though. They were much more interesting than the girls.

My Rating

2.5 stars - Believe it or not, that's me being generous. I can see the potential of the initial idea. I don't think I will like the end result though, I never do. There were way too many cons for me to give it a 3. The story made me annoyed though. It evoked something and that means it can't all be bad.

A Final Note

There's some violence and a bit of swearing. There are also a couple of scenes where Rose gets it on. Not recommended for under 14s.

  • Book summary from the back of the book

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