Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Narrator: Stephanie Wolf
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Date Read: August 2014
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Prepare to be Tested.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
Hit Theaters February 7th, 2014!
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Spirit Bound, Gameboard of the Gods, The Immortal Crown, Vampire Academy br> br>
Also in this series: Vampire Academy, Spirit Bound, Vampire Academy
Read(2014)/Listened(2010) for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00(2010)/3.50(2014)
Story Rating: 4.00 (2010)/3.50(2014)
Character Rating: 4.00 (2010)/3.50 (2014)
Audio Rating: 4.00 (2010)
New Thoughts circa 2014:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead didn’t hold up as well as I hoped on reread but it was still a good start to the series. I remember the books getting better as the series went a long. Plus, my favorite characters haven’t even made an appearance yet!
Original Review circa 2010:
What I Loved: This is one of the rare YA novels where neither of the lead characters got on my nerves, in fact they were both appealing and engaging. Their relationships with each other (best friends) and others were well written and fun to read. They were teenagers, they did some very “teenage” like things, but they were not annoying. The pacing of the story was fantastic and kept me interested until the very end.What I Liked: I really enjoyed the twist on the vampiric lore and how it works in this society. The secondary characters were well rounded and served to work the storyline further. The plot was well though out and didn’t leave that “where are they going with this” feeling.
What was “Sorta OK”: The only complaint was at very the beginning it felt like “jumping” into a story already progress. It took awhile before I felt “caught up”.
Narrated By Stephanie Wolf / Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Stephanie did a pretty good job with Vampire Academy. This is the only one that she narrated though so don’t get to used to her narration.
Why it got a 4: The book is very enjoyable to read: fast paced, quick, engaging, and funny (at times). I would recommend this to older YA readers (PG13 type of rating) and any adult who enjoys PNR. Overall, just a book to not miss!
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