Format: Audiobook, eBook
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Narrator: Stephanie Wolf
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Date Read: April 2016
Genre: Paranormal, YA
ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
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…
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)/ 3.50 (2016)
Story Rating: 4.00 (2010)/3.50(2014)/ 3.50 (2016)
Character Rating: 4.00 (2010)/3.50 (2014)/ 3.50 (2016)
Audio Rating: 4.00 (2010)–pretty much the same for 2014/2016
New Thoughts circa 2016:
I did a relisten for Dewey’s ReadaThon since I was on the road. I had forgotten how much I think the secondary characters (aka why I can’t wait to finish my reread and start the spinoff) were really what carried the series for me! This is my summer reread series so we will see how I feel overall towards Rose at the end!
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!