Vampire Academy #1 Book Review

18660669Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead

Blurb (GR): 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 . .

I haven’t done a review in such a long time. I feel a little guilty because my review count has been pretty low, and I haven’t been doing a review in such a long time. I’m thinking of posting one more review today. Anyway, Vampire Academy was a horrible book for me. On goodreads I said that it was really good book. I TAKE THAT BACK! I really hate this book. It’s weird to see that my reading interest has changed. There were a lot of factors that played in to my disliking of this book, and most of it was because of the characters, and plot.


Richelle Mead’s character was a bit underdeveloped, and most of them (cough, cough Rose, cough, cough) were annoying.

Rose Hathaway – I’m pretty sure Richelle Mead was aiming for a smart, sassy, tough, snarky character. What she made was an annoying, loud, and obnoxious character. That’s Rose Hathaway summed for you. I feel like Rose is not being herself, that this isn’t what she intended to do, or say, or act. Rose makes it seem like it’s just a facade. It’s all a game, and her way of thinking is just so weird. I just couldn’t connect with her on many reasons, and one of them was her way of thinking. She acts very stupid, around Demitri. She’s obssesed with Lissa. I don’t like it that Rose is always hovering, if she gave Lissa a chance, it would’ve been better.

Lissa Dargomir – Lissa seems like a pretty weak character. Since, it is told from Rose’s point of view, and Rose seems pretty obsessed with Lissa’s safety, she makes Lissa like a pretty weak character. And also, like I said Richelle’s characters seem under developed.


For 2 years Rose Hathaway, and Valissa Dargomir have been on the run form a painful past, and the people of Vampire Academy. Now, they’ve finally been caught.  Vampire Academy is a school for royals like Lissa who are Moroi (Royals) too learn about their heritage, and for Dhamphirs like Rose to learn how to fight and protect Moroi from evil, and immortal vampires Strigoi. Rose must keep herslef, and her heart in check, before she can land herself, and her best friend in dangerous lands.

The pacing in this was very confusing. The action scene’s are very small, and very fast, but that happened mostly toward the ending. In the beginning, it was actually well-paced, and started like a good book. Subtle changes can be noted in the middle, and in a lot during the end.

Mostly, this book was a high-school drama with a paranormal twist. I expected more of a dramatic turn of events, but that did not come. The ending was a little to happy for a vampire story. And I wasn’t completely satasfied with this book. I heard great reviews about this book.


Like I said earlier, it was a very unpaced novel. Really confusing, and could’ve been improved. Since, it was in the point of view of Rose, I tend to find it very annoying.






3 thoughts on “Vampire Academy #1 Book Review

  1. I love The Vampire Academy series. But I totally agree with you, as the book progresses, Rose is just being dumb and stupid about Dmitri (wait ’till you read book 3 or book 4 i mean literally you’ll scream at her for making stupid decisions). But Lisa’s character is actually developed throughout the series. She became this strong and unyielding character that everyone loves. I actually ended up liking Lisa more than Rose at the end of the series! You should give it a chance if you have the time! 🙂

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