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Vampire Academy Signature Edition: A Vampire Academy Novel
, 2009 - 352 pages
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One of the Better Teen Vampire Novels
This teen vamp series has a good story, interesting characters that are developed pretty well, and is pretty action packed.
I'd recommend it for upper teens and on.
MUST READ! 9.5 out of 10
**taken from my blog: [...]**
I saw this book at the Barnes and Noble I always went to for months before I decided to give it a try... Unfortunately, the cover just didn't catch me like others did. But I wasn't having any luck with those types actually having any decent content. Luckily, this turned out to be a "don't judge a book by it's cover" moment. I was in a reading rut and grasping at straws by this point. This book is... WOW [and no, not World Of Warcraft]. Richelle Mead did a wonderful job creating an alternate reality inside of our own world that included
s, damphirs and the undead [aka Strigoi]. She makes it easy to relate to the characters despite the major differences [like the whole blood-sucking or butt-kicking thing].
The two main characters, Rose Hathaway and Vasalissa Dragomir have an incredible bond that is unlike anything you will experience. The way that Rose wants to protect Lissa is so selfless. It makes you re-evaluate your relationship with your own best friend, and see how inadequate you are in comparison.
The romance is very well done for a YA. It's both loving and frustrating then is tied up in a little "craving more" bow. You will fall in love with the love interest by the 3rd time you "meet" him. I couldn't read Vampire
quick enough. But, I didn't want it to end as quick as it did either. I was only able to allow myself to finish when I realized there was a 2nd one, and it was out!
Vampire Academy pumps you up to the point where you want to go out and kick some butt [and laugh while doing it]. I was completely shocked by the "bad guy". Which is saying something. My #1 can predict the ending to just about every movie and book, so he's taught me well. And I didn't see this coming.
One thing I really liked is that either Richelle Mead is a complete genius [not discounting that idea at all], or she just really has her stuff together. Because I couldn't find ANY holes and yet, I couldn't stop wondering what was going to happen next. The back-story laced throughout the current made sense and was completely valid. It didn't seem like she just made up some lame excuse that was a split second decision and assumed we the reader would be dumb. Instead, it was a building thing that was described in a matter of pages. Usually that's where you can find unanswered questions.
The characters had depth and personality. Rose kicks butt, Lissa is caring, Dimitri is... well.. besides sexy... he's mysterious and dangerous, Christian is like the kid I would have loved to hang out with in high school [the one that doesn't waste his words, is snarky when he does talk, independent and doesn't care what you think about him--but he'll give you the "I'm-gonna-eat-your-babies" look if you talk badly about someone he cares about], and Mason is the insecure flirt. Oh boy... There's just so much awesomeness wrapped up in this book.
One of my favorite quotes: [Rose to Dimitri] "You beat up your dad when you were thirteen?"
I would have added everything about Dimitri, buuuuut, the whole book would be in this review. I just thought that quote summed up how bad-a he is ;).
I recommend this book to EVERYONE.
1. Cover +.5
2. Hooked: +1
3. Finished the book: +1
4. Overall Feeling: Pos: +2
5. Re-readability: +1
6. Suggest to others: +2
7. Lost time: NOPE +1
8. Readability: +1
9.5 out of 10 possible points. I so wish I could give it the full 10 out of 10, because the content overpowered the cover [at least the old cover]... but, that wouldn't be the honest thing to do. But hey, if the cover's all that I couldn't grasp, that's one wicked-awesome book!
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I loved the
series and would recommend the series to anyone who loves a girl with a whole lot of sponk! It action packed with a little bit of love thrown in! Cant wait till the next book comes out!
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