Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Bk 1) by Richelle Mead
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.
I’ve heard that this series was good for a while and have had the first book for about a month, but honestly, I’m getting a little tired of all the vampires in YA books. I think Twilight and House of Night burned me out and left me uninterested. I’ve started the Morganville Vampire series and thought it was alright, but I couldn’t bring myself to start this series.
So after much prompting from my friend Nicole, I started it. I’m so glad I did! This book is so different from any of the other vampire books I’ve read recently. I really liked Rose. I like that she’s strong and a fighter. She’s willing to put “normal teenage things” on hold to be better a better guardian. There were a couple times when Lissa annoyed me, but for the most part, I liked her. I love Dimitri, too. I am excited to read the rest of the series!
Richelle Mead is one of the authors I should get to meet at the Decatur Book Festival.