Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Date Published: August 16th 2007
Genre: Young Adult
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.
Dhampir are half-vampires and guardians to the Moroi, or mortal vampires. Rose is a Dhampir or at least training to be and her best friend Lissa is a Moroi and a very important one at that. At the beginning Lissa and Rose are on the run but from who exactly? From what? They are running from the people that want to keep them safe from the Strigoi, the most evil undead.
The Strigoi feed on the blood of innocents. Are the Strigoi really the only ones coming after Lissa?
This book is full of mystery and the unraveling of the story is so intriguing. It is a dark, mysterious and at the same time has its typical high school drama type of stuff going on and I know what you might be thinking, deal breaker right there right? Well trust me I would have thought the same thing but to be honest, it is very different, very mature. Yes mature, I felt this book was a little more mature than most vampire books in the Young Adult genre, maybe it’s just me. The ending is unbelievable by the way as well, something to look forward to if you are planning to read it. There really isn't anything negative to say about this book. Great beginning for a series.
I recommend this book for people who are into vampire books… okay I will say this now and please no one hit me, yes this book is way better than Twilight. The story is better and the characters are better. Yes even the guys in this story are better. Don’t believe me? Read it!
Again, forgive me for comparing.