Friday, May 21, 2010

: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead :

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous 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; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...

I bought this book after seeing the ads on TV and after my niece Cassie told me about it. She told me she loved it more than Twilight ... so that really sparked my interest. So I settle down, start reading, and felt myself feeling flat ... there didn't seem to be the grab that I expected. But the further I read, I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen between Rose and Dimitri, and what was really going on with Lissa. Was she really going to hook up with Christian? I never saw the action at the end coming ... so that was a pleasant surprise.

All in all ... I would give this book a 6/10 ... maybe a little harsh ... but I must admit, all the way through I was comparing it to Twilight ... sorry

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