Alex’s Review of “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead

About Alex’s Review of “Vampire Academy” on The Book Brontosaurus

‘Vampire Academy’ is one of my favorite books. I recently asked Kayla to read it but she said no seeing as she saw the movie first. Then I asked her to read it with me and she finally said yes! This is what I thought of the book after rereading it as an adult. I hope you enjoy!” – Alex

Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Book Cover

Book Information:

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Page Count: 352
Release Date: August 7, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill

Content Warning: Self-harm

Book Summary:
“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.”

Overall Rating and Review Blurb

4.5 star rating
“Vampire Academy” gets 4.5 Tree Stars from me.
A great read for anyone in the mood for forbidden romance, friendship and not your typical vampires.

Readability: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 4
Wow Factor: 4

Book Review for “Vampire Academy”

Disclaimer: This review comes after rereading the book. I had originally read Vampire academy when it came out in 2007 and I have seen the movie.

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts)

It’s been 10 years since I read this book, which is crazy to me (where did the time go?). The first chapter still grabs my attention just like it did originally. Something I loved was Rose’s friendship with Lissa . You could tell even in the first chapter that their friendship was special and I wanted to learn more about it.

Thoughts After Reading

Ten years ago if you would have asked me what I rated this book, it would have been 5 stars. While it still holds a special place in my heart, I am going to knock a star off because Rose on occasion annoyed me. Some of her choices definitely showed her age just as Dimitri would sometimes mentioned in the book. She learned from her mistakes and I still loved her as a strong female lead. Lissa, Christian, and Mason also made the book fun to read.

“I find more peace with you.”

“Vampire Academy”, Richelle Mead

While it was forbidden I love the romance between Rose and Dimitri. Their love had a slow burn, but I loved watching them slowly fall for each other and try to keep everything professional. I also really loved that it wasn’t all about fiery passion. They had really had an understanding about each other.

“The battle cry sort of gave you away. Try not to yell next time.”

“Vampire Academy”, Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead’s world building really interested me. I like that there were two different kinds of vampires in the book. The Moroi are much more peaceful and the Strigoi are what most literary vampires are described as. Rose and Dimitri being Dhampir meant that they are trained to protect the Moroi. Their training scenes were always my favorite.

“And then suddenly he was there, charging down the hallway like death in a cowboy duster.”

“Vampire Academy”, Richelle Mead

This one quote is by far my favorite in the whole bok and has stuck with me for all these years. I applaud Richelle for the ridiocols of this statement while still getting a clear picture who Dimitri is and why he should be feared as a guardian.

Final Thoughts

In the end, I still love this book and would recommend it to readers who enjoy a good vampire novel and I will continue my reread of the rest of the series. If you my thoughts on the rest of the series check out my goodreads here

To read Kayla’s review of “Vampire Academy”, you can find it here.
To read our shared review of “Vampire Academy”, click here.
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