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Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide (Vampire Academy)

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  19,318 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Prepare to be Tested.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
Read it Before it Hits Theaters February 14th, 2014!

The official guide to the #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series

Sink your teeth into the perfect holiday gift and must-have collector's item for every fan of Richelle Mead's to...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 (first published November 23rd 2011)
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♔ Leah.
This book is shit. You fucking call this "The Ultimate Guide?", motherfucker please. It's basically a written masturbatory piece over Rose/Dimitri with shit that we already know about other fucking characters and tries to justify the cheating in the books by making them look all preshious~~~ and angelic~~~ Did I also mention how amazing Dimitri and Rose are?? And how awesome they are, soaking in eachother's awesomeness? OMFGz!!!111

It's so shit, it made my chemistry textbook look like porn.

Katie Q
Sep 05, 2011 Katie Q marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The first vampire book I have read was addicted to it but then got over it. BUT THIS!...well let's just say when I saw they Richelle Mead was making an ultimate guide I instantly lusted for this book to be MINE. Twilight was, is and never will be in the same level as Vampire Academy.
I was disappointed to say the least and I LOVE vampire academy. The book should be titled the ultimate vampire academy summary. I think the book would be ideal for people who have read the first book of the series and are unsure about continuing the series. But beware of spoilers because this book is a very precise recount of the vampire academy series like you get the entire vampire academy 6 book series compiled into 200 over pages which may not seem a lot but then you realize that the ultimat...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Calling all FANS of Vampire Academy. Do you think you know everything about Vampire Academy? About Rose, Lissa, Dimitri? We'll look no further than this guide. It will give you insider information that you didn't know and NEED to know!

I love Vampire Academy. The series itself is amazing written and the way the plot unfolds with each book only brings the reader closer the school then they can ever imagine. I am a big and avid fan of Vampire Academy and even though the series has ended, this is a...more
Ta§chima Cullen
I never understand the need for guides when the fans have already read the books and know everything they need and want to know about their characters... but then again I will probably buy it cause I am a fan and I want to have every single book in this series (even though this is not actually a part of it). It's just a way to make money out of a very popular series I know, they are not fooling me. I'm still buying it.
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If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, this Ultimate Guide is a must-have! With book summaries, in-depth character profiles, insights into the vampire world, an exclusive Q&A with Richelle Mead and so much more, you'll easily lose yourself in the familiar memories you have of this fabulous series.

The six book recaps take up about two-thirds of the guide and are 30 pages long each, with Richelle Mead preceding each one with an explanatio...more
To be honest, I expected a whole lot more of this book! I mean, Vampire Academy has to be my favorite series ever, so the guide HAS to be awesome, right?
Wrong, this book was so disappointing. On the summary, it mentioned exclusive secrets and a lot of juicy stuff which it failed to deliver.
Throughout the beginning and middle, she just wrote a summary of all the books adding to about 200 pages! No juicy stuff, just a brief summary. Of course, if we're reading the guide, we already know all of th...more
Tracy T.
As an Ultimate Guide, this guide fell short. The first 75% is an extremely in depth, chapter by chapter recap of all the books. Now, if you're a fan of the Vampire Academy books, then chances are, you don't need the recap. The last 25% are character profiles and some background about St. Vladimir's and the Moroi Royal Court. Personally, I would have loved to learn more about the world of Vampire Academy.
Wanted the dirt. Got a Spark Notes overview of the series instead with an unwanted Squee Mob slant that made me twitchy. There are some writers I never want to hear talk about their creations for one reason or another and this author is one of them.
Oct 29, 2011 Irina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book begs the question: why was it published? Oh right, for monetary gain. Duh. Beyond that I have absolutely no clue as to why this was printed. Thankfully this was a library loan or I would be quite irritated.

The book itself is mostly one large summary of the Vampire Academy series. Each book is summarized with quotes thrown in there now and again. As if the summary aspect was not bad enough it was written like a book report, a book report by a valley girl. Like it was like so totally...c...more
Amy Jacobs
If you are a fan of the Vampire Academy series, you probably think you know everything there is to know about them. Even if you think you do, you still need to give the Ultimate Guide a chance because it will definitely surprise you with things you didn't know.

I loved how it was broken down by each book in the series. We get a small section from author Richelle Mead before each summary and she shares her thoughts on the writing process of each story. We get to hear about her struggles, feelings,...more
Sorry I can't give more than 2 stars for this books because I was so disappointed.
Vampire Academy is my favorite YA series ever. I'm just obsessed by this series and I almost think about its character every day. Yes i'm crazy.
So I was excited to read this guide based on the series. It is said at the back of the book : the must-have addition to any vampire academy collection.
And I disagree. If you've read the books you don't need this guide. Most of the book(until page 220 and there are 290 page...more
Nancy The book junkie
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Pyper (momof5)
I really loved the Vampire Academy books, but this guide was a waste of time. It was interesting reading the summaries and familiarizing myself with the series again (it's been awhile since I read them), but there was nothing else! The first 3/4 of the book is spent summarizing the 6 books. The last 1/4 is spent talking about the characters & their relationships, again summarizing everything we already knew. I didn't learn anything new about any of the characters. No creative backstories, no...more
Dark Matter
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I am going to preface this review by saying I don’t really know how to describe this book, but I will try my best.

Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide is a look into the addictive world Richelle Mead has created. Delve through the history of St Vladimir’s Academy, explore the dark psychology between Lissa and Rose’s fr...more
Yet another book that wasn't on my list! Also, I fear this may drop my credibility as a reviewer but I have my reasons as to why I'm reviewing this.

Before I begin my 'review'--and I'll use that lightly--I'd like to say one thing, and this is where my credibility falls on the line: I skipped the majority of the book. Don't look at me like that. Here's the reason why: the first part is just a recap of each book. Now, if you were to go to my read shelf on Goodreads, you'd probably see that I finish...more
Un merveilleux guide qui résume bien la saga. Même si j'avais quelques appréhensions en le feuilletant, car il me semblait n'être qu'un résumé des livres, j'en suis tout de même assez contente. C'est toujours un plaisir de se replonger dans cette saga que j'aime tant. Résumé des 6 livres, questions/réponses et autres font de ce guide un bel objet pour les fans!
Dec 31, 2011 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore VA fans
My boyfriend bought me this for Christmas in addition to Torment from the Fallen series, a Kindle Fire and Clockwork Prince. He supports my reading habit-how awesome is he!?
Read in a day. Lots of repetition (most of the book is recapping each book in the series) and no new info on the VA world. Not what I was expecting and a bit of a let down.
I didn't read the entire book, because I know the story lines to each book. I found it really good. It made me want to read the entire VA series again!
As a Vampire Academy super-fan I had to have this book in my bookshelves... I was pretty curious about it, because there was almost no promotion and also because Aussie book-bloggers did not talk about it for its Australian release. So, I did not know what to expect from this guide, I've really discovered it when I've received it.

I was a little disppointed first because there was no exclusive content, except some Q&A with Richelle Mead (I don't consider Quizz as exclusive content). And even...more
This is the first "guide" book that I have ever read for a book series, so I thought that it was only fitting that my first would be for my favourtie series, and I loved it!

The book re-caps. For a little bit over half of the book there are re-caps of all of the six books which I thought was great as they are all condesed down into about 30 pages each and I found that the re-cap for each of the books was quite in-depth and didn't brush over any of the important parts in the books. Another thing t...more
For an 'ultimate' guide, I have to say that it was disappointing.

The majority of the guide and I do mean about 75% was taken up by pointless re-cap of the six books of the series. Aside from brief introductions to each book written by Richelle Mead, I fail to see the point of these. I've read all the books in the VA series and I remember them quite well. If I didn't, they are on my shelves where I could go and read them again, if I wanted to. What's the point of re-hashing the story? The only an...more
Okay, I've had it on my TBR pile for over a month but finally read it, Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen with Richelle Mead, and it was great! I've only read one other "world info" type book and found it to be fun and so was this one!

To my knowledge, Michelle Rowen is doing most of the writing this time, but of course she has input from Richelle and there are a few QAs in the book with Richelle. It was all very fun and fascinating. I've read all the books in the series, yet i...more
I am ambivalent about this companion. It is mostly a summary of what happened in the books – a summary that is repeated three times, once divided per book, once divided per character, and once divided per relationship. As such it is a great reference book, which is one purpose a companion has to serve.

Unfortunately, what I also like from an official companion is an elaboration of the world that the book is written on. In that aspect, this book is a real disappointment: there is no new informatio...more
2.5 stars
I have to admit that I'm greatly disappointed in this book, it was totally the opposite of what I expected. When I heard that a guide featuring one of my favourite YA series ever was about to be published, I was thrilled ! However, the guide didn't meet my expectations and really failed to deliver news about the Vampire Academy world, according to me. The first part of the guide consists in summaries of the six books in the series and there are some quotations scattered around these sum...more
I love the VA series and was looking forward to reading this guide. I was disappointed in that it was more of a summary book for non-fans than a guide for fans.

Although I still found it enjoyable to relive the series in a summarised version I wanted information that I didn't already know from the books.

More than 2/3 of the book was summarising what those who had read the series already knew - plot, characters etc (Although it was very well summarised).

There was little new information, in fact...more
If you're already a huge Vampire Academy fan, then this book is not for you. Michele Rowen's writing is pretty good and she makes the subject matter as interesting as she can, but this really should have been written by Richelle Mead. All Rowen is able to do is recap what we already know. She provides a recap of the 6 books in the series, bios on all the major and some minor characters, and some recaps of romantic relationships, but if you've read the series, none of this is new. What I enjoyed...more
Rating: 3.5/5

Reading the guide made me fall in love all over again with the world of Vampire Academy. Reading about each book and each character brought me back to when I first started reading the books.

I loved how the explanations of the world could easily be understandable for someone who never read the books. Not that I recommend reading this guide before the series since so many spoilers are written in this and even if it the books are well explained in this, it doesn't replace the series it...more
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