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Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  36,973 ratings  ·  252 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 tot
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Penguin (first published November 23rd 2011)
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Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen with Richelle Mead

If you are a true fan of the Vampire Academy series, as I am, this Ultimate Guide is a great addition! It includes: book summaries, passage quotes, insights into the vampire world, character profiles, an exclusive Q&A with Richelle Mead and quizzes. You will lose yourself in the familiar memories of this addictive and absolutely freaking AMAZING series. It made me want to reread the entire VA series again! Even
♔ 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 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.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nancy The book junkie
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Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: somebody who has money to waste
Recommended to Athena by: myself
i actually regret buying this and wasting my money on this book when i could have gotten other books that are more important books than this. Its really just a run through of the vampire academy books. Something i dont need after reading this series 9 times already (its pretty amazing). its literally engraved into my head by now and reading this crappy book is insulting.

Michelle Rowen cant translate. period.
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
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so good to read about all of the characters I love and to be back in this world...
I'll write a review later in the day...
Dec 30, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not obsessed or anything.


So far this was nothing but summaries. :/ I was actually hoping to find bonus scenes and such.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of pointless guide, tbh. Most of it was summaries of the books and quizzes, but not fun quizzes.
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin
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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
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tracy T.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, I'm not finished, but I have read some of it- not saying it's a bad book, just haven't felt like it, so I'm going to say It's read.

My Review:

This is definitely the ultimate guide for the Vampire Academy series. It has bios on the characters, passage quotes and Michelle Rowen's Interpretations. This is a must read for all VA fans.
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Raegan   Ralls
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Reading this was like reading a long list of reviews for The Vampire Academy Series. It got boring because I already knew what happened in each book because I read them, but this is still a good book to have if you loved the series.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 29, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Clare Holman-Hobbs
It's good to revisit the series but I ended up wanting even more from Mead and her process of writing.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, favourites
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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
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
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
Amy Jacobs
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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,
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 5-stars
I was so excited that I was able to revisit the world of the Vampire Academy series in this book. A majority of this guide is dedicated to recapping what happened in each book of the series. The second half goes on to provide readers with character profiles, some basic descriptions of various elements of the Vampire Academy series, and a quiz based on what you read. Throughout the novel, Q&A sessions with Richelle Mead were inserted into the text, which provided an interesting, "insiders" lo ...more
Pyper at Reading Lark
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
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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!?
Dec 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-academy
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.
Sav Santilli
I love companion books, sometimes more that I love the actual series. I always buy the companion books to any series I have and I often read them before either starting or finishing the series. I even have some companion books to series that I don't have and some that I've never even read. That's how much I love them. And I usually read them numerous times, usually more times that I read the actual series. (Except for Harry Potter. I will reread that series, both the books in the series and the ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The "Vampire Academy" book series is one of my absolute favorites, so of course I wanted this book and thought it would be just as amazing as the books or AT LEAST contain NEW interesting information about the books, characters, and their world. BUT, I have to disappoint others who might think the same, because this whole book is basically a RECAP of all of the books with a LITTLE more info about the characters and their world. And when you've already read the books, all of it is pretty much inf ...more
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National bestselling author MICHELLE ROWEN writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy, both light and dark, sexy and sweet, long and short -- it all depends on the story! She's won a Holt Medallion for Best First Book and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. For more information, please visit Michelle at her website at

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