Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)” as Want to Read:
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Vampire Academy

(Vampire Academy #1)

by
4.12  ·  Rating details ·  548,685 ratings  ·  22,223 reviews
ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES...

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, make
...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Razorbill
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Vampire Academy, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Lila Wayne the guard and the princess are like BFFs despite their differences, cultures, responsibilities and heirarchy. However the guard falls in love with ano…morethe guard and the princess are like BFFs despite their differences, cultures, responsibilities and heirarchy. However the guard falls in love with another of her same kind - another "male" guard. (less)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanTwilight by Stephenie MeyerThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Giver by Lois Lowry
Best Young Adult Books
11,757 books — 80,089 voters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. RowlingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePride and Prejudice by Jane AustenTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
Best Books Ever
51,351 books — 202,536 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.12  · 
Rating details
 ·  548,685 ratings  ·  22,223 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Faye, la Patata
So I watched the movie aaaaaand I hated it. I also made a comic review of the thing on the blog! But I'll also post it here for your reading pleasure. Warning: a lot of Dimitri shots.

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08s

09

10

11

12

13

14

15

QUICK RANT:
<--- THIS is the hot Dimitri?! THIS?! WHO THE HELL IS THIS. WHO THE FUCK IS THIS CRETIN. HE IS NOT THE DIMITRI I EXPECTED.

I'm not sure I can endure the movie now.

~End rant~

And Bubbles makes her comeback yet again! I've been a fan of Richelle Mea
...more
Tomoe Hotaru
21 Apr ‘19
Eight years and this review is still attracting mad fangurls. So as a pre-empt, I highly suggest you not read this review if you can’t handle negative criticism of books you love. Be thus warned.

14 Apr '13
Future commenters: if you disagree with the review, that is perfectly fine and normal. If you wish to add your own thoughts of the book, that's also perfectly fine. But please keep the ad hominems and accusations (and not just directed at me, but also other commenters) at home
...more
Ruby
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vampire fans
So many people talk about Twilight and miss this super great book......

I liked Twilight, but I had a hard time dealing with Bella. I thought she was just too...girly for some having with vampires. I wanted someone that could stand with them in a fight and not cower behind....Enter Rose. She is the bodyguard to Lissa, a vampire princess that must attend school and keep out of the clutches of the dark side. Rose is aggressive and hard headed, sometimes risking Lissa while trying to prove she is st
...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
*2017 lowered rating to 2 stars because realistically 3 was generous
Kat Kennedy
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Vampire Academy is a difficult book to review.

On one hand, it is a variation on the norm and Rose is definitely not the usual character occupying the myriad of PRNs these days. The writing style is blessedly free of awkward construction and mistakes. In fact, the writing isn't too bad at all.

The secondary characterizations are quite good for the most part, and well rounded. The pacing is agonizingly slow at the beginning of the book and doesn't pick up until the last fifty pages. The lore behind
...more
Cristina Monica
I like this series because everything makes sense.

Unlike other urban fantasy series featuring vampires. *cough* Twilight *cough* It’s an old subject, so I won’t dwell on it, but let’s just say that there’s nothing terrifying about having your vampire body sparkle like you’re covered with diamonds. It’s ridiculous.

But this book isn’t. I find the concept of having vampires be protected by guardians very interesting. For once it’s the bad guys that need protecting—though they’re fairly okay all thi
...more
~Poppy~
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."

description

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”



This book is amazing!! I loved Rose and Dimitri!! I loved Lissa and Christian!! But I also loved Rose and Lissa! Vampire Academy not only has mystery,adventure and great romance that we all love but it also shows us the power of the friendship which we don't see a lot in books!


So let's start from the begi
...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I gave this book 3 stars on my first read. I raised my rating after reading and liking it more on my second read.

Addition : Why I think you should read VA instead of Covenant

The before : September 2010

I was a stubborn brat when it came to reading Vampire Academy. Part of me honestly thought that a vampire series couldn't impress me after experiencing how oversaturated the genre had become with depressing and lackluster characters and stories.

Because of this, I went into my first rea
...more
Libro Joven
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best. Vampire. Saga. EVER. Just that. I dare anyone come and tell me otherwise. It is funny, witty, the plots are amazing, and the characters are great (well.... maybe Lissa is not great, but hey, she is just the one flaw). If you like vampire books, you must read it. If you hate vampire books, you must read it. What the hell, whether you like or dislike books in general, this book is a MUST HAVE. Because I say so (OK, me and thousands of people just like me) Twilight? What the hell is Twilight?
Emily May
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it


So I said I wouldn't read this after being warned about 10 million times that they stop being worth the bother after book 3. I said it repeatedly, earnestly... and then I caved. I mean, what do you do when you've nothing ahead of you but a day at the library and when you turn around...dum, dum, dum... there it is, the internationally praised series that you swore you would never... but then what if you felt different?... how can you expect to deal with not finding out for yourself? So I gues
...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Emily May
Shelves: library
Guys, I had a really good time reading this one. I'm way out of the intended demographic, but color me pleasantly surprised that this was leaps and bounds above Twilight, although I'm not here to hate on those books. As far as YA books go, this one featured one of my favorite platonic female friendships, and I'm thrilled for the portrayal of girls supporting girls as a way to build up lady power, instead of every female vying for attention in meaningless competition. Part of me wants to write a ...more
~Poppy~
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) Vampire Academy ★★★★★

If you want to see my review for the first book click here!!


2) The Turn and the Flame ★★★★

"I will never endure this sort of pain again. If I’m able to love someone else one day, I will do whatever it takes to hold on to him. No matter the cost."



This is a story from Tasha's point of view and we learn what happened the day that Christian's parents become Strigoi! I will admit even though I didn't like Tasha (view spoiler)
...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I expected a cringe-worthy vampire book and turns out this was good!

Very teen-angsty but I will definitely continue the series.

PS Don't watch the movie... it was painful.
emma
I am...shocked.

I am astonished. I am astounded. I am...surprised. I am dumbfounded. I am, to my core, #shook.

I reread a book that I liked in 2014...and I still liked it.

If you’ve read my reviews before, or like, once accidentally chanced upon me yelling about something and immediately ran away, or did whatever the Internet equivalent of immediately running away is (hitting “back” real fast?), then you will know something about me to be true.

I NEVER like ANYTHING. Especially not books that I like
...more
Lia
This is a negative review. If you enjoyed the book, that's great! Sadly, I didn't, so please respect my opinion as I will respect yours.




THE RANT BEGINS.

Chapter One. We're presented with a pretty confusing situation, without knowing who's who and what is going on (I almost thought I had by mistake picked up the sequel, because it felt like I was missing out on something.) But at least we have what seems like a kick-ass main character, Rose, and a strong female friendship between her and Lisa, s
...more
♥ℂĦℝΪՖƬΪℕÅ
5 Kick-ass ★'s

"If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."

I have read this series so many times and to this day it is and forever will be one of my all time favorites EVER! I don't know how anyone could read this book and not get completely addicted... I mean the writing, the characters, everything about this book is perfect!!

I love Rose ♥ She is seriously the best fucking heroine I have ever read. Rose is a Dhampir and Dhampirs protect th
...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1), Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy is a series of six young adult paranormal romance novels by American author Richelle Mead.

It tells the story of Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a guardian of her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat Strigoi (the evil undead vampires) in St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her i
...more
Emily
Dec 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-novels
I decided to read Vampire Academy because it was on a list of books most likely to inherit Twilight's throne (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...) .

Before I harp on about the first Vampire Academy book, I want to comment on the series as a whole: these books are really readable and quite good fun. They pull fewer punches than a lot of other supernatural novels, and the series gets quite a bit darker as it progresses. The characters encounter myriad trials--mental instability, torture, betra
...more
Leonie
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: A girl most likely, and pretty much any girl at that :P
Recommended to Leonie by: No one! I found this on the book shelf and it looked awesome!!
This book was totally wicked! I ♥ it!!! :P

I hope you can feel my joy for reading this book once you have read it too! It was awesome!

I loved how you got totally engrossed in it and then it had a total shocker ending! But, I'm not telling you what that is! :P
ambsreads
Vampire Academy is a series I am very familar with. This was a re-read for me considering I have basically been reading these books every year since I was 13 (meaning six years). Coming back to this series is like a warm hug as every character is familar, the plot is familar, the tone is familar. I was glad this re-read was successful as a lot of re-reads I have done this year have left me disappointed.

Vampire Academy is a well-known series, whether becasue the covers are ugly or because of the
...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I still loved the book the second time around, although I did drop one star as I'm a bit different now. I always get nervous rereading my old books because I'm afraid I will hate them, BUT, I want to slowly reread everything to see what I'm going to keep. Fighting cancer changed a lot and hoping it doesn't come back has changed a lot of things.

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

#1 Vampire Academy - ★★★



It happened, people. I finally did it. I have officially read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and I have mixed feelings about it.

After years of you guys begging me to read this book, I have finally managed to dig into this vampire world with Lissa – the Moroi (mortal) vampire and Rose – her guardian, sworn to protect her.

These two best friends are on the run, after Lissa’s family has been killed. Now, they unwillingly
...more
Emma Giordano
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why does Memorial Day weekend exist? Holidays are screwing up my Amazon shipping speed so I won't get my box set until Wednesday! This book was amazing and really something I needed right now. It's right up my alley for fantasy and although sometimes the characters got on my nerves, I really love the world and the plot and it was all together a great story. Sometimes the writing felt a bit young for me but that doesn't make it any less of a great novel. I know vampires are kind of "out", but if ...more
mark monday
Dear Vampire Diary,

wait, why did I write that? "vampire" diary? maybe cause everything in my life is vampire, vampire, vampire! best friend vampire. training to protect vampires. actually protecting vampires. I'm half-vampire. I go to a Vampire Academy for chrissakes. vampires, vampires, everywhere. and now apparently I have a vampire diary too. hello, unconscious. argh! ok enough of this bs, I'm getting annoyed and need to work it out by working out. maybe this diary thing isn't going to work o
...more
Taneika
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I finally decided to bite the bullet and pick this series up. I'll be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did!
So easy to read and Rose was a spunky, outspoken heroine and I love that Richelle Mead wasn't afraid to make Rose so sexually confident and confident in herself too. It was SO REFRESHING

Full review to come (maybe.)
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Little run aways stars



******************Spoilers*********************

I don't know what it is about teenage vampire love stories, but I eat them up like chocolate! I devour every angsty teen vampire book series I get my hands on. Vampire diaries, Bloodlines, Vampire Academy, Crave, and of course the one that started it all for me, Twilight!!!!!! Yes I am that mom, the Twimom! And I have no shame!



After reading Twilight for like the 9th time and not getting my fill of vampires, (this was
...more
Rachel E. Carter
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: br
Why did I avoid this book like the plague? Well, I have a confession: I hate (most) vampire books and I only picked this up because I had the paperback lying around and I was sick of it's unread status mocking me........ but this was a kicka$$ exception. Rose was a perfect heroine and I liked how unapologetic she was and her friendship with Lissa. I'll admit I was rooting more for Lissa and that hot broody jerk (what was his name? I just forgot) than Dimitri-Rose, but I still loved both. Can't w ...more
Sabrina
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: almost-favorites
“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows.
Remember that.”


I can’t believe how long it took me to read this book.


I LOVED IT


I missed reading books like this.
So many feelings for just one book.


AND I HAVE 2 OTP THAT BETTER BE ENDGAME!

Some characters here already have my heart, and this book was so short (at least it felt that way) I wanted more, but then I still have more 5 books to read, so that satisfies me (it better).

Literally everyo
...more
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest


I read these books ten years ago when I was going through the same paranormal frenzy that everyone else was, characterized by those "girl in a Gothic dress" covers that were so popular in the early 2010s. Most of them were crushing disappointments, but the Vampire Academy series blew my expectations out of the water and basically ended up being the cracktastic fun-fest I expected.



The best way to describe it is to say that it's like you t
...more
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Buddy-read set for mid December with my fellow castle dreamers, the delightful Jess & the wondrous Kat (Her review is made of WIN!)!!

Vampires! Vampires! Vampires!



UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME!

2.5 Stars



So, as you might have guessed by that star rating Vampire Academy was a miss for me. Not entirely a miss but a miss nonetheless.

My Grievances:

Girl-on-Girl Hate: I hate this shit so much... and it’s everywhere in this novel!! Every time I turned a page I was slapped in the face with it! Mia hat
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Fallen (Fallen, #1)
  • Marked (House of Night, #1)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
  • Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
  • The Host
  • Twilight (Twilight, #1)
  • New Moon (Twilight, #2)
  • Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
  • Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
  • Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
  • Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
  • Obsidian (Lux, #1)
  • Vampire Academy: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
  • Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
  • Divergent (Divergent, #1)
See similar books…
64,054 followers
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f
...more

Other books in the series

Vampire Academy (6 books)
  • Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)
  • Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
  • Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)
  • Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)
  • Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

Articles featuring this book

Whether it’s magic schools, dystopias, paranormal love stories, or contemporary explorations of important real-life issues, young adult books...
194 likes · 164 comments
“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.” 4983 likes
“Do you think I'm pretty?
I think you're beautiful
Beautiful?
You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.”
4872 likes
More quotes…