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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
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Apr 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, paranormal-uf, 2011
Read on May 07, 2011

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 guess I'm going to be the whole 'curiosity killed the cat' cliche when I get past book 3, not to mention the one about being a 'glutton for punishment'.

But, as I've been told and as I therefore expected, this first book in the series I've been putting off was really good. I'm not surprised I liked the writing style seeing as I'm already a Richelle Mead fan after reading her Succubus series. She uses traditional urban fantasy features like supernatural creatures and mythology but has a very chick-lit feel to her books which I like. My favourite hobby is to read about spunky, sarcastic heroines who aren't afraid to express their sexuality. I expected Mead to be somewhat more vanilla in a young adult novel but she (not surprisingly) pushed the boundaries and made this quite a sexy novel.

It's basically the vampire version of high school, complete with bitchiness, cliques and hot but obnoxious guys. I also found it one of the best depictions of friendship between two teenage girls that I've read in a long time, Rose and Lissa are simply delightful characters. It did make me really want to read book 2 but I will be progressing with caution throughout. I couldn't help myself, I've been warned countless times and read reviews that talk about Mead's later failures with this series, but I still had to find out for myself. I'm annoying like that.
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Tatiana I will be watching your progress with I told you so ready:)

But who knows, you might enjoy them all. Many people have.

hayden Yeah, Tatiana, I'm one of those people who loved all of them regardless of their flaws that I seemingly never notice.
Mead is one of my favorite authors.

Emily May Tatiana wrote: "I will be watching your progress with I told you so ready:)

But who knows, you might enjoy them all. Many people have."

I know, I know, and I'll probably deserve it :)

message 4: by Rob (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rob Faby I will say that you'll enjoy them all. The second one is kinda slow, but after that, its great. Little too much romance for me, but it's meant for women, so I'll suck it up.

Emily May I still think it's enjoyable even with the romance, I'm probably the most unromantic person ever but I find the stories have kept me interested so far. I've now read up to book 3 and I've heard they start to go downhill at book 4. Have you read the whole series?

Mikaela i got told the last to weren't that good but i enjoyed, though i had a bit of trouble getting into Last Sacrifice, though that could have been the one month gap between reading that and Spirit Bound

Ronyell Awesome review Emily! I really enjoyed this book too!

Emily May Thanks Ronyell! :)

Anni S would you leave a comment about the book on my blog?


message 10: by Lise (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lise Foket Have you continued this series? I think 4,5 & are very enjoyable

 Marla I just finished #6 Last Sacrifice this week and I thought it was the best book of the series, but I didn't love books 2 or 4. You might want to come back and read more of them! :D

Emily May I might do :)

Michael Did you see the movie yet? The movie really needs fans to pull through because as of now its a flop. So please support the movie :)

message 14: by Amanda (new) - added it

Amanda Alexandre I just saw the movie and loved it!

Montana I have seen the movie it was okay I will support it though coz i would love to see a second one BTW nice review Emily I hope you enjoy the rest of the series as much as i did

Caitlyn Patton I never noticed any fatal flaws through the entire series. I thought it only got better as it went, but that's just me. I read this series a good four or five times. Haha

Caitlyn Patton Don't watch the movie though, it is simply horrible! Worst adaptation I've ever seen

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