Vampire Academy – lame name, good book

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This came as a shock to me, but I loved, loved Vampire Academy. I was expecting very little and had actually started the first chapter of this book years ago but it didn’t hold any interest to me at the time. But maybe because of my recent interest obsession with YA novels, it was much more enjoyable this time around.

I was warned to stick with it because it started off a little slow but that wasn’t the case at all (I am perhaps the only person who thought this). I enjoyed Rose so much that just reading about her was enough to keep me going. She’s my kind of character. Strong. Resourceful. Funny. Sarcastic. Sexy. She’s not afraid to just go for it. A lot of YA books seem to taboo activities like sex, drugs, etc, but it was refreshing that Rose, while maybe didn’t partake in all those actives, certainly didn’t look down on people for doing them.

And I loved that while there was a romantic element to the book, it didn’t take over the whole story. Rose’s every thought wasn’t “Dmitri.” I actually wish there was more on her everyday training with Dmitri, I think that’s where the attraction came from and we didn’t necessarily see a lot of that in the book. I wanted them to get to know each other a little better and watch their attraction (more than just the physical part) grow a little more. I also loved friendship between Rose and Lissa and thought the idea of their bond was really interesting.

I could have done with a few less “I-what?”s – and a lot less hyphens – but overall the writing was easy to read through. There were a couple of spelling/grammatical mistakes but I’m not sure if that was because I was reading the ebook copy.

I’ve got book two on standby and am super excited to jump back into the series.

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