Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “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, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-t0-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by. Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever.”
Review: I was inspired to give the Vampire Academy series a try after watching the (fairly terrible) movie on Netflix. Part of me wishes I had read the book first, because the movie obviously included a major plot twist. I always prefer reading books before seeing movies, largely because I think books do a more subtle job at handling plot twists; now I’ll never know if I would have picked up on the twist myself! Regardless, I thought Vampire Academy was a fun, easy read. The nuances of the Moroi/Dhampir/Strigoi world are surprisingly original, given how repetitive books in this genre tend to be. Rose succeeds as the spunky primary protagonist, although she comes across as a tad self-obsessed at times. Lissa is bit of a drag and could use some additional character development. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend Vampire Academy to anyone looking for a stellar piece of fiction, but it does offer a nice escape.