Saturday, October 30, 2010
Review: Vampire Academy
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Rose and her best friend, Lissa, run away from the Academy about two years ago and finally come back. Rose's fears have not but resurfaced that Lissa is in danger. The bond she and Lissa has makes her feel and see what Lissa does. Lissa has a not-so-ordinary power that leads her into some dangers not every Royal Moroi face. All the while they face gossip, jealously, lust, and other teen-aged scandals mostly from Mai, who holds onto a secret grudge on Lissa, and just so happens to be dating Lissa's ex-boyfriend who is also royal. Rose, after returning has been on lock down, has to keep her best from safe but finds it harder to do than any teen-aged Guardian would ever dream of.
I liked all of the characters. Lissa was a good one, she needed protection and then became the protector. But I really don't think that Lissa is protector-type. I think Rose falls under that category a whole lot more. She's riskier and more protective. You can tell she really wants to protect Lissa from anyone that wants to harm her. Mason and Dimitri are also really good characters. Mason loves Rose, but Rose doesn't love him. Dimitri and Rose love each other though. Talk about a twilight-flash.