Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

January 24, 2014 § 2 Comments

*from Goodreads

*from Goodreads

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Published Date: August 2007
Synopsis: “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.” – From Goodreads

Format: eBook (332 pages)
Date Started: January 15, 2014
Date Completed: January 15, 2014

Yep, you read that right. I finished it within a day, about 6-7 hours. Read it on one sitting (or lying, if we be technical about it, ’cause really I was lying in bed while reading it). I really liked it. My proof is that I missed precious sleep time on a work day night and got only 3 hours of sleep.

Every time I got inside a bookstore, the book always caught my attention because the cover girl looks a lot like Angelina Jolie. But I never bought it those times. Wasn’t even tempted to because vampires. I have been very hesitant to read another vampire book ever since I bought all the Twilight books and ended up reading only the first book. Then, some time last month, this librarian I’m following posted a positive review saying it was surprisingly an enjoyable read. The review piqued my interest so I got an eBook. It also helped that I saw the trailer of the adapted movie that will be out next month.

I wouldn’t say it’s an incredibly good book. And not uncommon too. However, it certainly is a very enjoyable read. For me, it is one of those “one more chapter” books that we experience every now and then. I was getting ready for bed, gathering my blanket around me and thought “hey, why not read a chapter of this book I started at work?”. After one chapter, I was like “one more chapter”. And then, “I’ll read until chapter 5 then shut-eye”. And then I thought “F it. I’m reading half the book.” There are 24 chapters, so 12 chapters. Around 10 AM Manila time (9 PM EST), I was finishing chapter 12 and thought “Chapter 15. Promise.”. 1 and a half hour after, “Chapter 20!”. And then I finished chapter 20, looked at the time and saw it was close to 1 PM Manila time (12 AM EST) and decided to just finish the entire book. I probably would not have slept anyway. What with 4 chapters left. The suspense would keep my mind churning.

So I ended up with only 3 hours of sleep. If I was a bit younger, maybe 2 years younger, and if I wasn’t working on the night shift, that would have been fine. The circumstances are the opposite so it is difficult. But I do not have any regrets. None at all. I like the main character, Rose very much. She is flawed. Lissa, the other main character, is another flawed character, even more than Rose. I liked her too. The writing I thought was very even. The characters were written very well. Despite Lissa being a vampire (a royal at that) and Rose being a half-vampire, teenagers could still relate to their emotions, thoughts and behavior. I would have if I was a teenager. I will be reading the next book and probably the whole series some time this year.

I am excited for the movie too. It does look like they have changed some parts of the book for the movie based on the trailer. I liked who they casted for Rose though. The actress for Lissa does fit the desciption of book-Lissa. I’m not too sure with the Dimitri actor. The other casts looked okay too. The lines on the trailer also hint that the movie will be more humorous than the book, albeit still dark. And if the trailer song is anything to go by, it may have a good soundtrack too. Production doesn’t look too shabby as well. So I’m really really excited for the movie.

My rating on Goodreads is 4 stars (for Really Liked It).

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