Monday, December 9, 2013

Vampire Academy Book Review

Hey Everyone,

There is another book to movie on the horizon. I have always disregarded the Vampire Academy series but once I found out that it was being made into a movie I figured it was time to just suck it up and read the books. Now, do not get me wrong, I enjoy Young Adult books, I just am very picky about my reading choices. However, once I know there is a movie coming out based on a book I try to read it. The movie is set to come out February 14th, 2014. 

Plot: 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/half-vampire 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 Strigo, the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires, make Lissa one of them forever.

My Thoughts: Vampire Academy was written by Richelle Mead. I found it an easy read overall. There were times that the book did drag as the author appeared to get lost in description. I found myself skipping sentences when it became too wordy with description. I need the book to flow and for me to seamlessly delve into the world the author is trying to create. I did enjoy the character, Rose, a dhampir (half-human/half-vampire) who because of her abilities as a half-breed is a bodyguard for the living vampires, Moroi. The vampires are hunted by the now dead Moroi known as Strigoi. Rose added a great insight into her world as the main character and the book was mainly told from her point of view. 

One aspect that I did not enjoy is that in the author’s attempt to make the characters teenagers with teen problems I think she went too far. I was a little disturbed to read about a depressed teen vampire that cuts herself. Frankly, that was pushing the envelope to far for me personally. I understand the need to make sure your characters are real but the potential problems that can arise from teens reading and watching a cutter is concerning. I hope parents are aware of the topics in this book prior to giving it to their teen.

I would recommend picking up the book. It had a good twist in the end and the use of magic in the book was well done. It appears as though the author built a unique world that I am interested in seeing translated onto the big screen.

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