Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: August 16, 2007 by Razorbill
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.
The first time I've read the Vampire Academy was three years ago, when a friend of mine recommended it because she found out that I really love vampires (and I still do). Anyway, this is the second time I've read it, and it feels like I’m reading it for the first time. So here’s my review.
Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir has been on the run for almost two years until Guardian Belikov showed up one night and took them back to the place the two girls dreaded the most—St. Vladimir Academy. Now that they’re back, Rose is very determined to protect Lissa from harm at all cost.
The characters were very interesting and entertaining, especially Rose and Lissa. Rose Hathaway is your typical bad-ass female heroine, the one who’ll do anything to protect those whom she cared the most. She is funny, sarcastic, and loves to provoke people. As a Dhampir, she’s training to fight the strigoi (the bad vampires) and swore to protect the Moroi, especially her best friend, Lissa. On the other hand, Lissa Dragomir—the best friend of Rose since kindergarten—is a Moroi. But not just an ordinary Moroi; She’s a princess, and the only remaining Dragomir after her family died in a tragic car accident.
It’s a really refreshing read because of the use of the concept of the vampires taken from the Russian folklore (the Dhampir, Moroi and strigoi). I also love the unique writing style, especially the parts where we can know what’s happening inside Lissa’s head without changing the point of views.