BOOK REVIEW: Vampire Academy – by Richelle Mead


Title: Vampire Academy
(Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
First published: August 16th 2007
Finished reading: April 28th 2015
Pages: 332
Rating 2

“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”


I already knew I probably wasn’t going to enjoy reading Vampire Academy before I actually started reading it. I’m normally not a fan of vampire novels, especially when they include teenage vampires and cheesy romance scenes. But since I needed a Forgotten Fridays Pick for my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge and I already had a copy of this novel by Richelle Mead on my shelf, I decided to give it a go anyway. I must admit I nearly ended up DNFing Vampire Academy. The main character Rose is such an annoying, arrogant and despicable pain in the *** that I had a really hard time concentrating on the story itself. The idea of having different types of vampires itself is interesting and I like the idea of the teenagers having to go to an academy to train. Lissa being different from the other Moroi (living vampires) didn’t bother me and the bond between Rose and Lissa could have been something special. But the fact that I absolutely despised the main character completely destroyed this story for me. I was frustated up to the point that I almost threw my kindle against the wall… And that would have been painful. As you might have guessed, I would definitely not recommend reading this one.


The Strigoi, very dangerous undead vampires, are always looking to kill the still living Moroi vampires. Moroi have control over magic, and they learn more about how to control and use that magic at St. Vladimir’s Academy. This school is hidden away from normal humans and it’s the place where vampires and half-humans are trained to protect and fight the Strigoi… The half-humans or Dhampirs will be future bodyguards for the Moroi vampires.

Rose is a dhampir and has a special bond with her best friend Lissa. Lissa is a Moroi princess who hasn’t specialized her magic power yet, but she and Rose are connected in a way dhampirs and moroi haven’t been for a long time. When something dreadful happened two years ago, Rose and Lissa decided to escape the academy to protect the princess from harm. But they are discovered in the end and brought back to the academy. Soon the two friends find out that someone in the academy knows Lissa’s secret… Will Rose be able to protect her this time?


I already saw it coming before actually reading Vampire Academy, but I just couldn’t enjoy this novel. It wasn’t even because of the vampires, because I actually liked the idea of having different types of vampires and the magic the Moroi vampires have. But the main character Rose… I. Just. Couldn’t. Stand. Her! The sappy romance scenes didn’t help either, but Rose alone made me almost DNF this novel. The rest of the story might just be a case of not-for-me, but the main character is a different matter. Not recommended unless you enjoy teenage vampire stories and don’t mind a despicable main character…

17 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Vampire Academy – by Richelle Mead

  1. My thoughts exactly. I read VA, and just gave up on it. My cousin convinced me to buy it years ago, and I was so disappointed. She actually got mad that I didn’t like it as much as she did. It was too cliche` for me.

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    • I guess it’s one of those novels you either hate or love… Like most YA vampire novels. (Twilight, The Vampire Diaries etc) Needless to say I wasn’t a fan of those either.


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  6. Fairy snuff (‘fair enough’). I always get nervous when reviews pop up of VA because of how much I love the series.. I’m never sure how I might react to anything less than a five star review! Ha ha!

    But I really enjoyed your perspective and how you went into the book, if that makes sense?

    ‘a despicable main character’! Ha ha! Poor Rose.. xD

    Great post!

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    • I guess Vampire Academy is one of those series you either hate or love… I had the same problem with Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. I guess part of the problem is that I’m just not really into teenage vampire romance novels. And that I prefer the scary version of vampires. 😉 I’m glad you were able to enjoy this series way better than I did! 🙂

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      • I think VA came along at the right time for me. I was already reading Mead’s books and it was JUST before the vampire thing became a big trend. I feel like if I’d come to the series after Twilight I’d have been so over it. Ha ha! xD

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      • It’s true that there has been what you call a ‘vampire-novel-overkill’ with so many similar sounding YA vampire novels out there… I’m personally more a fan of the Dracula or I Am Legend kind of vampire, although I did enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series.

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    • I personally prefer Sookie Stackhouse or even better: the Dracula or I Am Legend vampire versions… They just sound more believable. But I did like the general idea of different types of vampires in Vampire Academy! The idea of Moroi having magic and undead Strigoi wanting to kill them had a lot of potential.

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      • I see what you mean! And yes, the different types of vampires are one of the unique aspects of VA I find. 🙂 I’m glad you agree! It’s too bad VA’s characters took away from your overall reading experience.

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  8. I’ve been shy of reading this in spite of the multiple rave reviews–largely because I am so over the whole teenage vampire romance thing. Having said that, I just recently read Let the Right One In, which I found to be a creepy but enjoyable cross between classic vampires (the scary kind) and teen romance. I’ll probably hold off on VA, at least for now. Thanks for the honest review!

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    • If you are like you put it ‘so over the whole teenage vampire romance thing’, it’s definitely best to stay away from this one. The general idea is quite similar to other popular YA vampire series out there. Let The Right One In sounds like a much more interesting read!

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