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Vampire Academy [Kindle Edition]

Richelle Mead
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,150 customer reviews)

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Book Description


The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

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.








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After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school, however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may mean life or death. Likable narrator Rose hides doubts about her friend behind a tough exterior; orphan Lissa, while coping with difficult emotional issues such as depression and survivor's guilt, uses her emerging gifts for good. Mead's absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse, if sometimes sterotyped, cast of supporting characters. Occasional steamy sex and a scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment. Rosenfeld, Shelle

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This story is no ordinary vampire tale. Mead has done her homework on Romanian folklore and Orthodox Catholic saints, and she uses it to weave a unique and mesmerizing mystery with a whodunit ending that even the most skilled detectives will not predict. With social angst that every teenager can appreciate and sexual tension that leaves Stephanie Meyer's Twilight looking like a children's book, this little gem is sure to be a hit.—VOYA

Mead’s absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse…cast of supporting characters. Occasional steamy sex and a scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment.—Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (August 16, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UZPIE8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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107 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too August 17, 2007
Format:Paperback
Rose and Lissa are best friends who share an unimaginable bond, even by vampire standards. Now, after time spent on the run, they have been returned to the school from which they escaped to face ridicule, speculation, and danger.

Welcome to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and the half-bloods who are bound to protect them. The Moroi are vampires, and the descendants of Moroi royalty are the social elite of St. Vladimir's. The Moroi are at constant risk, though. The Strigoi, the fiercest vampires, are out to get them, any way they can. The Moroi are protected by Dhampirs, guardians who are sworn to lay down their lives to assure that the Moroi bloodlines continue.

Rose is a Dhampir and Lissa is the last of the Dragomir line of Moroi royalty. Rose and Lissa share a special bond; one that nearly assures that Rose will be Lissa's guardian for life. Returning to school, however, proves to be more difficult than either of them imagined. The social politics have changed during their absence and Rose and Lissa are both the topic of several rumors. Their sudden disappearance, their time on the run, and their return are all subjects for speculation. In some instances, the truth may cause them more harm than rumors ever could.

In addition to the social pressures, Lissa may be in even more danger than anyone could have imagined. In addition to being Moroi and royalty, Lissa seems to have special abilities that haven't been seen among the Moroi in centuries. Abilities that make her an even more tantalizing target to the Strigoi.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY is a thrilling adventure that draws you along and makes you continue to turn the pages. As the danger to Lissa gets closer, it gets more difficult to put the book down. In a world that seems saturated with vampire books, Richelle Mead has created characters and a world that is both unique and believable.

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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story adds depth as it goes along September 8, 2008
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Format:Paperback
Rose and Lissa are like most teenage girls. They like boys, like to shop at the mall, and feel misunderstood. The only difference is that they are vampires. Lissa is a Moroi princess, a member of the vampire royalty, while Rose is a dhampir guardian who has sworn to protect Lissa even to death. Two years ago, they ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy, a private school for the Moroi and Dhampir races, for reasons that only Rose fully knows.

Now, the school's guardians have caught up with them and want to bring them back to the academy against their will. The halls of St. Vladimir's are filled with the same things they have always been: snotty Moroi, secrets, clan loyalties, and a deathly fear of the Striogoi: vampires who have become immortal and seek to destroy all of the royal family.

As a punishment for running away, Rose has to train every second that she is not in class. Her mentor is Dimitri, a stoic, handsome guardian whom she finds to be ever increasingly attractive. While Rose is training to become deadly to the Strigoi, Lissa is discovering how to be a royal without losing who she is inside. And why does someone keep planting dead animals in Lissa's path? Is someone out to get Lissa, and if they are, can Rose truly protect her friend?

This book was better than I expected. At first, I felt Rose was just an angst-ridden teenager just complaining about everything. But after awhile, the characters began to take on more depth. Rose and Lissa have a deep bond that goes beyond friendship. The scandals that takes place in the halls of St. Vlad's will keep vampire book lovers thoroughly entertained. There is some sexual content. Not too heavy, but vampires are sexual by nature, so this was expected. There are also levels of vampire sins so it was interesting to read about what this society found to be unspeakable. By the end of the book, you will be rooting for Rose.
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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, mediocre delivery June 13, 2009
Format:Paperback
While Mead's take on the vampire universe is unique and refreshing, her storytelling is ultimately what made this book fall flat for me. The concept is very intriguing, but Mead's sometimes amateurish prose, lackluster dialogue, and one-dimensional characters made this a very irksome read for me. I kept waiting for the book to get better, hoping that the plot would suck me in, but it just never happened. This is really unfortunate, since the plot itself is clever, imaginative, and genuinely engaging.

Mead's great concept is hindered, in part, by her thinly drawn characters. While it seems that Rose is meant to be clever and smart-mouthed, mostly she just comes off as a rude person who is weirdly obsessed with her best friend. Her witticisms seem limited to generic pseudo-rebellious comments and wry observations about how "lame" the people around her are. Meanwhile, Rose's friend, Lissa, seems to lack any personality at all, other than to occasionally cry or whine about something. Dimitri, Rose's love interest, is a sloppily written "Strong, Silent Type" (TM) whose only defining trait is that he occasionally listens to Prince's "When Doves Cry."

The prose, too, leaves much to be desired. Mead has a great tendency to TELL, rather than SHOW, and while this may not be such a bad thing when handling exposition into her elaborate vampire mythology, this tendency causes the character development to feel pretty thin. Furthermore, I feel that this novel could have used an editor in some spots--for example, when Rose comforts a crying Lissa after a gruesome discovery on campus, Rose makes note of Lissa's "sleek, silky hair.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book.
Published 8 hours ago by Shira
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not as good as the frost bite
Published 2 days ago by Ethel L Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly passionate fun fantasy
Yes, the writing is simplistic and targeted towards younger women but it's fun with humor with a well painted fantasy world, sexual tension, mystery, etc.
Published 2 days ago by M. R. Tomasello
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely without a doubt LOVED Vampire Academy
I absolutely without a doubt LOVED Vampire Academy, I remember when my husband had surprised me with the box set of 3 (before the movie had come out) and I didn’t want to start the... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the story
I am one of I'm sure a few who read this after I watched the movie. I did this to make sure the movie was accurate to the story before I started to read the rest. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Author SkLogsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Very entertaining book! I enjoy it a lot and had fun reading it. I loved it and couldn't put it down
Published 19 days ago by girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This is a gift I can not rate it fairly
Published 23 days ago by Debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
My Initial Reaction...
I think I've heard so much about Vampire Academy that I expected more. I do like the main character and the world has potential. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Berls
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this first book!
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Looking for books very similar to Vampire Academy
House of Night novels are horrible and immature. They in no way can compare to this series.
Jan 10, 2011 by wrestlingfan01 |  See all 30 posts
When can we get book 1 on the Kindle?
It is on the kindle, but i would NEVER pay what they want. Another Author I will never read unless they find a publisher that does not charge almost twice the amount for the ebook!
Feb 5, 2012 by KimP |  See all 2 posts
um...yeah about the school
My god, stop judging if you're not even gonna give it a chance. Before I started badmouthing Twilight, I sat down and read every dreadful word of it. But this series is NOTHING like the Twilight Saga. It's an insult to even compare the two. There are 2 different types of vampires: Moroi-the good... Read More
Jul 30, 2009 by Autumn Finger |  See all 6 posts
how may books are in this series?
There is three in the series at the moment. Vampire academy, Frostbite, and Shadow kiss. Theres also a fourth one coming out August 25th called Blood Promise. Enjoy!
Jun 26, 2009 by M. Coladonato |  See all 10 posts
You must be kidding???
A lot of books and manga use the concept of a "special school" for supernatural creatures/students. Having such a basic concept in common doesn't make this book a ripoff in any way, shape or form. Maybe you should read the book before you post comments such as this?
Aug 16, 2007 by Caitlin Kittredge |  See all 15 posts
Books with similar main character to Rose--not the genre... Be the first to reply
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