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About the Author

Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, futuristic romantic suspense, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestseller list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book.Michelle lives in Southern Ontario and is the 2010 President of Toronto Romance Writers. She wields her power wisely. Please feel free to contact her, she loves hearing from readers!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Vampire Academy
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Original edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144515
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestseller list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance.

Please visit www.michellerowen.com to learn more about Michelle and her books.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cristina on January 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am also going to write a negative comment about this book. As a note, I am a huge fan on the VA & Bloodlines series. Maybe because of this I am so... let's say demanding.
The presentation is far more better than the content. I was kinda disappointed after I received this book on my Kindle. Actually, to be honest, I was, and in the same time wasn't, expecting "more".

Two thirds of the book is nothing more than a school-grade resume with quotations from the 6 books of the series, while the last third does NOT have "everything readers want and need to go even deeper into the world of Vampire Academy". There is nothing more in the book that wasn't originally written in the VA series or that any reader could deduce by him/her self (assuming an IQ high enough to actually learn to read:P).

Bottom line, I wouldn't recommend it. If you want to re-live the Vampire Academy "magic", just read the books again!:)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By m on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love this series and I wanted to love this book. I was hoping for a book like the Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide; Where Meyer gave us in-depth info on each character's backstory, small details and insights for fans, plus an interview with Stephanie Meyer. But none of that is here. Its only a short recap of each book. Including a note from the author about each book. The rest is basic VA info we already know, divided into categories and about 20 questions answered by Mead. The book is well written, but not much new on the characters we know and love.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KR Pink Momma on December 26, 2011
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I pre-ordered this after reading the VA series in about 10 days, so you could say I was addicted to the series and its characters. I thought there was going to be some deeper insight into the characters from the series, but was disappointed to see this was a Cliff Notes version of the entire VA series with some Q & A thrown in from the author. It was almost like a cut & paste of the VA series put into one summary book. This was a huge let down as well a waste of reading time and money. I wish I had seen an actual copy instead of pre-ordering with my Kindle because it would have changed my mind on purchasing this book. I hope the next Bloodlines book is not a disappointment like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are a fan of the Vampire Academy series, you probably think you know everything there is to know about them. Even if you think you do, you still need to give the Ultimate Guide a chance because it will definitely surprise you with things you didn't know.

I loved how it was broken down by each book in the series. We get a small section from author Richelle Mead before each summary and she shares her thoughts on the writing process of each story. We get to hear about her struggles, feelings, and character creation that we don't get to read about in the original stories. Then each book is broken down into sections as well explaining certain quotes, story arcs and more. It even features a pop quiz at the close of each one. I loved taking the quiz after each section because it really made you think about what you have read. Great for readers in testing their reading comprehension.

In the middle of the book, we are also treated to color photos of the illustrated novel, photos of the author at signings, and web site links to further our experience into the Vampire Academy world. The final part of the guide is a glossary. It explains certain terms that readers will come across in the world that the author created for us.

If you are a fan of this author and/or the series, then this is a book you have to have in your collection. It completes the collection and series perfectly and is perfect for gifts as well. A great addition to my bookshelf!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I-heart-books on January 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm going to start by saying I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead and absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series. Genius writing.

However, this guide definitely fell flat. As the other reviewers said, this is basically just a re-hashing of the books (not Bloodlines). I would have liked to have seen more in-depth background info on the characters (similar to what Meyer did in the Twilight official guide - I hate to compare but...). Information that wasn't already in the books would have made this guide great, like childhood happenings of the characters that shaped them into who they are. More history on the Moroi and how the "Keepers" broke off from them, how they used to be, etc. The first 2/3 of this book was literally just a recap. The last 1/3 was probably the most interesting with the Q&A with the author, what she was thinking when she wrote it, motivations behind certain things. I would have also liked to have seen more illustrations/drawings of what the author thought these people looked like in her head, not just a plug for the graphic novel coming out.

I will say that I was planning on re-reading the series but now feel I really don't need to since I just read a sort of 'cliff notes' version of it, so I'm all good...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N1kita on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Maybe I'm hoping too much from this book...
I love Vampire Academy series so definitely I bought this book. But I found out this is not for hard core fans since everything in this book is something I already know from 6 books of VA, nothing new. Synopsis of 6 books, characters' bio and relationship... oh, please, we know that already. Give us something that NOT obviously stated in the series. Mead's comment on each book doesn't add the excitement either. Wish I just borrowed it, not bought it.
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