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Vampire Academy Box Set 1-4 [Paperback] Unknown Binding – 2010
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I did a search on Amazon for anything that was comparable to "Twilight," since that, in its way, had been totally absorbing. I came across this series. I know that I've seen these books before, but I had serious doubts. I thought that it was just a "Twilight" spin-off series and there was no way it could be that interesting with the cheesy covers, but the plethora of five star reviews made me intrigued. Also, don't judge a book by its cover, right?)
I ordered the box set of four. Something instinctually (or MAYBE it was the reviewer that said she was miserable after she read one and had to wait for the next one to come- I've been there before!) told me that I'd need at least the first four...I'm so glad I did!
This is, hands down, the best vampire series I've read yet. From the beginning, Rose is this complex mixture of strong, damaged, caring, sexy, whiny, but however she presents, you can't help but like her. The way Richelle Mead channels her, she comes across as very realistic. There are so many layers, you're bound to see a bit of yourself in her. Even when she does manage unrealistic feats, you find yourself says, "Well, if anyone could do that, Rose Hathaway could..."
All of her characters- Lissa, Christian, Adrian, Mia -Mead has created such wonderful surprises with them that you never know what to expect.
And Dimitri. Save the best for last. Dimitri is a god. You find yourself and Rose falling in love with him at the same time. He holds back, but then, gives in. He's her teacher, her guide, but their love is so passionate it transcends a LOT of things. By book four, I oddly found myself with these weird conflicting emotions. He'd broken my heart, but I still couldn't hate him, despite everything he'd done.
Seriously, if you're going through "Twilight" withdrawal, you won't know what hit you when you get these books. I have not been able to put them down and couldn't recommend them more highly!
I thought Bella in Twilight was a lot like me, but I realized later that she's a bit of a blank slate and almost anyone could project their personality onto her.
The protagonist of this series, Rose Hathaway, is nothing like me. In fact, she's almost a total opposite! I wouldn't do most of the things she does... however, I understand her motiviations because her thoughts are so well-written. How often do you cheer for a hero that is nothing like you?
I was rooting for her success the whole way and flew through all six novels in less than a couple of weeks (I never do that, I usually take ages to finish one book).
I can't recommend these enough!
Once I received my 4 book collection this past Thursday, I read them in three days over the weekend and was immediately obssessed with Lissa, Rose, Dimitri and the Author Ms. Richelle Mead. I can't wait for my next two books two arrive so I can continue my journey with this Excellent story.
Wow! I fell in love with Stephenie Meyer's Edward & Bella's Romance on the Twilight Saga! But Ms. Mead has won my heart with this powerful friendship & bond between Rose & Lissa, and the will Rose has to betray once again all her teachings as a Guardian to Protect the Moroi Princess Lissa, to save Dimitri from the dark Strigoi's power.
Excellent storyline! I Love It So Much!
My heart wants more Vampire friendship, bond, guardians, and forbidden love.
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