Vampire Academy #1 by Richelle Mead, a book review.

Hi hot cute girly geek (and boys) of mine. Another book review. Seeing I have a lot of free time at the moment I going through my books like crazy, so be prepared for some spoilers!

The story is told by Rose Hathaway, 17 years old and a dhampire, as it turns out, half Moroi and half human. A Moroi is a good vampire and we also have Strigoi, evil vampires. Dhampires are sworn to protect the Moroi from Strigoi attacks. And Rose, still learning to be a guardian, is protecting her best friend Vasilisa Dragomir, also known as Lissa.

We meet up with the girls while they are on the run. They are in high school in Portland when they are found by guardians from their former school St. Vladimir’s Academy. And there is where we meet Dimitri Belikov, a young Russian guardian who is assigned to Lissa for protections, since Lissa is the last of her family and member of the one of the twelve royal families. The guardians bring back the girls to school and Rose is being punished for endangering Lissa by taking her of school grounds for almost 2 years. Because Rose didn’t train for during the years on the run she has to do extra training and being grounded for the rest of the year. Her trainer is Dimitri.

Ahh, Dimitri, 24 years, well respected by the other guardians, a slight Russian accent. He is 6’7”, has brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair, tanned skin and the body of a god, as Rose likes to call it. And I totally agree on that one with her. Richelle has a way of writing that you picture Dimitri in your head, and please god, can he be real? There are a lot of rumors going around on the Internet that the vampire academy books are being turned in to a movie, and I for sure can’t wait to see him in real life.

Ok, back to the review. So Rose is being trained by Dimitri, a lot, and there is a lot of sexual tension between these two. And although nothing really happens between them, they spark, and how! But they both know nothing can happen, but Rose’s point of view is really funny. Seeing her go all mushy on Dimitri.

Rose also turns out to be connected to Lissa trough a mind bond, she can see what Lissa sees and feel what she feels. This happened a couple of years ago, when Lissa brought back Rose from the dead during a car accident, where Lissa’s parents and her brother died.

All the Moroi have magic and they can wield, earth, wind, fire or water. But not Lissa, it turns out, she has Spirit magic, which is really rare. She is also good at compulsion, a side effect of using spirit, just as healing people.  The downside is that using spirit drains Lissa and makes her depressed. And can turn her crazy in the end.

Lissa’s uncle, Victor Dashkov, finds out Lissa can use spirit and forces his daughter to lure Lissa out, eventually kidnap Lissa and tormenting her in to healing him, because his is terminally ill. While distracting Rose and Dimitri are under a strong lust spell. This, I think is to bad, is broken off by Dimitri. And they end up saving Lissa from her uncle.

While he waits to be picked up by the royal guardians and is in prison at the school. Rose decides to talk to him about the lust spell. Because Dimitri told her, he has no feelings for her. Victor explains the lust spell can only work on what feelings are already there, when they are interrupted by his daughter, who turned Strigoi in order to be stronger and save her father from prison.  Victor escapes and his daughter is killed by Dimitri.

Dimitri has a long talk with Rose, or Roza, as he likes to call her. That they can’t be together. And you really feel for them.

I know this is a short summary of the book and I didn’t cover everything. But I feel that if I will, my review will be as long as the book.

I really loved this book. It’s not that long but it keeps you longing for more. I read this about 4 times now, but I still like to pick it up again and again. The romance between Rose and Dimitri. The original story about dhampires, Moroi and Strigoi appeals to me a lot. I like original vampire stories. And I find it hard to put this book down. A must read indeed.

I rate it 8.5 out of 10.

Let me hear your thoughts about it, if you read it.

Love, your hot cute girly geek.


About hotcutegirlygeek

Hi I’m Mendy, 30, live in the Netherlands together with my lovely cat Sir James. I’m a social worker who works with drug addicts and homeless people by day and a geek, avid blogger and aspiring author by heart. I read, write, blog, bake and create. More about Hot Cute Girly Geek

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