Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Book Review by Hush Hush Biz Book Reviewer Jamie Campbell
Vampire Academy is the first book in a long running series that revolves around students of the St Vladimir’s Academy.
Rose, a guardian who is half vampire and half human, is the tough talking, no nonsense protector for her best friend Lissa – a mortal vampire princess.
Forced back to the academy after running away, Rose and Lissa have to settle back into life amongst their not-so-forgiving peers and teachers.
Except life can’t return to normal when there are threats against Lissa’s life due to the deadly secret she is hiding. It is up to Rose to ensure her safety and stop her from being exposed. She also has to save Lissa from herself.
Mead has created a complex world of hierarchy, social protocols, and teenage angst. Rose is a character not easily liked, but mostly understood. Lissa is the popular girl you spent your teenage years hating.
While the movie looks like a must see, I wasn’t entirely sold on the book. The wide cast of interesting supporting characters is the main redeeming feature. It is a different spin on vampires, and for any lovers of the genre, they will enjoy it.