Friday, December 29, 2017

Vampire Academy Series Review

Vampire Academy Series (Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice)
By: Richelle Mead

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever.

As with the last series I reviewed (House of Night) I decided to review all the books of this series as one. This was another recommendation from my sister, and she lent me her books all at once. I devoured them within a few days. I couldn't get enough of reading this series. Anyone who knows me or has read my reviews knows my weakness for great loves, and this series definitely has that. It kept me hooked throughout the whole series, never once getting stale. 

The series began rather tame and I had low expectations as I was unsure of what to expect. About halfway through the first book my expectations and opinion of this book soared. I almost immediately loved the main character, Rose. She had a strength and unwavering loyalty to her friend Lissa, that was absolutely admirable. She is very self aware and mature for her age and her character only grows exponentially in all aspects throughout the series making her one of my favourite book characters of all time. I was drawn in more to her story when she met Dimitri and their story grew so complicated and involved and yet she never wavered from him. She went through so much for him and vice versa, it was exactly the kind of powerful mushy love that I love to read about.

The conflict in the series changed throughout the books, and there wasn't one main bad guy that carried on throughout all of the books. Each book had something refreshing to intrigue the reader and keep our interest. I particularly enjoyed the fourth and fifth books, as the villain was someone I didn't expect and kept Rose on her toes and me on the edge of my seat. 

The author did a great job with her imagery and description, but also with the perception she weaves with her stories. I spent the majority of the series not liking Lissa's character because she over shadows Rose so much, whether or not it was intentional on her characters part is beside the point. When I reflected back on the books after reading them I concluded that while Lissa's character always over shadowed Rose's in their lives, in the books Lissa's character was almost always in the background. So while in their reality Rose was just a guardian to the ever-important Lissa, to the reader Rose is the most forefront character in the story. For whatever reason the realization of that raised Lissa slightly in my opinion. 

My favorite part of this series was not the characters or the love story, it was that even with all the other fantasy novels out there involving vampires there is still some originality to be had. Reading a series like this involving school systems, different vampire races, the history of the species', etc, gives the reader insight into the intricacies of the writers mind, and personally, I found the mind of this author fascinating. She continued on throughout the series introducing new characters, new races and kept things fresh all while slowly introducing a new world to the reader. One that may be a lot bigger than just the stories the author gave us in this series.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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