Book Reviews

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

the vampire academy richelle mead book review

Rating: 4

The first time I read The Vampire Academy series I fell in love! I have read the entire series a few times now and I still feel the same way. Also, I have been diving into the world of writing my own novel so I find my self analysis the structure and setting of the novels I read.

Synopsis Snippet

“The powerful blend of human and vampire blood flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, making her Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.”

the vampire academy richelle mead book review


Richelle Mead creates a world filled with three types of Vampires that co exist – to an extent, with humans. The Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi are described and developed throughout the novel. An understanding of where each vampire race stands in society is made quite clear and I never really questioned it.

If you continue through the novels you will get a deeper look inside this hierarchy!


The timeline of the novel begins with Rose and Lissa being caught after two years on the run. By the end of the novel you understand why they needed to leave but it wasn’t as climatic as I feel like it needed to be.

Also, being on the run for two years and only evading capture twice is a little hard to believe because of Lissa’s standing with the Royals and her being the last Dragomir. For being so important no one really tried very hard to find the girls in those two years, especially since Rose was still a Novice and Lissa has no training whatsoever.

Of course this is the perspective I am giving after reading the novel a few times – so the first time I read this novel I didn’t question any of these things.


Rose Hathaway is the protagonist and the series is written in first person so we really get to know Rose. Mead does a good job of portraying Rose’s stubborn sassy self.

Also, Rose and Lissa are linked through a connection allowing Rose to be able to feel and see what Lissa feels. It does sound far fetched but Mead weaves this element into the story seamlessly. As an aspiring author I love the way she did this because it allows her to keep Rose’s first person perspective while venturing into the world of Lissa.

Overall this is an awesome series filled with sass, love, heartache and adventure.

If you have read the Vampire Academy series which book is your favourite?

Happy Reading!

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