Friday, 7 February 2014

Kendal's Column: Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway is 17 and on the run with her best friend but they've been found. Now they've been taken back to school but is there something more dangerous than high school drama around the corner?

Rating: Thursday
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

When I originally picked up this book I admit I was skeptical because vampire books can either be really good or...not. however, i was pleasantly surprised as the book had realistic characters(for, y'know, vampires).
I feel I should mention that the book does contain strong language from, i think literally, the first page and is centered around the lives of 17 year olds (if you get what i'm saying) so be aware if you're sensitive to that kind of thing.
However, I must say I liked the balance of serious plot points and teenage politics and Rose's no-nonsense attitude that allowed the novel to have the occasional lighthearted tone.
That said, the novel is very romance centred and i'm still on the fence about whether i liked that aspect of it as much as i liked the serious plot.
To rate this book against others in the same genre i'd most likely place it as Eclipse in the Twilight Saga because it has the plot and the 'omg gurl u did not just do that' factor.
Overall i'd say this book is a strong contender in the vampire fiction genre (as it should be, seen as though the movie is out on February 14th- YES, NEXT WEEK) and is great for anyone interested in a book with a balance of light and dark plot points.

Oh and are the trailers!

From the look of the trailers they may have combined the plots from books further on in the series but i'm not entirely sure because, as we all know, films can vary from the original plotline of the book.

Happy Friday!

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