Monday, August 26, 2013

Review : Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Title : Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author : Richelle Mead
Published : August 16th 2007 by Razorbill
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 -goodreads

Title : Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author : Richelle Mead
Published : April 10th 2008 by Razorbill
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price... -goodreads

Title : Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3)
Author : Richelle Mead
Published : November 13th 2008 by Razorbill 
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most -goodreads

Title : Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)
Author : Richelle Mead
Published : August 25th 2009 by Razorbill
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love? -goodreads

Title : Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #5)
Author : Richelle Mead
Published : May 18th 2010 by Razorbill 
Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... foreve
r -goodreads

Title : Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #6)
Author : Richelle Mead
Published : December 7th 2010 by Razorbill
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Bye Twilight Saga. THIS is my kind of vampire story :D

This series is incredibly amazing. Seriously, I read all 6 books in a row. I just couldn't help it. [this review may contain spoiler]

Rosa Hathaway was like a dhampir heroin who could do everything, well.. except magic because that was Moroi's thing. She had a best friend, a royal Moroi best friend, Vasilissa Dragomir. Dhampir's job was to protect Moroi against Strigoi. Both Rose and Lissa took their education in St. Valdimir's, a vampire academy. As the time goes, Rose found herself fall in love with Dimitri Belikov, her dhampir teacher and Dimitri loved her back. Once they just started their romance life, a tragedy occured and compelled Rose to dropped out school to hunted Dimitri down. 

On her journey, she learned that Dimitri was actually could be saved. To save him, she has to broke to prison and freed a Moroi criminal, Victor Dashkov, who endangered Lissa's life in the past. Victor was the only one who had the information that could help her saved Dimitri. With a long hassle and help from Lissa, Dimitri was finally back to his normal self but at that time Rose had fell to Adrian. Rose torn between Adrian and Dimitri. She had to chose to be with Adrian or Dimitri. While her love life was still at stake, Rose got another problem. She was accused kill the Moroi queen. Once again Rose had to runaway while Lissa tried to clear her name. With the queen's death, Lissa herself caught in the middle of Moroi politics. In her escapee, Rose also helped Lissa with the politics situation.

I liked Rose character. She was strong, fierce but still has her womanly side. She was also loyal to Lissa and I can say to Dimitri too. I know.. she fell for Adrian once but she never given up on Dimitri, right? (Sorry to all Adrian fans). Lissa's character development was also good. From a weak Moroi, she became stronger in each happenings. 

Dimitri oh Dimitri.. he melted my heart. Such a gentleman *still melting*. Not only Rose who torn between Dimitri and Adrian, I did too XD At first I heart Dimitri, but when Dimitri was away, I heart Adrian. Then Dimitri was back again and I was back to Dimitri as well :p Well, at last Dimitri was the winner :D

The story from book 1 to 6 was so intense. There were more action then romance which I really like. Richelle Mead is really good in playing readers' emotion. There were lots of story twist and turns. I experienced roller coaster emotions way too many times. Actually I was glad I read the ebook, I'm afraid I would squeeze the book when I got frustrated. I finally could breathe in the last 2 chapter of Last Sacrifice.

The Vampire Academy has 2 novella : The Meeting and The Homecoming. The Meeting told about Dimitri's first meeting with Rose from Dimitri's point of view. The Homecoming plotted after Last Sacrifice. It was about Rose and Dimitri went back to visit Dimitri's family in Siberia.

I've watch the movie trailer and I have to say that I was a little disappointed because there were more romance scenes then the action ones. Judging from the novel, I have a high expectation in this vampire movie. I hope the movie will not emphasize on the romance. Well, let's see when it comes to cinema on 2014.

My rating : 5/5


Anonymous said...

So my dear Christine, what is the best novel-adapted-movie based on your judgement??

Christine said...

So far, The Lord of The Ring series is the best.

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