Audiobook Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance
Publication Date: August 16th, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. 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 Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…” (Goodreads)

I remember seeing this series in my teen years but never picking it up for whatever reason. Honestly, teen me would have loved this book so much. In ways it reminded me of The Morganville Vampires but there are also differences between them. I did like this book for the most part as the plot was enticing when it came to the mystery surrounding Rose and Lissa. It had me wanting to continuously listen to the audiobook. The one major thing I didn’t like was all the romance and wanting of these characters.

Rose is bound to Lissa in some way or another and as a guardian she must protect her at all cost. They have a great friendship and it’s almost like they are sisters as they are inseparable. I really liked that. Although they have a great bond, it doesn’t mean everything is always rainbows and sunshine. We get to see their bond grow and also wither at times when Rose feels she knows what is best for Lissa even when that isn’t always the case. I’m glad they were able to get past it all and become even stronger together.

The other characters in the book are a bit of a mixed bag. Some get more development than others so I can’t really say much on most of them. This is your typical school/teen drama book so there are mean girls and guys who are up to no good. It’s not my favorite type of genre but it definitely made the book less boring.

As for the romance, it was okay. I feel like everyone was just a bit too horny and the pairings were just bland and underdeveloped. The age gap between Dimitri and Rose is also quite questionable.

The mystery surrounding everything happening to Rose and Lissa was my favorite part of the book. It’s the one thing that kept me hooked from the beginning. Even though things wrapped up by the end you can tell that part of the story isn’t done and I’m curious enough to try book two.

Overall, this was a good book even if I didn’t like everything about it. I’ll still try book two and hopefully there will be more development for certain aspects of the story.

9 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

  1. I have to admit at the time, when i read these books i liked them, mostly because of the friendship between Rose and Lissa, but the romance, especially Rose’s was a huge NO for me.

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    1. Yeah, I do like their friendship but it’s just so hard to look past the romance when it’s so cringe. 😅

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    1. Unfortunately I dnfed the series after getting through the second book. It’s just hard to get past the relationship. Glad you have enjoyed the series though!

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  2. Okay, I totally agree that the age gap between Rose and Dimitri is questionable and his role in it is something I have mixed feelings about. But I do love the way her side of it is written. Rose doesn’t really discuss this in the three books of the series I ended up reading, but she clearly has the unaddressed trauma of maturing quickly for her age. She was neglected by her mother growing up, as well as assigned a role in her society that required maturity and big life decisions from her as a teenager. Add to that various traumas such as a near death experience, and I think it’s incredibly interesting that as a seventeen-year-old she is capable of pretending to be an adult in college for a period of time and doing so well. She never fully transitions into the mindset of a teenager in high school at the academy because she’s been forced to take on so many adult tasks already. I just think that’s an interesting dynamic to write about, showing a teenager that isn’t great at making decisions (like whom she’s attracted to) but thinks she is because she’s had to make adult decisions.

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    1. I definitely get that. It’s hard to have to grow up before you are ready. It’s just hard for me to look past the relationship and Dimitri is not great at keeping his feelings locked in especially in book two by the end. For me, the romantic relationships just overpower everything else.

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