Reviews for Vampire Academy

Booklist Reviews 2007 September #1
After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school, however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may mean life or death. Likable narrator Rose hides doubts about her friend behind a tough exterior; orphan Lissa, while coping with difficult emotional issues such as depression and survivor's guilt, uses her emerging gifts for good. Mead's absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse, if sometimes sterotyped, cast of supporting characters. Occasional steamy sex and a scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 December

Gr 9 Up-- Lissa and Rose, both 17, have a special bond, as is fitting for a vampire princess and her guardian-in-training, but theirs is closer than most. Lissa is Moroi--a race of living vampires that is persecuted by the deadly Strigoi, undead vampires that feed from and kill Lissa's kind. Rose is a dhampir--a half-vampire-half-human whose role is to guard the Moroi, at a time when both races are dwindling. Vampire opens with the girls on the lam from Montana's St. Vladimir's Academy. Lissa's power to heal is extremely rare and can drive one to madness. At the warning of a teacher, the pair run before Academy elders can take Lissa away to prevent her self-destruction. Through flashbacks and discussions between the girls, readers learn that while living among humans for two years, the Moroi teen illicitly sated her need for blood by feeding from Rose instead of from human donors. When the girls are caught and returned, they are watched closely, while hiding what happened when they were away. They discover attractions to those they should not be involved with and fight against suspicion and sinister forces that want to abuse Lissa's gift. All the while, their priorities and loyalty to each other are tested in the face of danger. This truly engaging and believable novel is on a par with Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" books (Little, Brown), but is more risqu. Fans of Melissa de la Cruz's "Blue Bloods" books (Hyperion) will enjoy this work.--Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library

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VOYA Reviews 2007 August
Rose Hathaway, a mythical, half-human, half-vampire dhampir, bears the sole responsibility for innocent vampire heiress Vasilisa Dragomir, the last of the royal Dragomir line with whom she shares a rare and bizarre psychic bond. After being dragged from their secret lair by ruggedly handsome guardian Dimitri Belikov to the Vampire Academy, Rose must face rigid academy rules, brutal physical conditioning, and severe punishments in order to be rated a sanctioned guardian who can protect Lissa from the deadly Strigoi and an unknown predator who seeks to destroy the Dragomir line for all eternity Mead bleeds black for fans of the gothic vampire novel and adds a touch of the sexy with sassy, sly, and hard-hitting Rose. But Rose puts her rogue urges on hold when it comes to her best friend and charge, Lissa-Rose's polar opposite who is in possession of a gift that puts her in danger and demands that her guardian be the most disciplined and altruistic around. This story is no ordinary vampire tale. Mead has done her homework on Romanian folklore and Orthodox Catholic saints, and she uses it to weave a unique and mesmerizing mystery with a whodunit ending that even the most skilled detectives will not predict. With social angst that every teenager can appreciate and sexual tension that leaves Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005/VOYA October 2005) looking like a children's book, this little gem is sure to be a hit. If readers can get past the trite title, the pages will surely turn themselves.-Erin Kilby 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.