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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.
©2005 Richelle Mead; (P)2008 Penguin
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By Felicity Fairchild on 05-14-09

Buy it! Vampire fan or not.

I'm not particularly fond of vampire novels, but I really enjoyed this series. I've read all of them, including Richelle's latest sequel, Bloodlines, and let assure you that none of them was a disappointment. Unlike most whiny, mopey, depressed, sulky and self-pitying protagonists we see so often nowadays, Rose is a genuine and strong heroine you will come to love. She is one of the few characters I feel I could actually relate to. The plots, the characters are much more realistic and relatable than that of Twilight. You can hate vampires and love this book!

I started reading Vampire Academy since 2008, so it was torture having to wait for the release of each book. Since they're all available now, you won't have to experience this kind of unpleasantness. Lucky you! I suggest that you download them all at once, take a week off and indulge yourself in this fascinating world.

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By Mitch on 08-24-12

The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series

It's bittersweet when the first book in an amazing series is the weakest chapter. It's great that each book gets progressively better, exceeding readers' expectations and causing them to fall more in love with the world and characters. However, a lot of people may be turned off by that first book and will never experience how fantastic the story eventually becomes. This almost happened to me with Vampire Academy. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't love it and I was hestitant when it came to starting the second. Luckily, though, I did.

I gave Vampire Academy 4 stars, but it probably only deserves 3.5. Richelle Mead's story and Stephanie Wolf's performance are adequate, but not spectacular. The world building is weak and the characters do not shine the way they do in later books. I highly recommend this book, but not based on it's own merit. It's requisite reading for the remainder of the series, which should not be missed.

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By Cheryl on 09-25-11

Vampires and Dhampirs

A book that is suitable for teens and adults. Dhampir Rose is a Guardian and watches over her close friend Lissa to whom she has a special bond. Lissa is a Moroi, a vampire blue blood (good guy) and also one of the last of her genetic lineage. The Strigoi (bad vampires) whole purpose in life is to attack he Moroi, wgich is why they need the protection of the Dhampir Guardians. Sound complicated? Well it isn't, in fact it is a great read and Richelle Mead has created a fantastic YA series. I highly recommend this author and book

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By Amez on 12-23-12

Definately better than expected!

I am an avid reader / audiobook listener. I love mystical books with vampires and etc. I have just got to the end of the audio House of Night series : ( which I wasn't happy about.. I love that series! I thought I'd give this a go, although it didn't look as appealing. However, I stand corrected. It is just as good, if you like the House of Night, Vampire Diaries, Twilight Saga and etc I reckon you'll love these too!

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By Michelle on 08-22-15

Entranced

It took a few chapters to get into it but once i got to chapter 8 i Couldn't stop listening! I will be downloading the rest now

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By Jessica on 01-08-15

Good book but bad reading

She spoke well but every sentence ended in a high tone taking away the severity in some of the more dramatic scenes. Maybe someone with a lower pitched voice would have been better.

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