Vampire Academy : Vampire Academy

  • by Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by Stephanie Wolf
  • Series: Vampire Academy
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Mitch "I was first introduced to audiobooks during a summer when I decided to drive a truck in order to pay for college. Listening to books all day, every day was the only thing that made that job bearable."

Too immature for adults, too trashy for kids

Since my daughter went gaga over Twilight, I've been on a quest to find more vampire books for her. That's a difficult quest, since most vampire books are decidedly NOT for kids. Vampires are cool, but keeping their mystique and allure without making them gruesome or sexually explicit is a challenge.

This one tried-- the vampires here are teens in the equivalent of a high school. The premise itself is interesting, and I liked the vampire/dhampyr/human dynamics. However, all the petty high school cliques and jealously completely ruined the vampire "mystique". The kids in the story (16-17 year olds) get drunk on a regular basis, have sex, and have generally atrocious behavior towards each other and towards all the adults.

In sort, too much shallow teenage shenanigans to appeal to adults, and.. too much shallow teenage shenanigans to make me want it for my daughter.
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- Kristi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible