Name: Vampire Academy.
Author: Richelle Mead.
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads)
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 . . .
Lissa and Rose are enjoying their life of freedom until one day, 2 years after they ran away, they are dragged back to St Vladimir’s Academy. Set in the forests of Montana, the academy is home to vampire royalty and the guardians in training.
Lissa is a Moroi princess and has the unique ability to heal animals and people. She is a mortal vampire and she needs to be protected from the evil strigoi who will hunt her down whatever the costs.
Rose is a dhampir who has a very powerful mix of vampire and human blood running through her veins. She is Lissa’s protector and best friend and will do whatever it takes to protect Lissa from the Strigoi.
After 2 years away from the academy, Rose is banished to classes and special extra training sessions with a gorgeous older guardian. Rose must navigate her way through academy life while also continuing to use her special bond with Lissa to protect her at all costs.
This book was way out my comfort zone! I like books about vampires but never really read them until one day I decided to pick up this series.
At first it was a bit slow, a bit of a chore to read but I plodded along and I’m glad I did. The story really became interesting when we find out Lissa’s powers are more powerful then first thought.
It was easy to read and moved at a fairly quick pace towards the end. Mead’s writing is absolutely amazing and I can’t fault that in any way.
I will be continuing on with the series and hope the next book isn’t as slow to get into!
I’m gonna go ahead and give it 3.5 stars out of 5 purely because it was quite slow until the last 30% of the book. But it was still an alright read and I’m intrigued enough to read the next book in the series.