Spoilers for all Vampire Academy books in the following post.
Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Books: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice
My Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
Admittedly, I didn’t start this series in the best way possible, meaning I watched the movie first. Most who watched the movie would agree that it’s not the most well-made film in history. Still, it piqued my interest in the series, so I read the first book.
Unfortunately, because I watched the movie, I knew what was going to happen. It wasn’t as exciting as it might have been if I had just read the book, but this is entirely my fault. Either way, I wasn’t too terribly impressed with the reading experience, so I decided to give up on it, unwilling to commit to the next 5 books.
That is, until I was gifted a Kindle for Christmas last year. I’ve never really been a fan of e-books because I prefer to own the physical copies, so I wasn’t super excited about the gift, but I figured I could choose books to read on it that I didn’t care much about. This way, it wouldn’t matter to me that I didn’t own the actual book, so the books that came to mind were these.
I may not have been thrilled about the first Vampire Academy novel, but Frostbite got me hooked. Suddenly, I was interested in the characters, excited by the story and invested.
Rose Hathaway is a really wonderful character. She’s so obviously flawed: hasty and impulsive and a little careless; yet she’s also strong and loyal, and she always tries to do the right thing. Not only that, but Rose is funny and sassy and entertaining to read. She was a really great MC and I’m going to miss reading from her POV.
Her relationship with Dimitri was also really wonderful to read. Rose and Dimitri are my OTP, and even though I loved Adrian, I knew that he and Rose would never stay together. Rose was meant for Dimitri, and vice versa. Dimitri turning into a Strigoi was obviously heartbreaking, as was Rose’s journey to kill him. As was Dimitri turning back into a dhampir and rejecting Rose. The whole thing was a roller coaster, and I loved it.
I liked that Rose was able to check in on Lissa and see whatever she saw and read her thoughts. Not only was it an interested aspect of the story, Rose and Lissa’s bond, but it was also a really good way for readers to see what was going on wherever Lissa was while remaining in Rose’s POV. I found it really clever.
I liked Lissa, even though she seemed a little flat to me. She remained loyal to Rose throughout all her crazy ideas and plans. I also enjoyed her relationship with Christian, but mostly because I liked Christian. He was brooding and bitter and angry (*cough* just like me *cough*) but he loved Lissa, which was adorable.
My biggest complaint about the ending was where things left off with Adrian. He was one of my favorite characters and I was really disappointed to see things going south with him and Rose. Even though I didn’t want the two of them to date, I had always enjoyed their friendship and really hated the way they spoke to each other in the end. It seemed like everyone else got their happy ever after: Rose got Dimitri, Dimitri got Rose, Lissa became queen, etc. But Adrian was left with nothing and it was a real downer, honestly. I really hope that I see more of him when I read the Bloodlines series and that his story turns out okay. I want him to find happiness.
This bit of vampire lore was interesting and I really enjoyed the world of Moroi and dhampirs. I’m sad to see it come to an end, but excited to see what happens in the spin-off Bloodlines series.