03 September 2011

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


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.

Most of what I said in my first go-around with Vampire Academy still stands, but now I have more to say about it.

Rose:  Not a cool main character.  She wants to be badass.  She isn't.  First of all, if you want to come off as a real badass, you can't be stupid.  When a seventeen-year-old has never heard of a primary source, I would classify them as "stupid" so Rose just sounds like an idiot when she argues with people.

Second, she's inconsiderate, unreasonably disrespectful, and just plain mean.  She's more of a bully than a heroic godsend.  I'm not saying that I think most of the world is full of flowers and sunshine, but not doing something when someone is being bullied?  Being hypocritical in how you treat your "best friend"?  Rose isn't charmingly out of control, she's a tyrant.  Selfish.  Oblivious.

Rose basically ruined the whole story for me.
Yeah, there were some really clever lines, but I can get the same type of "cleverness" from a bad MTV movie. 
Besides Rose, I didn't get anything from the other characters. The so-called "perfect" best friend—this selfless princess-seemed fake.  All of the characters were just downright shallow.  Dimitri wasn't hot.  All of his lines were cliché and predictable and his backstory wasn't original.  He was boring.

Take all the characters out and the plot was pretty boring too.  While it falls together okay in the end, nothing much seemed to happen in the middle.  All the descriptions lacked depth, so everything lacked excitement and credibility.

I'm not picking up this series. I don't want to have to wait until the third or fourth book for things to start to get good.

Book Info:
  • pages – paperback, 332
  • published – August 2007
  • publisher – Razorbill
  • genre – urban fantasy
  • received via – library
  • rating – 1/5
  • series – Vampire Academy
    • Vampire Academy
    • Frost Bite
    • Shadow Kiss
    • Blood Promise
    • Spirit Bound
    • Last Sacrifice