this week, i'm reviewing a book i just finished, like, 10 seconds ago (as of when i wrote this).
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
confession time. in general, i don't like the vampire genre. i know. i'm a teenage girl. i love Twilight. i read. it should be a given that i like vamp books, right??
not so much--i just don't think most of them are very good.
Vampire Academy is different. Richelle Mead creates a full, three-dimensional world that draws the reader in.
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a guardian. And Dhampir guard the "good" vampires from the bad ones. The compassionless, immortal Strigoi.
Rose and her royal vampire charge, Lissa, ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy two years ago. However, not even Rose can keep Lissa out of the Academy's clutches forever, and they are finally tracked down and returned to the school they wanted so badly to escape.
As long as Rose and Lissa are together, though, nothing can keep them down. Or can it?
Beset by malicious classmates and little-understood powers, Rose may finally have more on her plate than she can handle. And if Rose makes one wrong move, she and Lissa will be separated forever....
Which would almost certainly lead to Rose's destruction.
this book was a welcome page-turner. i truly cared about Rose and Lissa, felt what they felt, rooted for them. i already have several people that i need to give this book to!
my one complaint: i wouldn't recommend this book to younger teenagers. it did have more sexual content than it perhaps needed.
regardless, i cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!
*announcement: Tahereh is hosting a book give away on her blog--stop by and check it out! all you need is a good book recommendation! (although it would help if you also had a blog and a Twitter account...)
(Tahereh, does this count as my book recommendation???)