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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

Description from: Amazon.co.uk

Review From Amazon:

This story is no ordinary vampire tale. Mead has done her homework on Romanian folklore and Orthodox Catholic saints, and she uses it to weave a unique and mesmerizing mystery with a whodunit ending that even the most skilled detectives will not predict. With social angst that every teenager can appreciate and sexual tension that leaves Stephanie Meyer's Twilight looking like a children's book, this little gem is sure to be a hit.--VOYA

Mead's absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse... cast of supporting characters.  A scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment. -- Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description

St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a 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 where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. But most of all, staying alive.

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This is the novel I chose to read when the snow came a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it.  Great plot, great pace, great writing.

This book is the first in the series and now I want to read more... the characters are well drawn and I found the humour sassy, with laugh out loud moments.  The world the author creates is realistic, but also unique and believable for the genre.  There is danger and suspense, coupled with action and more action and some slick plot twists.

I don't want to give too much away, but if you fancy a 'bite' of a vampire novel, read this!

My rating is 4.5 out of 5

Until next time...

Cat x

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