By: Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy: Hogwarts meets the non-sparkly Twilight, and a kick-rump, flagrantly likable heroine makes this book one you can't miss, especially if you're, say, suffering from o-dear-paranormals-there-are-too-many-of-you-for-my-poor-heart-to-handle syndrome.
Truth is, that was my exact diagnosis about two weeks ago. But so many of my blogging friends liked this book that finally, being the weakling I am, I succumbed to their tremendous pressure.
And I am so glad. (is it just me, or does that totally make me sound like a Feeder?)
This book was a fantastic ride of twists, friendship, secrets, and love. What I especially enjoyed was that while this book takes place at a Vampire Academy (ha! See what I did there?), the central story does not revolve around vampirism. Instead, this is a story about Rose. And Rose, just like all the other characters in the story (whether secondary or not) were incredibly developed and (most of the time) likable. But... Man, Dimitri. I think I'm supposed to be head-over-heels in love with him right now, but while I can certainly call him hot, I still haven't been exactly proved why he is such an amazing specimen...I guess that means I'll have to go snag the sequels right now, yeah?
Overall, Vampire Academy is a quick, fun, slightly dark, and entirely satisfying paranormal read for someone who doesn't like paranormal. If that's you... succumb to the allure of the Vampire Academy!