Richelle Mead ‘Vampire Academy’ – Book 1

Summary: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires–the ones who never die.

The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s–but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy’s iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever…


This was a great opener! I loved the story and all of the characters. It was set up so that you were hooked instantly.

Rose is outstanding: she is smart, beautiful, strong and clever. Rose and Lissa, her best friend and the girl she has sworn to protect, have ran way from their school they are captured and returned to school, by the very capable Dimitri.

Someone is trying to hurt Lissa and we are not sure why, but Rose will not rest until she gets to the bottom of it. She feels there is no one to trust except for her friend Lissa. While trying to protect her, Rose has to catch up on her training and Dimitri.

Dimitri has selflessly volunteered to help her, which leads to a very palpable attraction.

This book is great it has everything that a book should have, betrayal, mystery, friendship and the most important forbidden love!

The only thing, that bothered me, was that Lissa, as well as all the other vampires, never used their power to protect themselves, and they relied on the Dhampirs to them safe. That being said, this is still one of my favorite series and authors. And if they did protect themselves then I guess we would have no need for Rose or the super hot Dimitri!