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Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1 | [Richelle Mead]

Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

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.
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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.

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©2005 Richelle Mead; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Artsygirl71 California 04-07-09
    Artsygirl71 California 04-07-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "Good Story - Bad Narrator"

    This book was good - worth the $3 I spent. The story was interesting, but a bit predictable. Teens could relate to the gossip and clicks. The narration was pretty bad. The high-pitched squeaky voices she used to portray the other female characters was sooo annoying. I never had friends in high school that talked like that.....I don't think I could stand it. Even the male voices (high school students) were bad. She made them sound dumb like Patrick Star from Spongebob. Overall, most of the high school characters were made out to be inferior to the heroine just by they way the narrator read the story. I doubt that is what the author was trying to do.

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    Jennifer Petaluma, CA, United States 04-04-09
    Jennifer Petaluma, CA, United States 04-04-09 Member Since 2015
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    "It's... alright"

    The storyline was pretty boring.. and the narrator is HORRIBLE. She literally just made different squeaky noises for each character. I really recommend the Sookie Stackhouse series, or Twilight instead! HOWEVER, for $3, it was totally worth it.

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    Deborah E. Alexander Atlanta, Georgia 04-03-09
    Deborah E. Alexander Atlanta, Georgia 04-03-09 Member Since 2013

    Deborah E. Alexander

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    "Great Series!"

    I cannot wait until the next book comes out in August! I really love the three SO far!

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    Francesca Brooklyn, NY, USA 04-03-09
    Francesca Brooklyn, NY, USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this series"

    For anyone looking for a new vampire series to read, this one is really good! Probably my second favorite vampire series (Sookie Stackhouse being #1) Characters are all good and lovable :) Also, the narrator is good, on all the audiobooks of this series. I actually think the second narrator is even better because she doesn't do such a hard russian accent, which was making Dimitri seem a bit harsh in this first one. But love the series, and can't wait for the next book to come out this year!

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    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 03-24-09
    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 03-24-09
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    "decent read"

    I had my doubts about this book when I first read the description, but after I had finished it I couldn't wait to download the next two. If you want a scary vampire story this isn't it. Later on in the series the action gets a little more intense and there is definitely suspense but I would say these are a little more romantic than anything else. The first book has a different narrator than the other two and I would have preferred they stayed with the original narrator. She does a decent job with the accents and doesn't mispronounce any of the names or words. The second narrator later on though is terrible. All of the characters have the same voices and she pronounces several things incorrectly every time. It gets annoying but you can get past it quickly and after that the story is very interesting. I loved the idea of different forms of vampires and the good vamps versus bad vamps concept. I would recommend this book to women more so than men.. I don't think they'd enjoy it as much.

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    Mari monroe, WA, USA 03-19-09
    Mari monroe, WA, USA 03-19-09
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    "Wow"

    I was very impressed. Anyone who likes Twilight will enjoy this as well. A slight twist of magic with the Vampire flavor.

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    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 03-03-09
    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 03-03-09

    mostly ya fiction... mostly...

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    "girl kicks butt + sultry romance, but not corny"

    I really liked it, and will probably go out and buy all the books now. I will be revisiting this one at some point in the future. Very satisfying...

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    Sapphire hampton bays, NY, USA 03-02-09
    Sapphire hampton bays, NY, USA 03-02-09
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    "A great Read"

    This is a great book, i as well as my god daughters have loved this whole series, though do to some of the content some parents might not find it excepable do to the sexual content. It was well written otherwise and well worth the read if you love Vampire novels with a romantic and mystery twist

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    Anisha Oklahoma City, OK, USA 02-25-09
    Anisha Oklahoma City, OK, USA 02-25-09
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    I really liked this book. Very different from any other vampire book I have listened too. The plot was good, the characters were right,even the voices for the characters were right. Will be getting the other 2 books in ther series. If you like vampire books this is a must to add to your collection.

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    Mary 02-06-09
    Mary 02-06-09
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    "enjoyable"

    I enjoyed the book, a little predictable. Did not like the narration, had 3 voices..squeaky, normal and low.

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