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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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Buy it! Vampire fan or not.

I'm not particularly fond of vampire novels, but I really enjoyed this series. I've read all of them, including Richelle's latest sequel, Bloodlines, and let assure you that none of them was a disappointment. Unlike most whiny, mopey, depressed, sulky and self-pitying protagonists we see so often nowadays, Rose is a genuine and strong heroine you will come to love. She is one of the few characters I feel I could actually relate to. The plots, the characters are much more realistic and relatable than that of Twilight. You can hate vampires and love this book!

I started reading Vampire Academy since 2008, so it was torture having to wait for the release of each book. Since they're all available now, you won't have to experience this kind of unpleasantness. Lucky you! I suggest that you download them all at once, take a week off and indulge yourself in this fascinating world.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Mitch
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 08-24-12

The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series

It's bittersweet when the first book in an amazing series is the weakest chapter. It's great that each book gets progressively better, exceeding readers' expectations and causing them to fall more in love with the world and characters. However, a lot of people may be turned off by that first book and will never experience how fantastic the story eventually becomes. This almost happened to me with Vampire Academy. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't love it and I was hestitant when it came to starting the second. Luckily, though, I did.

I gave Vampire Academy 4 stars, but it probably only deserves 3.5. Richelle Mead's story and Stephanie Wolf's performance are adequate, but not spectacular. The world building is weak and the characters do not shine the way they do in later books. I highly recommend this book, but not based on it's own merit. It's requisite reading for the remainder of the series, which should not be missed.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcia
  • New Freedom, PA, United States
  • 10-03-08

Very interesting story

I got this audio book a few months ago and have listed to it more than once, at 15 years old and male I'm not exactly the target audience but it was still griping and clever in my opinion, I am excited for the sequel to come out to audio book

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 07-01-08

Finally Got My Sons To Read..

When I first got this from audible I listened to it in my car on way up to see my sons. I really enjoyed the book and thought my sons would too. So while I was there I had them download the book on to their iPods and was able to get them into the story. They went and bought the second book and I pre-ordered the 3rd for them. It is such a joy to get two teen age boys (19 and 17) to pick up a book and actually read. Looking forward to more great books from this author.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • Indiana
  • 05-11-10

The start of a great series

Vampire Academy is the first in a series, and I fully intend on downloading the rest. I believe it is intended for a YA audience, but at 45 I loved it as well. It was a good story, and the narration (complete with Russian accents and inflections only teenagers can give) was spot on! A nice paranormal story that doesn't gloss over the real problems of adolescence.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I'm a huge FAN!

I read all 4 of the books, and now am listening to them and have to say, what an excellent experience. You hear things you missed while reading and it brings it to life so much more. What an awesome series, and I'm not even a teen! I would recommend this entire series to anyone. Better than Twilight in my opinion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Brooke
  • West Chester, PA, USA
  • 04-25-08

My teen loved it

My 13 year-old son loved this book and has already ordered the sequel from amazon (since it is not on audible), as well as pre-ordered the 3rd book.

It was obviously gripping - he listened to the whole thing in 2 sittings (and would have done it in one if I hadn't made him go to bed). He said the narrator was good as well.

It sounds like an interesting take on vampire-lore.... where vampires are not immortal or evil unless they kill a human. And they have half-human / half-vampire guardians who are trained to protect them. I might give it a listen myself.

FYI - the kinds of books he loves are fantasy: Harry Potters, Artemis Fowls, LotR, Eragon, etc.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Vampire Acadamy RULES!

Wauw! I just finished listning to this book and I absolutely loved it! It's very well written. It also reminded me of Harry Potter by the way. Also gossiping students locked up in an acient (looking) building, magic powers and big threads to the main characters.

I really like that the girl who's tells the story, Rose, is a non-magic kick-ass guardian who trains every day. I like tough (and ruthless!) heroins. :)

Altough, unlike Harry Potter which I once red to 10 and 12 year olds, I'm not very comfortable with the idea of 13 year old boys reading this stuff too. There is a some talk about sex, so-called 'bloodwhores' and at some point we have some nicely described nudity. Further, we have some dead animals, some dead vampires, very much passing out, not too shocking. It is a story about special teens, but not for teens who aren't at least a little mature.

Oh, the story is also very funny because told by Rose. Your sort of in her head, and her head is pretty amusing.

Anyway, a perfect 10! (in US straigt A?)

(Sorry my English is not flawless,- I'm Dutch)

26 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Brenna
  • Brantford, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-16-12

Review from Esther's Ever After

So I FINALLY jumped on the VA bandwagon - I feel like I'm the last person to have read it! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Bloodlines last summer for review and decided to give it a shot - much to my surprise, I totally fell in love and it wasn't until I read Bloodlines that I actually had a desire to read VA!

I can totally see what all the fuss is about - I'm not a huge fan of vampires or paranormal books in general, but I really love that VA doesn't feel like every other vampire book out there. And a pretty awesome, strong lead female definitely helps too!

Reasons to Read:

1.This isn't your standard YA vampire fare:

I love that Richelle incorporated her own twists on vampires and different elements. To be honest, the vampires in the VA world very rarely felt like traditional vampires - or even vampires at all - for most of this first book. They just seemed so normal and, well, more like fancy humans. Especially since Rose is a dhampir. And I LOVE the magic aspect to it.

2.Great blend of paranormal and contemporary:

I also love that this one isn't overloaded with paranormal events and elements; there's a distinct contemporary feel to it, similar in the way that a lot of the characters go through very real, very familiar struggles. It definitely makes them easier to relate to, it's just more exciting than any of the highschool drama I ever witnessed haha.

3.Rose is a very different sort of main character:

I think in YA, we kind of get used to reading about the misfit characters - ones who aren't entirely confident, or just don't feel like they fit in. In some ways, Rose definitely is a misfit and there are times when her confidence is a bit lacking... but overall, she isn't like that. She's very confident about herself, overall, and often does find ways to fit in and roll with the punches. It's nice to live vicariously through characters like her at times. And while there were a few times where I could easily see how immature and young she was (which isn't a bad thing, it's factual) I also know that there's plenty of room for improvement in that area too (seeing as there are a whole bunch of books in the series).

4.Strong female friendships:

I know that there are some special reasons why Lissa and Rose are bonded together, but I find it so heartening to read about two characters who can be so close as friends. Too often I feel like the good friends take the backseat in books, or turn out to be jerks. But these two such depths of loyalty and mutual concern for each other, something which I wish we saw more of in YA books.

And yes, there's definitely action. And mystery. Plenty of other elements to keep you intrigued and easily hold your attention for the book and leave you looking for more at the end.

But at the same time, I could definitely tell that this book was really more of a set up for later books because it lacked a lot of the excitement and action I was highly anticipating after hearing so much about these books. And there were too many times when people just felt far too oblivious to what was going on around them. I definitely have the impression that I'll love the later books though.

Lastly, I also don't feel like I missed out by reading Bloodlines & The Golden Lily first. Yes, I am definitely spoiled for some things - but honestly, I never would have read VA without Bloodlines. And I didn't find Bloodlines confusing without having read VA, but I believe I'm in the minority on that one.


Thoughts on the audio:

The other bit that might have taken away from my experience was the audio and narration itself. I didn't love the narrator, but I did get used to her voice. The problem was when she switched to different voices for other characters - Lissa and Mia were just far too annoying, and I really can't stand the Dimitri voice. My sister told me at one point that it reminded her of an old Russian lady, and after that I just couldn't picture anything else.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • tucson, AZ, United States
  • 05-08-12

good

This is a good book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if i were younger but it is worth listening to.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • 09-25-11

Vampires and Dhampirs

A book that is suitable for teens and adults. Dhampir Rose is a Guardian and watches over her close friend Lissa to whom she has a special bond. Lissa is a Moroi, a vampire blue blood (good guy) and also one of the last of her genetic lineage. The Strigoi (bad vampires) whole purpose in life is to attack he Moroi, wgich is why they need the protection of the Dhampir Guardians. Sound complicated? Well it isn't, in fact it is a great read and Richelle Mead has created a fantastic YA series. I highly recommend this author and book

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amez
  • 12-23-12

Definately better than expected!

I am an avid reader / audiobook listener. I love mystical books with vampires and etc. I have just got to the end of the audio House of Night series : ( which I wasn't happy about.. I love that series! I thought I'd give this a go, although it didn't look as appealing. However, I stand corrected. It is just as good, if you like the House of Night, Vampire Diaries, Twilight Saga and etc I reckon you'll love these too!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 03-17-11

Great introduction to Vampire Accademy Series

Don't be fooled by thinking this is just another vampire/human teenage angst series. It isn't. Basically there are three types of vampire, one that was born a vampire, one that is half vampire/half human and one that is created a vampire. This series is about the survival of the fittest and the half vampire/human students learning how to guard the safety of the pure vampires they are assigned to. Protecting them from their nemesis, the created vampires. This story enticed me from the beginning and although the heroine, Rose, is a nasty, whiny, spoiled brat, as the story develops, I grew to like her and believe that her main purpose is to protect her best friend and pure vampire, Lissa. That is of course, until she falls for another half vampire/half human who is forbidden and struggles with her own emotions whilst protecting lissa. Great first book and eager to crack on with the next installment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • 04-13-13

Brilliant

I've previously read the Vampire Academy books, and the spin-off series, Bloodlines, and I love them! To me, they're the best vampire series of books.

I wasn't sure how much the audiobook would give or take away from my imagination, especially as I've found some audiobooks to be quite boringly read. But I was really happy with this one - including the accents put on for Dimitri and some of the other characters.

I've just downloaded Frost Bite, the second in the series, so will soon be starting on that one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-17

amazing can't wait to load next one to continue

there story this is much better than the film. highly recommended love it on while wait for kids

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  • Caity
  • 02-18-17

Love the narrator

My first audio book I bought I wasn't disappointed, while I think the typical teenage things would have been more relatable if I was still a teen when I read this I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Kirsty Titchard
  • 02-15-17

enthralling

absolutely love this book roses story is one I love too get lost in time and time again I also own the complete set on paperback aswell as most of them on here trust me this is well worth your time xx

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  • Keith
  • 02-26-16

Fairly decent read

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It was an enjoyable read however the series is really tailored to the teenage girl demographic so bear that in mind. Good story though, well written and narrated.<br/><br/>I'll likely be finishing off this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-15

one of the best vampire series out there

one of the best vampire series out there
good plot twists, excellent characterisation, realistic and dramatic romances, heart stilling action

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  • karen
  • 05-29-15

brilliant

fantastic first book in the series I highly recommend you get this and the others

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  • Michelle
  • 08-22-15

Entranced

It took a few chapters to get into it but once i got to chapter 8 i Couldn't stop listening! I will be downloading the rest now

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • 01-08-15

Good book but bad reading

She spoke well but every sentence ended in a high tone taking away the severity in some of the more dramatic scenes. Maybe someone with a lower pitched voice would have been better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-17

Vampire Academy, the best

It's a book I can listen or read over and over. can"t wait to start the next book Frostbite.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-17

Best book series ever!

Have always loved this series! The voice over was awesome loved how there was a different voice for everyone made picturing the book so easy!

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  • Ian St Leon
  • 07-17-17

Strong Start

Interesting take on the Vampire genre, well constructed story with excellent pacing. Leaves the door open for future books.

The narrator though good for the most struggles in my view with the variations and falls back onto stereotypical voicing, this was distracting from the strength of the second female hero of the story.

Definitely a young teens book this could be enjoyed by anyone who like the Vampire genre as a lead in to something more substantial.

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  • Emma Catchpole
  • 10-19-15

Great Story, Bad Reading

If you could sum up Vampire Academy in three words, what would they be?

A must for YA lovers!

What other book might you compare Vampire Academy to, and why?

Similar to the House of Night series

What didn’t you like about Stephanie Wolf’s performance?

Her voice was too childish and high. It should have been deeper

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Smart, Sexy and Captivating!

Any additional comments?

I loved this book! I debated reading this book for so long, but put it off as I was uncertain how childish it would be. I wish I had picked it up earlier! I loved it so much. The only downside was the narrator, her voice was so high and child like it really detracted from the story, I wish I had read the physical book instead. I think I would have loved it even more! I have now purchased the second audiobook as well for listening :) definitely recommend to all YA or paranormal lovers. <br/>