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If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you may recall that a week and a half ago I made a whole post discussing the news of Vampire Academy being adapted for a TV show, while also complaining that the movie deserved better.
Well. Inspired by my own rambles, I picked up the first book to re-read just for fun but then one things led to another and ten days later I officially finished the entire six book series.
5 years these books have sat on my shelf and I read the lot in 10 days 😂😂 I don’t know what came over me. Actually I do. It was ✨anxiety✨ that prompted me to hide from life by reading these books at an onbsessive rate but that’s besides the point.
I really, really enjoyed my time re-reading the first four books and then finally finishing the final two novels and I’m here to talk to you about the series today.
*the covers are ugly. please enjoy this instead*
I don’t really know where to start with this review. I feel like I have a lot of things to say, and I don’t exactly know how to articulate so sorry if this is slightly all over the place … it probably doesn’t help that I legit went to bed at 6am this morning and it’s now almost 1am again.
This series starts off following Rose Hathaway and her best friend Princess Lissa Dragomir upon their return to St Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampires known as Moroi and half vampires called Damphirs, after their two years of running away. However they find themselves in a lot more danger then just two years of missed homework assignments …
Something I really appreciated about this series is that while reading the later books I never looked up and thought, to quote a tik-tok I get stuck in my head: “what happened to the original plot of the movie?” Sure things changed, we go on a rollercoaster ride to say the least, but the tone of the story and writing stays the same. The plot doesn’t become totally unrecognisable from it started, unlike in some other long series I’ve read.
The way this story was written, with Rose being the narrator and us experiencing everything through her eyes, definitely influences the fact that the series stays so consistent throughout. Rose Hathaway is a disaster of a character with so much charisma and personality. No matter what, you could always count on her inner monologue to bring the humour
A big part of Rose’s story is the romance with Dimitri. This might be an unpopular opinion but … I don’t ship Rose and Dimitri. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate it either. I knew they were going to be endgame from book 1 so I did try my hardest to get behind them but ultimately I didn’t care. I don’t know why this is either because they do have good chemistry. Maybe it’s the age difference? I kind of hope in the TV adaptation they have a much smaller difference.
Keeping on the subject of romance, I need to talk about Lissa and Christian. I know Romitri is probably meant to be the main OTP of this series but Chrissa/Listrian/whatever thier ship name is are the ones I loved to read about the most. I loved the not to meet-cut, their getting together, the ups and down. I thought they were a great example of realistic high-school sweetheart romance.
Christian in general became one of my favourite characters. I loved his dry humour and I really enjoyed seeing the progression of his relationship with Rose. I thought those two had a really cool dynamic of going from hating each other to being forced to get along to both actually caring about each other.
As much as I love Christian, Adrian Ivashkov is the one that comes out of this series with my entire heart and adoration. I loved him from his first appearance in Frostbite (one of the many reasons book 2 is my favourite). Him and Abe Mazur were the best additions to the series and I will definitely be reading bloodlines partly for more of them.
The series includes six books:
- Vampire Academy – I think this first book is a great way to get introduced to the world and the characters. It’s simple to follow but still incredibly entertaining.
- Frostbite – This second book is my personal favourite. I loved the introduction of Adrian, like I said before, but also the new snowy setting as a large portion takes place at a ski-lodge near Christmas time.
- Shadow Kissed – I didn’t realise how much of this book I’d forgotten from first reading it a couple of years ago so re-reading was fun.
- Blood Promise – Last time I read this book it put me in such a slump that I couldn’t get past 50 pages of the 5th book so I was kind of dreading my re-read but … I read the entire thing in one day. While still probably my least favourite of the series due to various things, including the fact that there’s a lot less action then previous books, I was surprised by how easily I got through this.
- Spirit Bound – This was the first of the series that wasn’t a re-read and I had so much fun. Rose really cemented herself as one of the most iconic YA characters.
- Last Sacrifice – As far as series finale’s go, this was really good.
Vampire Academy is one of the few major YA series I was somehow never spoiled for and I’m so glad. So many things caught me by surprise, like for example the amount of prison breaks that take place in the final books, and I think this all added to my reading experience.
I wasn’t planning on reading the companion/sequel series Bloodlines but now how can I not??