Join us to get Frostbite into production!

Are you a big Vampire Academy fan? Did you love the first movie, despite its many flaws and cringe-worthy moments? Or do you just have a big heart for people who love books and want to see them come to life on the big screen?

The entire Vampire Academy series is my favorite series of all time. There are no words to describe just how much I love each and every book which Richelle Mead has so perfectly crafted. And when I found out that the first book would be turning into a movie back in 2014, my heart stopped I was super pumped. While the movie did have its ups and downs, I still loved it immensely and it has since become one of the my favorite movies as well. Unfortunately, due to the way the film was marketed and advertised, it didn’t do so well in the box office and we also didn’t manage to get Frostbite due to its lack of support on IndieGoGo, but we will not back down! 

Help sign the petition so that we might get Frostbite on to the big screen sometime (or the small screen on Netflix!). Us Vampire Academy fans want nothing more than to see our favorite books come to life in front of our eyes. 

Please join our voices and sign with us! 


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Vampire Academy #6: Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!


Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.
Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).
Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.

Published: December 7th, 2010


Page Count: 608
“They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.


Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?”




~


Last Sacrifice is nothing more than the ultimate and perfect wrap-up to the best series written of all time (in my opinion). This is where all the chips fall into place for everyone and also sets up part of the plot for Bloodlines. (I’m talking major foreshadowing). It is also the most diverse book, in my opinion, because of all the locations visited. Unlike all the other Vampire Academy books, where the biggest locations are St. Vladimir’s Academy and the Court, Rose and her entourage visit at least a good extra five locations. Also the plot itself is extremely diverse. No more high school games here, this is all about life and death. Rose running as a fugitive from a crime she hadn’t committed, trying to find the actual murderer, finding the lost illegitimate Dragomir, Lissa having to deal with the monarch trials and just the general politics of the Court. And on top of that, Rose needs to deal with being torn between having a comfy life with Adrian and the undeniable sexual tension heating up between her and Dimitri. 


I would definitely say that Last Sacrifice is my favorite of all the books, since it took all of the other five books to buildup a world and the relationships needed to really bring out the big guns with this last installment. I can’t help but always end up crying at the end of this book, since it’s just so jam-packed with heartache and bravery and sacrifice. I think Lissa’s coronation was the perfect setting for the end of the book; it gives us a nice ending for all of our characters (whom we won’t see very much of in Bloodlines) and seeing Lissa being crowned queen of the Moroi is really the cherry on top as far as the plot goes.


I would like to start of by applauding Richelle for bringing us so many complex characters for us to love. Rose is by no means the perfect eighteen year old girl out there, but that’s exactly what makes her so relatable. Sometimes there are going to be moments that make us want to roll our eyes or shake some sense into her, but it’s exactly those weaknesses and faults that create such an interesting person and makes me want to get to know her. I love just how strong she is and how determined she will strive towards her goal, not accepting anyone else’s ideas of perfection but her own. She doesn’t want to die and so she will give her all in order to ensure that. 

“My death is not some appointment penciled in on a calendar.”


Not only Rose, but also Lissa’s flaws shine through in this book. Only when Lissa needs to go through her monarch trials does she realize just how hard it is for her to be alone, and I think it’s a big turning point for her. All her life, she’s been pampered as a princess, given all the comforts and luxuries she’s ever needed (let’s just ignore those two years when she and Rose ran away, shall we? hehe). It really does push her to the limit emotionally and she really does develop into the best Moroi queen the vampires could have ever asked for. Rose is good at being physically capable of taking care of herself but isn’t very good at putting her thoughts into words, whereas Lissa is great at politics but needs someone else to take care of her safety. The two of them balance each other out perfectly, as do Rose/Dimitri and Lissa/Christian in different ways and that’s why I love both of these couples so much. I think throughout most of the series, Lissa has always been classified as being the perfect princess, whom bad things always happen to and who always needs protecting. But I think especially at the end, when she finds out about Jill being her half-sister does the reader see that also Lissa has a hard time accepting certain things and does sometimes slip up and act less than perfect but also has the strength within herself to deal with all the issues without Rose being there to pull the darkness of spirit from her.  


“Sometimes the greatest tests of our strength are situations that don’t seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving is the hardest thing of all.”




I must say that despite the fact that I know exactly who is the culprit of Tatiana’s murder, Tasha’s betrayal still hurts me each time I read the story. She had definitely become a very liked character over the series, and it was an extremely hard blow for me the first time I had read the book. Obviously, once you reread the book you can tell that Tasha was very sneaky and clever and you can see the telltale signs of her betrayal, but it’s still extremely saddening at the end, especially for Christian.  

Rose and Dimitri’s sexual tension was amped up a lot in this book, and it was extremely heartbreaking to finally see Dimitri coming to the realization that he had made a mistake in letting her go, as well as seeing him actually accept Rose and Adrian’s relationship and letting her go. 
Seeing Adrian get broken up with was extremely difficult as well (even though us Bloodlines readers know that there isn’t much to worry about anymore). I don’t in any way think that Rose sleeping with Dimitri while she was still ‘together’ with Adrian was the right and honorable thing to do, but I also think that she was completely right in discovering that Adrian sees himself as a helpless victim and that isn’t the character and strength of the person that Rose needs to be with. She needs an equal, someone who will always be there to protect her and who can keep up with her crazy adventures, and Dimitri is exactly that someone.


“You’ve always been my equal, Roza.” 

“Because sometimes, a person can get so caught up in the details that they miss the whole. It’s not just the dress or the hair. It’s you. You’re beautiful. So beautiful, it hurts me.” 



I do absolutely love the way the entire book progressed, both from Rose’s point of view and her adventures, as well as being able to keep tabs on Lissa and how the monarch trials were going. Despite the fact that I am a huge Rose fan, I do have to admit that life at the Moroi Court did always interest me a tiiiiny bit more than anything else, because the politics and life of the nocturnal vampire world really do fascinate me. I just absolutely love this supernatural world that Richelle had thought up and I just can’t keep stressing that enough.   



~


“Sometimes the greatest tests of our strength are situations that don’t seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving is the hardest thing of all.”



“Sometimes talking to you is like talking to myself: pretty damned annoying.”



“Apparently, Tatiana was as annoying in death as she had been in life.”



“Hey, you’d benefit from a wardrobe change,” said Adrian. “Besides, I bet you’d look great in a halter top.”



“Ah, my daughter,” he said. “Eighteen, and already you’ve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians will ever see.” He paused. “I couldn’t be prouder.” 



“You managed to get to get him a duster, but you couldn’t find me a pair of jeans?” 



“Great,” I said. “Another conference call. I have really got to start blocking your number.”



“Do all Strigoi go through some boot camp and learn all the same threats? It’s a wonder you don’t cackle too.’ 



“Some rules are bigger than the universe.” 



Black smiled radiantly. “May I call you Vasilisa?”  

“You can call me Lissa.”  

“You can also,” added Christian, “let go of her hand now.”



“What the hell?” I asked, “Is this daring escape being sponsored by Honda?”



Vampire Academy #5: Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!


Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.
Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).
Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.


Published: May 18th, 2010


Page Count: 489

“Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.”










~

I think Spirit Bound is probably the most under appreciated book in the Vampire Academy series. A lot happens in this book, a lifetime of things and I think especially Lissa goes through a massive character development in this book. 

Once more, I must say that I absolutely admire the way in which Rose is willing to sacrifice herself over and over again in order to save Dimitri – for real this time.
And I also think it’s majorly awesome that she takes along Lissa this time, since she kicks ass with her spirit powers. 

After coming back from Las Vegas, Rose is being detained for a while and Lissa has to go off on her own to figure things out at Court. This is where I think the roles between the two of them get reversed for a small amount of time. Lissa is the one who becomes willing to lay down her life to stay Dimitri and is determined to learn how to fight. With both Rose doing work and Christian gone from her side, she becomes a lot more independent. It is truly a phenomenal experience, once she does actually stake Dimitri, to see Lissa go into this complete warrior-princess mode. 

Once Dimitri gets turned back into a dhampir, things get a little…complicated between him and Rose. 
It’s truly a painful experience to read about how Dimitri treats Rose in this book. The tension between Rose and Lissa also shoots up, since Lissa is the one who wants Dimitri protected from any outside stimuli that might harm him, while Rose is determined to break down the prison bars and shake some sense into him. While I can understand where Lissa is coming from, I know that if I were Rose, I’d be just as angry as she is at not getting the recognition she deserves from Dimitri. She was the one who for the most part saved him and it actually makes me angry as a reader to see her being treated to unfairly. It also completely breaks my heart to hear Dimitri telling Rose that he doesn’t love her anymore. (*cue tears*)

“I’ve given up on you,” he said back, his voice also soft. “Love fades, mine has.”



Meanwhile, Rose and Adrian progress in their relationship. Although I don’t think this relationship runs exactly parallel to the one between Rose and Mason, you can definitely see the telltale characteristics of Rose not being able to completely devote herself to Adrian. You can see that she is trying, though. I think she really does want to move on, especially after all the things Dimitri has said to her.  

“He’s out of line! He has no right to threaten my boyfriends. I’m eighteen. An adult. I don’t need his help. I can threaten my boyfriends myself.”


It is obvious, however, when the royal guardians come for her, that Dimitri is still willing to lay down his life for her, no matter what. There is still a major spark there, one that tells her that he would never stop protecting her. 

“Don’t touch her,” he growled. There was a note in his voice that would of scared me if it had been directed toward me. He shoved me behind him, putting his body protectively in front of mine with my back to the table. Guardians came at us from all directions,and Dimitri began dispatching them with the same deadly grace that had once made people call him a god.”


And then once again, the main focus of the book is shifted immediately when we find out why Rose has been taken into custody. They think she was responsible for Tatiana’s murder. 
Mind. Blown.


“What have you gotten me into?” I hissed to him. 

“Me? What have you gotten yourself into? Couldn’t I have just picked you up at the police station for underage drinking, like most fathers?”


My favorite part of the book is no doubt the part where Lissa and Christian get back together. It’s filled with such sweetness and understanding and makes me *squeaaal* 

“I don’t remember you being this reasonable before.”  

“It’s because everyone has different definitions of ‘reasonable’. Mine’s just misunderstood, that’s all.” His voice was lofty. 

“I think you must be misunderstood a lot,” she laughed. 

His eyes held hers, and the smile on his face transformed into something warmer and softer. 

“Well, I hope this isn’t misunderstood. Otherwise, I might get punched.”   

Leaning over, he brought his lips to her. Lissa responded with no hesitation or thought whatsoever, losing herself in the sweetness of the kiss. Unfortunately, I was swept along with it. When they pulled away, Lissa felt her heart rate increase and her cheeks flush.  

“What exactly was that the definition of?” she asked, reliving how his mouth had felt.  

“It means ‘I’m sorry’,” he said. 

She looked away nervously and plucked at some of the grass. Finally, with a sigh, she looked back up. “Christian…was there ever…was there ever between you and Jill? Or Mia?” 

He stared in surprise. “What? How could you think that?”“You spent so much time with them.” 

“There is only one person I have ever wanted,” he said. The steadiness of his gaze, those crystal blue eyes, left no question as to who that person was. “No one else has ever come close. In spite of everything, even with Avery -”  

“Christian, I’m so sorry for that -“ 

“You don’t have to -“ 

“I do -“ 

“Damn it,” he said, “Will you let me finish a sent -”  

“No,” Lissa interrupted. And she leaned over and kissed him, a hard and powerful kiss that burned through her body, one that told her there was no one else in the world for her either.”

No better feeling in the world than when your OTP finds their way back together. 🙂

Once again, there is some major foreshadowing going on, especially with Rose’s fortune that she got read by Rhonda. It’s actually pretty chilling to read back knowing the events of the last book. Richelle Mead, I applaud you. 

~



Other Favorite Quotes:

“There’s a big difference between death threats and love letters – even if the person writing the death threats still claims to actually love you. Of course, considering I once tried to kill someone I loved, maybe I had no right to judge.”


“Well, you’ve finally got a license to kill. It’s about time.”

“I can’t believe you just used to the word intel. This really is turing in to a spy movie.”



“Four thirty? Good God. Are we getting the senior citizen special?”



“But it was you, wasn’t it? Somehow you broke into a maximum-security prison. With Eddie.” 

“Must not have been all that secure,” I remarked lightly. 



“Dreams, dreams. I walk them; I live them. I delude myself with them. It’s a wonder I can spot reality anymore.”



“What had happened in those two years? I’d run off with Lissa, watched friends die, traveled around the world, fallen in love…’You can live a lifetime in two years.’ “



“That,” I told Tatiana, “is the most fucked-up law I have ever heard.”



“We can argue your messed-up unholy schedule some other time,” she said. 

“The suit screamed, I’m sorry the queen is dead, and I’m going to look fashionable while showing my grief.



“Abe shook his head. “There must have been some mistake. It took a while to get a flight here, so I can see why you would have appointed a community lawyer to fill in.” 

“Community lawyer!” Damon’s face grew red with indignation. “I’m one of the most renowned lawyers among American Moroi.” 

“Renowned, community.” Abe shrugged and leaned back on his heels. “I don’t judge. No pun intended.”


“At the end of the day, was it true that blood ran thicker than water? I didn’t know. I actually didn’t like the saying. Maybe it worked for humans, but it made no sense with vampires.”




Vampire Academy #4: Blood Promise – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!


Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.
Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).
Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.

Published: August 25th, 2009


Page Count: 503
Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same. 

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? 

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?”


~

There is no doubt about it that Blood Promise is by far the most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching book in the entire series. In my opinion it’s also the darkest book, delving into some heavy topics, especially with Dimitri involved. 

This entire book is just so emotional and tear-jerky, especially when you see Dimitri’s family for the first time. For Rose, it’s one thing hearing about them from Dimitri and it’s another actually standing in their living room, seeing them all interact and live together. She then has to deliver the horrifying news of his ‘death’ and realizes that it’s something that is just as hard to do than to actually look for Dimitri himself.

Once she actually sees Dimitri though, the entire book takes a completely different turn.

“You forget my first lesson: Don’t hesitate.”

It’s so heartbreaking to see such a former lively, warm and compassionate Dimitri turn into something that is so cruel, cold and to see how he speaks so lightly about killing innocent people. As a reader, it’s also especially hard to see Rose slowly turning into a blood whore for him, whilst completely losing her senses, considering becoming a Strigoi. It’s extremely conflicting for her, and for us while we read it as well. On the one hand, you have the soulless creature he has turned in to, but then on the other hand there are things that he says to Rose that almost makes sense and you at some parts you almost want her to give into it. (Damn you, Richelle Mead).
However, you can see that although Dimitri treats her well and always tells her that he’ll be there for her, love is never involved. The capability for love is something that he has now lost, and that’s essentially what spurs Rose to action and gets her to a point where she finds it within herself to stake him.

“I’m not doing this to awaken you, Roza. A bit like this won’t turn you. This…well this is just for fun…”


“I’d said it before and meant it: Alive or undead, the love of my life was a badass.”


“With a speed he wasn’t ready for, I struck out and plunged the stake through his chest. My strength was there – sliding the stake past the ribs and straight into his heart. And as I did it, it was like piercing my own heart at the same time.”




“I looked him in the eye. “I will always love you.” 

Then I plunged the stake into his chest. It wasn’t as precise a blow as I would have liked, not with the skilled way he was dodging. I struggled to get the stake in deep enough to his heart, unsure if I could do it fro this angle. Then, his struggles stopped. His eyes stared at me, stunned, and his lips parted, almost into a smile, albeit a grisly and pained one. 

“That’s what I was supposed to say…” he gasped out.” 


The entire showdown at the bridge is probably the most heartbreaking scene of all six books, it makes me cry each time I read it. But I also think that this is the one moment where Rose truly comes to terms with what she has to do for Dimitri. While I no doubt think that before she was set on killing him, I don’t think she fully comprehended the full weight of what that really meant and how it would kill her along with it. It is one of the moments where she is being completely selfless, thinking only of Dimitri’s wellbeing. 
This makes the fact that Rose gets that letter from Dimitri at the end that much harder for her to bear. However, you can also see the resolve in her as she processes what she has learned about being able to restore a Strigoi to their original form. This small spark of hope is something that keeps her going, and also keeps the readers going. What makes it even harder is knowing that she’s going to have to stay at the Academy for a couple more months before being able to delve into this crazy mission.  

“You forgot another lesson: Never turn your back until you know your enemyis dead. Looks like we’ll have to go over the lesson again the next time I see you—which will be soon. 

Love, D.”


I also really like how we have the parallel plot going on with Lissa. It’s nice how Rose’s bond with her allows the reader to also get the full scope of what’s going on in the Academy. It also shows that no matter how far apart Rose and Lissa are, they are still linked, and Rose will always lay down her life for her. 
I just absolutely hate Avery, especially what she did to Lissa and Christian as a couple. It’s absolutely heart-wrenching to see my absolute favorite couple of all time break up, even though it wasn’t Lissa’s fault at all. 
However, although Avery did manage to do a lot of damage to Lissa, I think this time alone from both Rose and Christian sparks a strength within Lissa that we hadn’t seen before, which will only continue to grow. 

And then there’s Sydney. Ah, innocent, completely manipulated Sydney, who you can already see taking the first few steps to becoming more trusting of the Moroi and dhampirs. It’s funny to see the two girls interact with each other, considering how polar opposites they are. 

What I also found extremely amusing were the conversations between Rose and Abe. Reading the book with the prior knowledge that he is her father is truly something, since you can see so much of him in her. The stubbornness, his zeal for doing what he thinks is best and the way he is extremely forthcoming. 
Rose’s discovery of him being her father is also extremely hilarious, but you can definitely see that their relationship has only just begun and that there’s still lots to come. 


  “Dream, eh? That” the Moroi said, with a very slightest hint of a smile, “is not something I hear very often. Well, no.” He reconsidered. “I do occasionally show up in people’s nightmares.”


“Oh God,” I said. “I’m Zmey’s daughter. Zmey Junior. Zmeyette, even.”




Nevertheless, despite the hard topics in this book, it’s nice to see that Richelle still includes the usual snarkiness from Rose, between Adrian, Sydney and Dimitri as well.

“I ignore authority all the time. It’s not hard once you get used to it.”




“Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Rose. Don’t want you to take me for granted.” 

“We’re in no danger of that; don’t worry.”


“Why did you come here?” he asked at last.  

“Because you hit me on the head and dragged me here.” 




“Score one for me. I’d momentarily baffled an undead creature of the night. Sydney would be proud.”




“You know,” mused Adrian, “I kind of liked the idea of us going on the road together.”  

“Whatever,” I shot back. “You probably wouldn’t let me drive.”

“Seriously? That’s like homework. There’s a reason I’m not in college.” 

I snapped my fingers. “Get to it, Ivashkov. I want to see you put in a good day’s work.”


While we don’t see that much foreshadowing in this book, it’s the book that is probably the biggest turning point for both Rose and Dimitri. In just one book, she finds his family, finds him, contemplates becoming a Strigoi, stakes Dimitri, finds out who her father is, drops back into the Academy, finds out that there might be a way to restore Strigoi and also learns that she didn’t manage to kill Dimitri. So many things shape Rose in this book and you can see some things already falling into place to make way for things to happen later on in the series. 


~


Other favorite quotes:

“No one had ever called me unnatural before, except for the time I put ketchup on my taco. But seriously, we’d been out of salsa, so what else was I supposed to do?”



“I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age. The best is yet to come.”



“I know how devastated you must be to miss me,” his cheery voice said, “I’ll try to ease your agony as soon as possible.” 







Vampire Academy #3: Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!

Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.

Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).

Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.


Published: November 13th, 2008


Page Count: 443
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest 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. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.


Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?”



~

I think Shadow Kiss is probably my favorite Vampire Academy book out there (along with Blood Promise and Last Sacrifice – I can’t choose, okay?!). It has such an amazing mixture of all the things we love about this world: the Academy, Court life, Strigoi fights, forbidden romance, magic and intrigue. 
This is also the first book in which Rose truly discovers what being shadow-kissed really means to her. She sees ghosts for the first time and also notices spirit’s dark effects on her own life that are truly scary. 

I think the first three books in the series (although foreshadowing a lot of things that come even later than the events of Shadow Kiss) have pretty much been leading up to the great finale and Dimitri’s turning. The most heartbreaking thing of all this build-up (besides Dimitri turning into a Strigoi, of course) is seeing how strained Rose and Lissa’s friendship has become. Rose really loves Lissa and always will, but you can see how bit by bit she wishes that she would have her own say in her life. She is getting tired of having to follow the dhampir regulations and having to follow in Lissa’s shadow, covering up things that might hurt her (like the entire business with Victor). 

No matter how often I read this book, the ending always gets to me. I have to cry each time. The entire fight just puts you so on edge and then when Rose learns about what happened to him, you can just feel your heart shattering into tiny pieces along with her. 

“Tell them buria.”

“My heart shattered. My world shattered

You will lose what you value most…

It hadn’t been me that Rhonda was talking about. It hadn’t even been Dimitri’s life.

What you value most.

It had been his soul.” 

And in my opinion, everything has been made a thousand times worse after that sex scene. Ah, that sweet, heartbreaking sex scene. It is just so beautifully writen and just warms my heart up. It’s one last sweet thing that happens between all hell breaks loose. It has bonded them together permanently, but it also makes the loss that Rose goes through that much worse.


There are a lot of people who think that Rose deciding to leave the Academy – and Lissa – was a very selfish choice, but I disagree. I think Rose has always been 100% willing to lay down her life for Lissa, and has done that for pretty much all her life. This is the one and only time that she had decided to put her own choices over staying with Lissa, and I think Lissa might be a tiny bit selfish in expecting her to always stay there with her (even though I don’t think she’s being purposefully selfish). And even then, I don’t think it’s a selfish thing she’s doing at all, quite the contrary. She’s going to save Dimitri from himself. She’s going to fulfill the promise that she has made to herself, for Dimitri and not herself. Also, I think that in her heart Rose knows that she won’t feel settled until she knows that Dimitri has been killed for good. I think in order for her to eventually give up her life completely for Lissa, and stay by her side forever, she has to take care of this now. Rose finally realizes that it’s okay to stand up for her own desires for once, and that this is one of those times when she needs to do that.

“It’s not about you, okay? This time, it’s about me. Not you. All my life, Lissa… all my life, it’s been the same. They come first. I’ve lived my life for you. I’ve trained to be your shadow, but you know what? I want to come first. I need to take care of myself for once. I’m tired of looking out for everyone else and having to put aside what I want. Dimitri and I did that, and look what happened. He’s gone. I will never hold him again. Now I owe it to him to do this. I’m sorry if it hurts you, but it’s my choice!” 

This is also where you can see all the pieces of Mason’s death falling together. We can see how this all ties into her being shadow-kissed and also getting the information and warning’s about the Strigoi. It really breaks my heart each time to see Mason, even as a ghost. But, I also think that its extremely bittersweet when we see him truly smile one more time, before finding peace and moving on to heaven. I like how we got that closure with him and know that he’s in a better place now. 

Now that Adrian has moved on to Academy grounds, the sass between him and Rose has also considerably shot up, and makes me laugh each time. However, I also think that slowly she is beginning to see him as a genuine friend, who isn’t just all about jokes and women, but who has a kind and loyal side. 

“That’s cheerful,” I said, “You ever think about motivational speaking?”

 “You just littered!” I yelled.  

“Above the rules, Rose,” he called back. “Above the rules.”

“I already have a nickname for you, but I’ll get in trouble if I say it in class.”  

“Ah,” he said happily. “That’s the Rose I know.” 

“My cigarettes and I are going outside. At least they show me respect.”


“Rose is in red  

But never in blue 

Sharp as a thorn 

Fights like one too.”

“Oh my God,” he said, “A kind word from Rose Hathaway. I can die a happy man.” 

“What are you saying? That I’m normally an ungrateful bitch?”





“Two thank-yous in as many days. I don’t suppose I’ll get to see any, uh, special gratitude?” 

I scoffed. “Nope. You’ll just have to imagine it.”He gave me a half-hug and released me. “Fair enough. But I have a good imagination.”

 “If you touch me,” I said pleasantly, “I’ll provide you with the opportunity to see if you can heal yourself. Then we’d see how badass you really are.”

And of course, Rose having been assigned to Christian turns into a lot of bickering between the two of them, which is just absolutely hilarious. I can also see the relationship between the two of them grow in this book. They have finally accepted each other in Lissa’s lives and are slowly working their way towards a true friendship (which, I think they have already begun). Nevertheless, the continued snark is just something I live for in these books.

 “Plus, I was about to spend six weeks with Christian Ozera. He was sarcastic, difficult, and made jokes about everything. Actually he was a lot like me. It was going to be a long six weeks.”


“You and me are going to have so much fun, Rose. Picking out curtains, doing each other’s hair, telling ghost stories.”


 “Then you’d never see us again, and we’d be very sad.”
 

Yes,” said Christian. “I’d cry into my pillow every night.”

And another thing that is just chilling in my opinion is Rhonda’s reading. The predictions that she gives to the three of them might not seem that special at the time but yet again, it is an enormous foreshadowing to the next books. After all, the first prediction had already come true. Also, we get to meet Jill for the first time, which was really nice, since whoever has finished the series knows just how big of a role she’ll play later on.

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Other Favorite Quotes: 

“I was testing dorm security,” I said, “It sucks.”

“If I’d been assigned to Jesse, he would have needed an extra person to protect him. From me.”


“I’d do a lot of things to protect you, Roza.”

“Me? I have great shoes, am currently massaging a pretty girl, and sleep in an awesome bed.” 

I made a face. “Let’s not talk about where you sleep, okay?”

“What’s up?” I asked. 

“You tell me,” he said. “You were the one about ready to start making out with Adrian. 

It was an experiment,” I said. “It was part of my therapy. 

What the hell kind of therapy are you in?” 


“No,” murmured Dimitri. “Watch. Change is happening before your eyes. People are going to remember this day as a turning point.”



“We just need to get you calmed down, or you’ll be in no shape to fight.” 

“Yeah? Are you afraid of my possibly insane dark side coming out?” 

“No I’m afraid of your normal Rose Hathaway side coming out, the one that isn’t afraid to jump in without thinking when she believes something is right.” 

I gave him a dry look. “Is there a difference?” 

“Yes. The second one scares me.”



Vampire Academy #2: Frostbite – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!

Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.

Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).

Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.


Published: April 10th, 2008

Page Count: 327

“Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest 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. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined… “


~

I think one of the most noticeable things about Frostbite is that although not that much happens in it, it is a wonderful setup for things that are going to happen on later in the series.
One of the things that is very evident is how Rose has already matured and grown since the last book. You can tell she is more reasonable, has more respect for herself and – although there are instances where she slips up – she realizes that true love is a selfless act. 

“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”


One of the biggest character introductions happens as well and we finally meet Adrian Ivashkov. (*squeal*) Hot, carefree and quite full of himself, the banter between Rose and him provides the reader with some serious LOL-worthy moments. I think his attitude and edge really bring in a mysterious front about him that makes you want to peel back the layers and see what’s underneath.
I also love seeing the entire spirit reveal unfold, especially with Rose’s dreams about him and him telling her some strange things about her being ‘surrounded in darkness’ that will play a part later on as well. (*foreshadowing*) 


“Hey, little dhampir.”  

“Rose only hangs out with guys and psychopaths,” said Mia.

“Well,” he said cheerfully, “since Im both a psychopath and a guy, that would explain why we’re such good friends.”

“You and I aren’t friends either,” I told him. 

As per usual, Christian and Rose’s banter is just so funny all the time. I actually have to say that I love their sass more than any other person Rose is like that to. 


“I’m fine. Nothing to worry about except you guys tearing each other’s clothes before I get a chance to leave.”

“Then you better go now,” said Christian dryly.”


“She extended her gloved hand to me. ‘Tasha Ozera,’, she said. ‘I’ve heard a lot about you, Rose.’

I gave Christian a dangerous look, and Tasha laughed.

“Don’t worry,” she said. “It was all good.”

“No, it wasn’t,” he countered.


And then there’s Mason. Poor, poor Mason. I don’t think there will ever be a time when I read about his death that I don’t cry. Although I understand the reasons why Richelle might have done it, I don’t think I will ever be able to get over it. He was just so sweet and funny and really, really loved Rose. 
I can understand where Rose was coming from, being to confused about Mason and Dimitri. I do think she could have handled it differently in some ways but I think we would all be hypocrites if we criticize her about her decisions, since I don’t think any of us would have handled it any more gracefully. 

“How do you now know where the heart is? Especially considering how many of them you’ve broken?”


It only makes sense that Rose feels threatened and jealous of Tasha, since she can see that she has something with Dimitri that Rose has never seen anyone bring out of him. She wants that too, but knows that she has to suppress those feelings because of the whole guardian problem. So it’s only natural to turn to Mason for some comfort. I also think it’s admirable that she did really try to be with Mason, and then not let things go too far when she noticed her true feelings for him.
I also think one of the things that slightly eases – but doesn’t make it disappear – the pain about Mason’s death was knowing that Rose comforted him about their relationship right before the fight with the Strigoi. 

I think this book – however short – delves into a lot of dark and deep topics, especially death. This is the book where Rose witnesses the aftermath of a Strigoi attack on the Badica house. This is the book where she gets to learn how to use a stake for the first time (which I think is a very symbolic thing that Richelle has done, even if some people haven’t noticed it). This is also the first book where she herself deals out death. I think this is truly the book where you can see her mature – actively – and grow into the person she will be. Sure, she’s still impulsive, reckless and has a big mouth, but I think she sees the world in more layers after what she has gone through and it changes her view on everything else as well.  

Yet again, I think the foreshadowing in this book has been done really well. I’m not sure whether I’m the only one who noticed this, but I think that scene where Mason gets injured while skiing and Rose imagines how he would look like with a broken neck is massive foreshadowing to his death as well as the manner of his death. Not only that, but you can see the conversations between Rose and Lissa getting more and more stressful as Rose continues to suppress her true feelings about things like Dimitri, Mason and her own pent up feelings toward the guardian system. This is again something that is building up for something big in Shadow Kiss.  

Another thing that really touched me was Rose’s relationship with her mother and the way that also slightly developed during the course of the book. She is in no way close to being friends with her, but I liked how Rose finally recognized that her mother wasn’t doing her job for the glory of getting molnija marks. 
I think these feelings that she had were very much brought about by the fact that she feels slightly abandoned by her. This really does show that however tough Rose appears on the outside, she still has a vulnerable side and makes her a truly admirable heroine to love.



~

Other Favorite Quotes: 


“But I did die once. (I don’t recommend it).”



“And I thought the whole point of my education was that violence is the answer.”


“If you’d each me to swear in Russian, I might have a new appreciation for it.”



“Wow. Talk about a face only a mother could love.”



“You want an army? Well, here we are.”



“He’d barely seen me coming, and despite the horribleness of what I’d just done, I kind of wished one of my instructors had been there to grade me on such an awesome performance.”


Vampire Academy #1: Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

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Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!

Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.

Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).

Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.

Published: August 16th 2007

Page Count: 332

“Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest 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. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .”


~

One of the things that undoubtedly sets Vampire Academy aside from any other supernatural YA book, even within the first few pages is the role that both Rose and Lissa play within the vampire community. They aren’t just discovering it, but they are living it. The know more than the readers do and it’s now up to us to catch up on how everything interacts with each other. 
While a lot of authors handle the introduction of a magical world to a mere human very well (kudos to Cassie Clare) I think it’s always a very hard balance between not overdoing the whole ‘OMG magic is real?!’ and also making sure the reactions are natural. It can easily make the first couple (hundred) pages of a book a bit boring and it seems to deflect from the awesomeness that could otherwise have been an amazing book since you’re too busy screaming at the main character ‘vampires are real, get over with it already!’. Now I’m not saying that’s always bad (for example, take The Mortal Instruments where it’s done in a wonderful way) but I also think that it adds a level of excitement to the reader if the characters are already deep within the realms of this magical world, like Rose and Lissa.  

Rose and Lissa are such a power duo and represent everything done perfectly with friendship in a YA book. Sure, they have problems but they know how much they mean to each other and it always comes back to that, no matter what kind of a hell they have gone through. I think the fact that the Vampire Academy series focuses just as much on friendship than (and if not more) romance is good. I think romance is a way overdone thing in YA and we seem to forget the most important relationships – friendships. 
Rose and Lissa are also way polar opposites to each other: Rose is dark haired and tan skinned, Lissa is fair and pale. 

“With her pretty face and pale blond hair, she looked more like an angel than a vampire.”


Rose acts impulsively and irrationally sometimes, Lissa likes to think things through and do things logically and systematically. Rose settles fights with fists, Lissa with words. They balance each other out amazingly, and somehow remind me of me of my own best friend who could practically look any more opposite to me. 
Rose and Lissa do have their hardships and arguments, that’s true, but I think what they argue about it also important to consider. They don’t fight over the most tedious things such as boys or gossip but actual, real problems, such as Lissa’s cutting, Rose having to leave her, her spirit powers and so forth. They are deep and meaningful and bring them closer together. 


“Forcing five-year-olds to spell Vasilisa Dragomir and Rosemarie Hathaway was beyond cruel, and we’d – or rather, I’d – responded appropriately. I’d chucked my book at our teacher and called her a fascist bastard. I hadn’t known what those words meant, but I’d known how to hit a moving target.Lissa and I had been inseparable ever since.”


What I also love is just how selfless Rose can be around Lissa. We all know she is reckless and does think about herself a lot but when it comes to Lissa, no one comes first (except Dimitri, at times, but shhh). She gives her her blood, although she knows she’d be called a blood whore for it, she sacrifices a romantic relationship with Dimitri and puts Lissa first, although it hurts her daily. And even when all these problems are brought to the forefront (later on in the series), it’s never because of Rose being selfless, but because she suppresses her feelings at times, and has pent up emotions to deal with. 

“Doing that…protecting her like that – it was very brave.” He paused. “Stupid, but still brave.”


Dimitri and Rose’s relationship is complicated to say the least. Rose has a major crush on Dimitri, and she just can’t stop getting him out of her mind. The fact that Dimitri is a tall, gorgeous Russian older man doesn’t really help the matter along. 

“My name is Dimitri Belikov,” he said. I could hear a faint Russian accent. “I’ve come to take you back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, Princess.” 

“And then, suddenly he was there, charging down the hallway like Death in a cowboy duster.”

“And, finally, I noticed that a hot flush was spreading over me, and that the look in his eyes was doing more to me than Jesse’s kisses had.”

It doesn’t take her very long to figure out that no, she doesn’t just like him for his looks and mysterious nature, but she discovers that they both have the same understanding of the world. They both realize their responsibilities and what they need to sacrifice to keep up with their guardian jobs, and they’re both willing to do that more so than anyone else, despite their age. 

“You understand your responsibilities better than guardians twice  your age.”

One of the most meaningful conversations that the two of them have together is about Dimitri wanting someone to kill him if he ever would be turned into a Strigoi. I think this is especially one of the moments where they connect on a real spiritual level and where age never meant anything for the two of them. 

I also absolutely love the sass between them. The banter between them is one of the reasons I love reading about their training sessions so much and is definitely one of my favorite aspects of the series.


“Hey, Comrade.” 


“He shrugged. “She might be wild and disrespectful, but if she has potential -““Wild and disrespectful?” I interrupted. “Who the hell are you anyway? Outsourced help?”“Guardian Belikov is the princess’s guardian now,” said Kirova. “Her sanctioned guardian.”“You got cheap foreign labor to protect Lissa?”

“So tell me this: suppose to manage to kidnap her again and take her off to the mall. While you’re there, a Strigoi comes at you. What will you do?”“Depends on what store we’re in.” 

“I guess there was ‘usually’ and then there was being held in the grip of a really ripped, really tall, and really pissed-off Russian guy.”

“The battle cry sort of gave you away. Try not to yell next time.” “Would it have really made a difference if I’d been quiet?”He thought about it. “No. Probably not.”

Not only that, but when things get really steamy between Dimitri and Rose, it’s just that much better because of the forbidden love aspect. She really wants him and it kills her inside every day because she can’t have him. In the end, they decide not to act upon their feelings, since they both have their responsibilities as guardians and can’t get distracted by each other when they have to be out protecting the Moroi which makes the entire situation even more complicated. 


 “Don’t cut it,” he said gruffly.Somehow, I remembered how to talk again. “But no one’ll see my tattoos if I don’t.”He moved toward the doorway, a small smile playing over his lips. “Wear it up.”


“Swallowing, I asked again, “Do you think I’m pretty?”He regarded me with utter seriousness, like he always did. “I think you’re beautiful.”“Beautiful?”“You are so beautiful, it hurts me sometimes.”


“Am I going to endanger my reputation if I wear it to the dance?”When he spoke, I could barely hear him. “You’ll endanger the school.”


“The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms.”


“If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.” 

Then there’s another slight complication to her life: Mason. Oh, sweet poor Mason (especially if you know what’s going to happen in Frostbite). He adores her so very much but she just can’t return the feelings. I do think that she does truly think about giving Mason a go, but that she just can’t do that when she can’t stop thinking about Dimitri. I do really feel bad at him at times, but I also think he handles things in a good way and like a true friend.


“I couldn’t be Mason’s girlfriend because when I imagined someone holding me and whispering dirty things in my ear, he had a Russian accent.”


“Hey Mason, wipe the drool off your face. If you’re going to think about me naked, do it on your own time.”


Now, let us get to my favorite OTP of all times: Lissa and Christian (*angel chorus*). The princess and the outcast. The fair haired princess and the dark haired rebel. They are just a match made in heaven for me. I think that the attic scenes between the two of them are my favorite parts of the whole book, both because of the snarkiness that Christian has but also the cute, romantic moments that spark between the two of them. 
When Christian finally kisses her in the end it always makes me melt into a big puddle of happiness and I enter into a super intense fangirl moment, because OMG is that kiss just so passionate and cute and perfect. 

        “You can have to Academy but not the window seat.” 



“Don’t worry,” he said. “I won’t bite. Well, at least not in the way you’re afraid of.”


“Then out of nowhere, he leaned forward and kissed her. It was hot and fast and furious, an outpouring of the rage and passion and longing that Christian always kept locked inside of him. Lissa had never been kissed like that, and I felt her respond to it, respond to him – how he made her feel so much more alive than Aaron or anyone else could.Christian pulled back from the kiss but still kept his face next to hers.“That’s what you do with someone you like.”

“In some ways, Lissa and Christian were perfect for each other. Maybe they were outcasts, but the Dragomirs and Ozeras had once been among the most powerful Moroi leaders. and in only a very short time, Lissa and Christian had started shaping one another in ways that could put them right up there with their ancestors. He was picking up some of her polish and social poise; she was learning to stand up for her passions. The more I watched them, he more I could see an energy and confidence radiating around themThey weren’t going to stay down either.”

I feel that especially that last quote really sums up why I ship Lissa and Christian so much. I love how they both have their insecurities but together they strengthen and renew each other in such a deep way. It’s funny actually, because just like how Lissa and Rose are polar opposites, so are Lissa and Christian in some ways. They might be very different to one another but they fit perfectly together, like two pieces in a puzzle. 


May I also just add in there how much I love the banter between Rose and Christian? I feel like not many people point this out and praise it as much as it should be praised. It is absolutely hilarious and needs more attention. 


“I’m going to kill you.” “Why? Is it like guardian extra credit?”

“A ghostly smile flickered across his face. “If you weren’t psychotic, you’d be fun to hang around.”“Funny, I feel that way about you too.”


I definitely think that Vampire Academy is just an amazing kick off to one of the best series of all time. No, it doesn’t have all the magic and action that the later books have, but it does an amazing job in introducing us to them main characters, giving us an insight into this beautiful fictional world of the Moroi and dhampirs as well as set the plot for later on. Did I also mention just how well Richelle can add in foreshadowing into her books? If you’ve only read the Vampire Academy books once, I highly recommend rereading them at least one more time, and focus on just how many small little hints are dropped, it will blow your mind. 

Another thing that I’d like to point out is that you can already see a significant character development in Rose even just in the course of this small first book. You can already see the first steps she takes to maturing and see how she begins to see the world through different eyes.  

I also really need to give Richelle some credit here for going into some controversial territory, with Lissa’s cutting and depression. Although I think it’s a horrible thing to think about, I think it’s important to raise awareness of issues like this which are very real and are happening right now. This is a great way to spread the message that depression is never ones own fault and no one should ever believe that. 

When I first read the book, I have to say that I was majorly shocked by Victor Dashkov’s reveal! Maybe a lot of people saw it coming but I feel like I felt the betrayal just as hard as Lissa and Rose did. Yet again, there is a major foreshadowing aspect to what happens with Victor later on which gives me the chills. 


~


Other Favorite Quotes:

“Beside him, holding his hand, was a Moroi girl who looked about eleven but had to be older, unless he’d become a pedophile during our absence.” 


“Hey Rose, welcome back. You still breaking hearts?”
“Are you volunteering?”
  

“He was a royal Moroi, and he was so hot, she should have worn a WARNING: FLAMMABLE sign. He met my eyes and grinned.


“I had a standing arrangement with God: I’d agree to believe in him – barely – so long as he let me sleep in on Sundays.”


“Well. If that’s not friendship, I don’t know what it is,” he said. 


“Hands off the merchandise.”