I bought this book 🙂
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Edition: 10th Anniversary Edition
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Action
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.
The 10th Edition comes with some extra stories! Which is why I bought it despite owning two copies of the first book already. . . As I have yet to review Vampire Academy on this blog, I’ll also have a brief overview of the actual book for those who haven’t read it yet; and then a review of the short stories at the end!
Vampire Academy Book Review:
Vampire Academy is a book about vampires; but it’s way more than a book about vampires! It’s about friendships, relationships, family. The struggles of what it means to be a teenager and a young adult. It’s just so amazing, you should give it a chance!
If you like badass girls, this is a book for you. Rose Hathaway was my hero, she tried her hardest at everything she did. She fought to protect her best friend, she fell in love with a guy she wasn’t supposed to, and she suffered from lose and heartbreak– and learned from it and grew as a person.
So yeah, read it!
Short Stories Review + Is Buying the Anniversary Edition Worth it if You Own a Different Copy Already?
First off, YES! It is so worth it! The first 332 pages is the original book, and the other 180 pages is the bonus content! The book was USD 11.99, so I think it was so worth it! I mean, just “The Meeting” alone was enough for me to throw my money at the publishers, so there’s that. Anyway, that enough of my rambling, let’s get to the next portion shall we?
The Turn and the Flame
This story was about Christian Ozera’s family. Specifically how his parent’s died and how Tasha copped with that. It was interesting to delve deeper into the Ozera dynasty, but let’s be real this wasn’t the real reason why I bought the book. However, I do appreciate being given a chance to learn more about the brooding Christian. So I think people who like Tasha, or who want to understand Christian better will enjoy this story!
From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir
I appreciated this story so much! We were blessed by two things in this segment: 1) we get to learn more about Rose and Lissa’s time away from St. Vladimir’s, and 2) it’s told from Lissa’s perspective! It’s really nice seeing the world of Vampire Academy from someone else’s perspective, especially because we saw what Rose was thinking about Lissa, but never what Lissa was thinking. Unless Rose was in her head of course. Plus getting to see what their lives were like while on the run, was a 10/10 experience!
Oh my gosh, I died while reading this story from fangirling! We get to experience Rose and Dimitri’s first encounter through Dimitri’s point of view! My OTP, I’m deceased. My only regret is that it was too short, only 7 pages! But I won’t complain further; beggers can’t be choosers.
“She might be unarmed, but Rose Hathaway was in possession of many weapons.” – pg 427
This was Dimitri after talking about how hot Rose was for several paragraphs. I mean, he wasn’t as vulgar as I’m being, hello it’s Dimitri he was a poetic son of a harpy, but I still died.
Hello, My Name is Rose Hathaway
*waterworks warning* Mason was in this story! Still alive and happy, and still trying to get into Rose’s pants
the little bastard, but I miss him! Of course this was another book about Rose and Dimitri, but I was more happy about seeing Mason than anything! Okay, so I was happy about Rose and Dimitri too, especially with lines like this
“And I’d rather live in a much more complicated world than in one where she wasn’t around.” – pg 482 Dimitri about Rose
^That gif is me, but they didn’t kiss. I mean I still died, but it was a happy death.
So there you have it, my fangirl word vomit about why I think you should buy and read the book! So let me know, have you read the short stories? Which was your favorite one?
Overall rating: 5/5 hearts!
Cover: 5 hearts
Plot: 5 hearts
Characters: 5 hearts
Bonus content: 5 hearts
Pacing: 5 hearts