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Book Review: VAMPIRE ACADEMY by RICHELLE MEAD

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

Trigger warning: Bullying

“No matter what happened in our world, a few basic truths about vampires remained the same. Moroi were alive; Strigoi were undead. Moroi were mortal; Strigoi were immortal. Moroi were born; Strigoi were made.”

This is the second time that I have read a book which I already watched the screen adaptation of (the first being the shadow hunter books), I usually like to read the book first and decide if I will watch the screen adaptation. I didn’t have such a choice this time, I had watched the screen adaption of vampire academy years ago and only recently discovered it was based on a book. I have always been unsatisfied with the end of the film so I decided that reading the book wasn’t a bad idea.

The story is about a vampire princess named Vasilisa otherwise known as Lissa and her guardian named Rose; that is the most succinct summary I can give. The book starts the same way the film does, with the capture of Vasilisa and Rose who had escaped from a secure school for two years.

The girls have to go through the ‘usual’ problems that teenagers go through as well as some unusual ones like finding out what kind of power Lissa has and how to keep her sane.

Rose is a bad-ass, sarcastic, troublemaker and Lissa is her opposite which means they balance each other but Rose is a loose cannon, I found myself cringing at some scenes when she displays her anger and recklessness. The friendship between the girls seemed more equal half way through the story whilst before that it was always Lissa depending on Rose.

I hope that one day I can evolve to a plane of existence where I can talk sense into bullies to make them change because I absolutely do not condone bullish behaviour. There was some bullying in the scenes of this book.

The book reads the same as the film which makes me commend the film for sticking almost exactly to the book. Although I knew the story and how the first book ends I enjoyed it even if I kept comparing each scene to the film. I can’t wait now to dive into the rest of the books in the series.

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