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Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

by Sophia Downey

Our Youth Literacy Ambassador Sophia Downey shares her thoughts on Vampire Academy, written by award-winning fantasy author Richelle Mead.

About Vampire Academy:

Lissa Dragomir is a mortal vampire. She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all - the ones who will never die.

Rose Hathaway is Lissa's best friend - and her bodyguard.

Now, after two years of illicit freedom, they've been dragged back inside the iron gates of St. Vladimir's Academy. The girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night-time rituals. But above all, they must never let their guard down, lest the immortal vampires take Lissa - forever...

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Sophia's Review:

Vampire Academy is a young adult fantasy book about the pure-blooded vampires called The Moroi. It has themes of found family and romance and it is gripping from start to finish. The story is told through the eyes of Rose, a Dhampir (protectors of the Moroi), who is courageous, inspiring and dedicated to her cause which makes a great read.

The central plot follows best friends, Rose and Alyssa, and their lives within an academy specifically designed to train Dhampirs and build the knowledge and skills that will help them protect Morois. The academy also educate the Morois themselves so both the protected and protectors are learning about each other all the time.

The mythical magic system this book is based around is intriguing without being complicated which makes it an easy read and it has a completely unexpected plot twist at the end!

Overall this book is a great read and I would definitely recommend this to any fantasy reader. To anyone who likes this book I would recommend Crave by Tracy Wolff and A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik as they share similiar fantasy and paranormal themes.

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