Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I was completely sucked into Vampire Academy, written by Richelle Mead. (That was my lame attempt at a vampire joke. Sorry.)
I’d pretty much sworn off vampire books, but decided to give this one a shot. Needless to say, I finished the book in about a day and immediately began reading Frostbite, book 2.
Vampire Academy is about a girl named Rose Hathaway, who is training to become the guardian of Lissa Dragomir, a vampire with royal heritage. Lissa is the heir to the Moroi throne, and she and Rose share a “bond,” which means Rose can sense what Lissa is thinking and feeling.
They’ve been on the run for two years, but they’re caught and taken back to the Academy. The dangers that prompted them to run away are still ever-present, but the girls also have petty high school drama to worry about.
Rose is impulsive, and has a quick temper. She was a great heroine, not only because of her smart mouth, but more so because of her intense desire to protect her best friend at all costs. Rose and Lissa’s friendship is real and inspiring. When it comes to Lissa, Rose is completely unselfish. And as they eventually discover, their bond means more than they could have ever imagined.
The book was exciting and captivating. Romance, tension, mystery, wit – this book had it all. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.