ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. Her best friend Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir: a guardian with a powerful blend of vampire and human blood flowing through her. Rose’s life is devoted to protecting Lissa from the dangerous Strigoi–the world’s fiercest vampires, who will stop at nothing to make Lissa one of them.
After Rose and her best friend Lissa are apprehended from being on the run for two years, they are returned to St. Vladimir’s Vampire Academy. Lissa, a royal vampire princess, suffers virtually no consequences while Rose is on lock down and is required to take extra training classes to be allowed to stay in the academy. But Rose will not be kept from Lissa because they have an internal bond that is so powerful that it sometimes snaps Rose into Lissa’s mind so soundly that she can see everything Lissa sees, hears, and feels. As Lissa begins to discover her powers and becomes increasingly unstable, Rose must be as diligent as ever when it comes to guarding and protecting Lissa.
This book was interesting because beyond the basic vampire hierarchy and politics, the focus is not really on vampires or vampirism, but the relationship between these two girls. The friendship and connection between Lissa and Rose takes center stage, and it was refreshing to read a good book that doesn’t rely on gimmicks or have the romantic interests as the main focus. This allowed me to really get to know who Rose was. Her likes, dislikes, attitude, and overall personality were written clear and concise, and I was also able to get a clear picture of Lissa through Rose’s eyes.
I love that Rose is a fierce, say it like you mean it kind of girl. She’s snarky, sarcastic, blunt, and oftentimes crass. But Rose would do anything to protect Lissa as evidenced by her extra trainings with the mysterious Dimitri. To others she acts as if she doesn’t care and is unaffected, but her budding feelings for Dimitri and her love for Lissa proves otherwise.
Lissa is just as dedicated to Rose as Rose is to her. When the school humiliates and condemns Rose, Lissa uses her forbidden power to make friends with the rest of the Royal Court and manages to convince everyone that Rose is cool. I love Lissa because she has no problem caring for people and things others consider outcasts or not normal. Even her love interest is thought of as a freak and taboo and has been ostracized solely based on something his parents did. But Lissa only cares that he’s kind to her, understands her,and wants to protect her.
Vampire Academy is wrought with strong female characters, and even the villains are fierce and determined. This book is all about the relationships between friends, fellow students, faculty, and trained guardians. I love the slow development of the love relationships between Rose and Dimitri and Lissa and Christian, and I like that there is still plenty of room for them all to grow.
Overall, I loved the book even though it was not at all what I expected. I will definitely make a point to read the rest of the series.
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