Friday, 14 April 2017

Review: Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition (Vampire Academy, #1.5)
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.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

I'm a huge fan of Meads Vampire Academy series (and its spin off series Bloodlines) so when I heard about the anniversary edition I preordered it quicker than you could say Rose Hathaway... and then when I heard it would have extras in the form of short stories that gave a little more insight in to certain characters and scenes and my little heart just about gave out in the same way it did hearing (reading) Dimitri call Rose Roza... So why then has it taken me months.... yes months... to read it? Life is why. And yes I'm kicking myself. My girls and I were having a movie night just recently and I urged them to watch the movie adaptation, and as always happens, when I watch the movie I get the strongest urge to read the book again, and this time I gave in to that urge. I pushed all my other reads to one side and I threw myself in to Rose's world.

Tasha Ozera was never really one of my favourite characters, but I certainly had a new found respect for her after reading The Turn and The Flame.  And seeing how events unfolded immediately after Christian's parents turned Strigoi certainly made his attitude towards using his Fire Magic defensively easier to understand.

The Meeting was a scene I didn't know I wanted until Mead gave it to us in this book. It is from Dimitri's POV and is the scene in which he and his team locate Rose and Lissa in Portland. It was very short but worth it for the glimpse inside his head.

But my most favourite part of this anniversary edition was the final short story Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway. This takes place soon after the events of Vampire Academy, we follow Rose as she takes part in a scavenger hunt with Mason and Eddie. But the highlight for me, and I'm guessing for many other lovers of all things Rose and Dimitri, was when our hunky Russian decided to help Rose find one of the harder items on her list.

By the time I had finished this book I was more in love with Rose and Dimitri than I was before, but I was terribly sad that it was over. I am definitely going to make room in my reading schedule to read the rest of the series, but I really hope Mead offers us up some more extra scenes in the future.

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