Basically, this is the reason why I haven’t been writing last week. I got hooked on another (vampire) series. And guess why?
That is how the books crossed my path – I saw the trailer for the Vampire academy. The bad news, it’s not going to screen in Croatia (have no idea who’s brilliant move that was).
But to get back to the books, I’ve read the first three, Vampire Academy, Frostbite and Shadow Kiss. All I can say, the writing seems to get better with further on you read.
So basically you have good vampires (Moroi) and bad vampires (Strigoi) and then you have dhampirs who are bodyguards to the good Moroi so Strigoi wouldn’t kill them. But as Strigoi are getting more aggressive and Moroi are stuck in their medieval ways, the tide is not on the side of the good.
We meet Rose and Lissa being found after on the run for 2 years and returned to St. Vladimir’s vampire academy so they would finish their schooling. And the shit is about to hit the fan from there on through the three books I’ve read so far.
They will both fall in love of course, learn to master their respective skills and try to find their way in the world where the old way is no longer good enough but the “old” won’t yield to change.
I enjoyed reading the stories a lot, the only problem was again my pet peeve of teenagers being displayed as unreasonable (sometimes even stupid) characters who are ruled by their baser instincts and then later they learn they’ve been wrong. It’s one of the things I had a hard problem accepting with Rose, she seems so capable, strong and sarcastic but then the general things surpass her level of knowledge. It improved a lot by book 3 but as the story progressed only for some 4-5 months, it requires a bit of a stretch of the imagination to imagine someone could grow so much
as a person in that time.
But hey, obviously it can be done. 😉
I’m being mean now when actually Rose is one of the characters I loved from the start and thought was really nicely done. She’s brave, honorable and smart with a warm heart and a cool sense of humor. It also helps that she’s, well, hot.
Basically, I really enjoyed the books and lucky me, there are 3 more before I hit the end of what’s been written so far (I’m not sure if that’s the actual end or just what’s been written so far).
At the moment I’m debating whether I should read on or change the scenery for a while. Like I said, I got hooked. And unfortunately, book 3 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger…