Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemiesLissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth s magic She must be protected at all times from Strigoi the fiercest vampires the ones who never die The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa s best friend, makes her a dhampir Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell bent on making Lissa one of them.After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St Vladimir s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians to be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana But inside the iron gates, life is evenfraught with dangerand the Strigoi are always close by.Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. If I let myself love you, I won t throw myself in front of her I ll throw myself in front of you Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies This book is amazing I loved Rose and Dimitri I loved Lissa and Christian But I also loved Rose and Lissa Vampire Academy not only has mystery,adventure and great romance that we all love but it also shows us the power of the friendship which we don t see a lot in books So let s start from the beginning We have 3 kinds of vampires 1 MoroiThey are good vampires who live and die like normal humans but they have fangs and they drink human blood they don t kill the person who drink from They can also use magic Each of them can use one of the four elements Earth, Water, Fire and Air Moroi are able to walk in sunlight, but the sun weakens them and makes them uncomfortable 2 StrigoiThey are bad vampires who are immortal, and are made instead of born How you become a Strigoi There are two options 1st if they force them to be a strigoi.If a Strigoi drinks blood from their victim and then forces them to drink Strigoi blood then you become a Strigoi That could happen to humans ,Moroi and Dhampirs 2st way is to willingly become Strigoi but is only from Moroi If a Moroi purposefully kills another person while feeding then that Moroi turns into a Strigoi The Moroi who becomes Strigoi lose their magical abilities and they can no longer go into the sun They are faster and stronger than Moroi.3 DhampirThey are half human and half vampire A long time ago dhampir were born through the relationship between human and Moroi but in this time vampires wants to keep their identitysecret so dhampir are born through the union of a Moroi with another Dhampir They don t drink blood and they don t have magical abilities But they are a lot stronger and faster than humans They are protecting Moroi from Strigoi.So, Rose Dhampir and Lissa Moroi are best friends who run away two years ago Rose has a one sided bond to Lissa which allows her to know Lissa s emotions and thoughts Which makes her the perfect guardian for Lissa But when they are forced back to their school Dimitri Belikov a handsome dhampir is assigned to be Lissa s guardian and when Rose learn how to be guardian she will be her guardian as well Dimitri also offers to mentor Rose in extra classes because she has to make up for the years she has lost So, how was the bond created Why the girls left from the St Vladimir s Academy I had this questions from the start Okay I don t know where to start 1 The bond between Rose and LissaAs I said Moroi can control four elements But Lissa has a fifth element the spirit With the spirit she can heal others What happen then Rose died and Lissa brought her back to life When that happened it created a bond between them Lissa believed she hadn t specialized before she learnt that spirit existed Lissa also became depressed,did strange things and because of the bond and with the compulsion of Sonya s Karp Rose decided to run away with Lissa.2 Rose and DimitriThey are two strong characters They are both badasses warriors Rose has a crush on Dimitri who denies it Dimitri is so hard to read most of the time I didn t know how he felt for Rose I loved their training every single time When under Victor s Love Spell, they confessed their feelings for one and other and nearly had sex in Dimitri s room, but they broke away from the spell when Dimitri threw away the necklace.I was so excited in that moment Later they said that they could never be together because they were destined to be Lissa s Guardians 3 Lissa and ChristianLet s start from that Lissa and Christian are a royal Moroi Lissa is the last from her bloodline Dragomir Christian is an Ozera but because of his parents actions Christian was avoided as people thought he was likely to become Strigoi like his parents Christian and Lissa knew each other before Lissa left the Academy, but had never talked to each other.Upon Lissa s return, she discovered that Christian had begun to spend time in the attic where she had before she had left They began to share the space and became friends Christian soon fell in love with Lissa Rose, who didn t like Christian, told him that Lissa only felt sorry for him and so he began ignoring Lissa But later Rose understood the terrible mistake she made and she told Christian that she lied but Lissa reunited with her ex boyfriend But at the end of the book, they were together Christian is my favorite character in the first book.He is so funny and he is sarcastic in the entire book I loved it I also loved when he set Ralf on fire because he was mean to Lissa and Rose.4 MiaI hated her in the first book Because I have read all the books I can not hate her any but she did a lot wrong things and the most of all was to sleep with Jesse and Ralf two Moroi idiots to get them to spread rumours about Rose She hated Lissa but at first I thought because she was jealous for Aaron but she hated her because she had a relationship with Lissa s brother and he dumped her.5 The bad guy was Victor DashkovAt first he showed us that he cared about Lissa but he wanted her to heal him from a disease that was slowly killing him He wanted to test her power first, so he had his daughter Natalie, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING lay dead animals so Lissa could bring them back to life.Eventually, he kidnapped her and forced her to heal him but Rose,Dimitri, Christian and other guardians save the day Christian , my baby almost died but Lissa healed him 6 NatalieI don t hate her She loved her dad so much that she become a Strigoi because her dad told her to I felt sad for her.7 I really liked Mason He is completely in love with Rose but she only sees him as a friend He is very funny and he is also protective of Rose especially when other males would insult her Okay, I was wondering why I didn t remember Eddie in the first book Now, I remember BECAUSE HE HAD ONE LINE in the entire book That s not fair So I watched the movie aaaaaand I hated it I also made a comic review of the thing on the blog But I ll also post it here for your reading pleasure Warning a lot of Dimitri shots QUICK RANT THIS is the hot Dimitri THIS WHO THE HELL IS THIS WHO THE FUCK IS THIS CRETIN HE IS NOT THE DIMITRI I EXPECTED.I m not sure I can endure the movie now End rant And Bubbles makes her comeback yet again I ve been a fan of Richelle Mead since I started her Game of X series, but before that, I have never ever tried her much popular Vampire Academy series until today My paperback copy has been waiting for me for two years, and I have finally given in and opened the first page Bubbles will be sharing her opinion in my stead get ready 21 Apr 19 Eight years and this review is still attracting mad fangurls So as a pre empt, I highly suggest you not read this review if you can t handle negative criticism of books you love Be thus warned 14 Apr 13 Future commenters if you disagree with the review, that is perfectly fine and normal If you wish to add your own thoughts of the book, that s also perfectly fine But please keep the ad hominems and accusations and not just directed at me, but also other commenters at home.Everyone s free to say what they wish on a public forum But I am also free to moderate what goes on in my space I ve never deleted moderated comments before, as that goes against my beliefs on free and public discourse, but any future offensive or judgemental critical of people instead of the book comments will be ignored and deleted.This is a review of a book, not a fact sheet Just because I think this book is stupid, does not mean I think people who enjoy it are stupid No need to be defensive insulted over it 11 Dec 12 Edit, because I am fucking sick of people coming up to the comments section, especially without reading through the previous pages of comments, and stomp in, guns blazing with accusations of racism and slutshaming.1 Racism wtf does Race have to do with anything stfu you racist cow Stop putting irrelevant topics in your review, bitch please refer to comment 69comment 742 Slutshaming How dare you call her the S word Girls like you are setting back feminism by a few decades Other holier than thou commentsFirst of all if you re going to start accusing me of slut shaming simply because of my use of the word slut , GTFO I m going to steal a commenter s words here slut shaming is not about the word, it s about a mind set view spoiler Thanks, Red Please don t sue me for plagiarism hide spoiler So many people talk about Twilight and miss this super great bookI liked Twilight, but I had a hard time dealing with Bella I thought she was just toogirly for some having with vampires I wanted someone that could stand with them in a fight and not cower behind.Enter Rose She is the bodyguard to Lissa, a vampire princess that must attend school and keep out of the clutches of the dark side Rose is aggressive and hard headed, sometimes risking Lissa while trying to prove she is strong, but all the while terrified to let anyone else in To make her stronger, her elders bring in the hot and ever so delicious Dimitri and with fists and kicks a flying, Rose s world gets a might interesting.This is one killer book for anyone who loves Vampires and is looking for a good young adult book I strongly urge anyone, not just teens to pick it up because once you start it, you won t put it down or the second and third LOL So get past Edward and Bella, not that I don t love them, and sink your teeth into Rose and Lissa s often dangerous lives.