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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Vampire Academy

Okay, let's start with the most important thing about this book: Is it just me, or does the cover model look like Angelina Jolie?

So the basic plot of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is that, in addition to humans, there are three major players in the vampire world. Moroi are mortal vampires who must be protected from the evil immortal vampires, the Strigoi. Moroi are protected by Dhampir who are half vampire and half human (Moroi can't mate with each other). The two main characters are Lissa, a Moroi princess, and her best friend Rose, a Dhampir "guardian"-in-training. The book opens with them being taken back to the secluded Vampire Academy in Montana that they escaped from a year previously. From there, it's half high school cliques and politics and half serious vampire-world issues. For instance, Lissa has secret healing powers that take a toll on her emotionally and physically, and Rose can get inside of Lissa's head to experience what she does. Both girls have complicated romantic interests, and someone is leaving dead animals for Lissa to find.

I enjoyed the book and read it in two sittings. However, I would most likely recommend it to voracious readers who have already read everything else in the library or to readers who really like vampire books. I'd say it's probably comparable to Melissa de la Cruz, possibly a little bit more developed.


Holly said...

I went to request this, but our old system doesn't own it!

sammie said...

I bought this book and also realized after looking at it that it looks exactly like angelina jolie, so I wouldn't be surprised if it actually is her. But when does the next book come out because I can't find information of it at my llocal library.

Sheryl said...

Frostbite is supposed to come out on April 10.

mytonmedy said...

The Moroi can have children. That is how they have Royalty. The Dhampir can't. That is why they play the role of guardians.
A Dhampir can breed with a human or a Moroi, but not with each other.
It mentions in the book that it is something like mules.
That is also why Dhampir women tend to be looked down on because they are "sluts" letting any Moroi man have their way.
Moroi can breed with other Moroi, Strigoi can't breed because they are dead. Dhampirs can only be half of the equation and only produce more Dhampirs. Straight 50/50.

Faye said...

Actually, the Moroi AND dhampir can have children, but either way they end up as dhampir children. The Dhampir just can't have chidren with each other, but they can with Moroi. Moroi can have children with humans, Moroi and dhampirs.
Genetic quirks rock! Haha

Anonymous said...

I thought it looked like jolie too...