I finished both of these really quickly so I'm combining my reviews of the first two!
Goodreads rating: 4.26
Paperback, 332 pages
Published August 16th, 2007 by Razorbill
Series: Vampire Academy #1
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...
Goodreads rating: 4.38
Paperback, 327 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Razorbill
Series: Vampire Academy #2
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians—including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
Vampire Academy - my rating: 4/5
Frostbite - my rating: 5/5
This series has been sitting on my shelf for a long time but I haven't really been into vampire books. Any vampire series I've read hasn't been up to par with how I felt about Twilight, but still I'm not sure why I was so reluctant. I'd heard awesome things about the series and of course I heard all about how sexy and amazing Dimitri was, but I put it off. Finally, I just decided to crack down and make myself read the series. Well, I've pretty much fallen in love with it. I wish I had started it sooner, but I'm glad I'm reading it now. It's nothing I'd ever expected.
The opening scene in the first book was interesting. If I hadn't known that Dimitri and Rose were... involved...in the other books, then I would have assumed this was a book about a gay girl struggling with her identity. Turns out, it's just a vampire thing. I loved the way Mead molded this world. With mythical creatures that are constantly being overused (vampires, werewolves, angels), there has to be an angle to take it at. Otherwise, it's not interesting. So far, this series has been non-stop action and romance and just total and complete awesomeness at every turn.
The twists in the first book weren't too predictable but I had an inkling. I also loved watching the attraction grow not only between Rose and Dimitri (mmm older sexy boy), but Lissa and Christian as well. It was the stuff between the last couple where things got interesting for Rose. See, she has a special bond with Lissa, one where Rose can sense and even experience every emotion Lissa is feeling, but not the other way around. Get my drift? There's also a lot of rich history of Vampires. I wonder what kind of research Mead did for this series. Rose also finds out some interesting things about herself in the first one. I'll let you find out.
In the second one, not only does Rose's absentee mother show up, but there have been terrible attacks on Moroi (good vampires) by the Strigoi (bad vampires), one of which Rose witnessed the aftermath of. And the bad part; humans are helping the Strigoi. They go to a safe location in the mountain where Rose, having been told by Dimitri that they can't be together no matter how they feel about each other, has a little fling with a sweet guy who's infatuated with her named Mason. She eventually realizes though that she's not being fair to him. That's one thing I liked watching--Rose's growth. She's still sarcastic and rude and self-centered at times, but she grows up. Probably because of Dimitri, who seems to be pretty cozy with a Moroi, otherwise known as Christian's sister. It was hard to hate her despite seeing her and Dimitri together.
I'm just racing through this series! I'm actually glad I started it late because then I don't have to wait for any of the books to come out. I can just read them one after the other. I'm in the middle of Shadow Kiss now!