Neko is back with another of the books we promised would never see the light of day on our blog… This one was… Well to be honest it was a DNF (Did Not Finish). Keep reading to find out why… Oh and total SPOILERS ahead!
Author: Richelle Mead
Rating: (Yes that is NO paws)
Goodreads Synopsis: ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa 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 even more fraught with danger…and 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…
My Thoughts: To start with, I only got about six odd chapters into the book before putting it down in disgust. From what I read, the story is the typical high school drama where our heroine (Rose, a damphir) and her best friend (Lissa, a moroi) want to be popular but ran away because said best friend couldn’t handle being royalty anymore. They of course get caught and drug back to school where Rose refuses to acknowledge that she could be wrong about anything, and of course gets reinstated as Lisaa’s body guard because they share a bond that is super rare. My issue with the book is Rose.
Rose is a bratty, foul mouthed, uncouth, spoiled, know it all who can do no wrong, at least in her own mind. She is supposedly really cool because she has this “devil may care/F*** you” attitude that all the other little school kids think is just the bomb. She starts fights, bad mouths people, finds ways to break her word, endangers her bestie, insults strangers, and believes everyone is constantly thinking about screwing her brains out. Yup, she is just the role model young girls need now a days.
That doesn’t sound so bad though right? I mean, maybe I am just old or prejudiced. I could be. But I don’t think cussing out teachers or breaking every rule you come across makes you super cool. I also don’t believe putting a hamster and a hermit crab into the same cage to fight to the death, just to upset the teacher mind you, makes you cool, bad ass, or quirky. Somehow in this strange little drug addicted world though, that is exactly what makes Rose cool. In fact the battle royal is brought up to get three moroi to leave a nerdy, quiet damphir alone. And everyone thinks she is so bad to the bone that it works. Yeah this was where I decided life was to short to waste anymore of my time reading trash.
Crab on hamster action aside, within the first few paragraphs Rose compares being drunk and/or high and/or the best sex ever, not that’s she’s ever had any, (remember she is about 16 and is drinking/doing drugs) with a moroi feeding off of you. She even gets sick at the thought of poor Lissa drinking from the sick saps whose sole job is to feed the moroi. Finally, when Lissa spends time with another social outcast who’s parents went dark side, so everyone figures he will too, Rose is adamant that Lissa hanging out with said freak will totally ruin their popularity, but she also doesn’t want Lissa to hang out with any of the other moroi, even though Rose misses getting wasted at their fancy parties, because they are all mean. And I got all this from less than a hundred pages people.
So moral of this story? Burn any copy of Vampire Academy you find, the world will be a better place for it.
Has anyone else read this monstrosity? What did you think? Am I over harsh or did I miss even worse things by stopping? Share in the comments!