Oh yea, I said it…Vampire. I’m tired of the same ‘ol vampire books, but this series is different.
My kids tease me about reading young adult books, but sometimes I need a change in pace from the mystery/thriller books. I’ve found there are some good young adult series available. I also like to know what is interesting the teens these days. There is certainly no shortage of Vampire books to choose from. For the most part I burned out on Vamps and Werewolves, but this series promised something good.
I picked up book one “Vampire Academy” while I was looking for something light and fun. I read it within a few days and honestly, I liked it, but wasn’t completely sold. I decided I’d try the second book, “Frostbite” and within the first few pages I knew that I’d finish the series. Two weeks later I finished book six. Three days of the two weeks I spent painting so maybe it was technically one and a half weeks. I had to ask myself why. Why were these books so good that I ignored my family and for a brief time lived in the story world? One word: Emotion. The storylines are thick with emotion.
There are six books in the Vampire Academy Series written by Richelle Mead. You have the common teens in school theme, love and good versus evil. The “Vampire Academy” books are all told from the point of view of Rose Hathaway, a young damphir (part vampire part human) that’s training as a guardian. Her goal is to graduate and become her best friend’s (Lissa a Moroi princess) guardian.
The story line grows with love and friends, unexpected twists, good action scenes and overall real page turners. This series had several differences than other teen books I’ve read. I’ve noticed that a lot, not all, young adult novels contain a snarky, rude, disrespectful teen. It might be realistic, but it’s a turn off. Rose also has those qualities and I often wanted to smack her for being so snarky. BUT, these characters also believed in something other than themselves! They genuinely cared about each other and others on a whole. They sacrificed themselves, fought for their morals and beliefs, had convictions and still remained teens. They had goals and ambitions, weaknesses and strengths. It was refreshing to see something other than teens defying responsibility, authority and always blaming someone else for what they need to take responsibility for. It was refreshing to read.
I won’t go into detail concerning the books, but if you enjoy reading I recommend them. Richelle Mead is a great author, she taught me some things for my novel. They carry her books at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. If you decide to read them let me know what you think.
Until Next Time…