Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'm going to preface this review by saying that this book has some memories associated with it through no fault of its own, and therefore my feelings toward it might not be entirely rational.
"There are two sorts of vampires, living and dead.
That's about where this book's similarities to any legendary vampires end. Which is okay. Most books don't even get that far. To be honest, the vampire bits of this book weren't really interesting or important. I don't know why the Strigoi are evil or the other ones aren't. I have no idea why the Dhampirs have been putting up with the vampire's abuse for centuries. I kind of wish the author had left out all of the vampire parts, honestly, since they just raise a lot of very annoying questions.
Aside from the vampires, this book was surprisingly okay. It was stupid, but sometimes that's a good thing. Rose is a very controlling friend, and I wish the author had dealt more with that, but Lyssa seems able to hold her own. The depression was handled okay, although I wonder why it's accompanied with weird fits of insane anger. The whole magical powers bit seemed rather contrived, but then again it always does.
Basically, this is a silly teenage girl book with absolutely nothing darker to offer, which can be an excellent thing indeed. I can't really recommend it, but if you want something light that isn't fluff (because fluff this is not, much as it tries to be), this will do perfectly.
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