Young-Adult Book Reviews

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Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3)

Author: Richelle Mead

         Absolute heartbreak. Rose and Dimitri's epic love is put to the ultimate test. Rose has to balance school, protecting Lissa, and her love for Dimitri, which seems to be turning into a harder job than she thought. If your on this book, I assume that your already thoroughly addicted to this series and you won't be able to put down the book until you've reached the last page. This is one of my most favorite series ever!


Overview:

        Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush.
Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…
 
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Frost Bite (Vampire Academy Series #2)

Author: Richelle Mead

         If you like the first book, you'll love this one. Rose's self control is put to the test when Dimitri's long time friend looks like she's becoming more than a friend. Rose's take charge attitude and hero complex will show you how much she has grown. in the beginning of the book, she was selfish and used Mason to distract herself from Dimitri, but at the end of the book, she lets him go and says that the only thing she wants is for Dimitri to be happy. I love this book and I can't even remember how many times I've read and reread this series. It never gets old.


Overview:

          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 handto- 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…

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Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Series #1)

Author: Richelle Mead

         This is a good read if you are looking for a feminist-y, romantic and dangerous story of good and bad vampires and half vampires. The forbidden romance between Rose Hathaway and the chivalrous and godlike Dimitri Belikov is absolutely swoon-worthy. The Twilight series was a bit disappointing mainly because of how "weak" Bella was. Rose is a butt-kicking warrior goddess and her devotion to Lissa and her job is admirable. You will without a doubt be immediately obsessed with the series and won't be able to put down the book!.


Overview:

         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 there'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.

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Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Series #5)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Overview:

         ​Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever.

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Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy Series #6)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Overview:

         Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.

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Blood Promise (Vampire Academy Series #4)

Author: Richelle Mead

         This was an interesting read because so far in this series, Rose is a headstrong girl who is passionate about what she believes in. Now she faces the choice of leaving Lissa to honor Dimitri's last wish, or, abandon Lissa and go on  quest to free Dimitri's soul. Both choices hold their own heartbreak, but Rose makes the decision that she thinks is the most important. This book will give you a lesson on making choices in life and include sparks of love, friendship, loyalty and honor. I absolutely loved this book.


Overview:

         The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.
He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

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