A few weeks back I confessed that I'd never finished the Vampire Academy series. Then Steph at TheFakeSteph tweeted back that she wanted to read the books over the summer, and Ashelynn of Gypsy Book Reviews tweeted us that she'd love to re-read the books.
And so St. Vladimir's Summer School was born -- or reborn? It's just like a John Hughes movie: we have fresh-faced new girl Steph, the slacker series drop-out (I guess that would be me), and Ashelynn, who apparently just can't get enough of school. Or vampires. Or both. Look for her in the front row for sure.
On Wednesdays this summer, we'll be blogging about our Vampire Academy journey. If you've read the books and want to chime in, or if you're curious about this much beloved series, we hope you enjoy following along. Who knows what could happen? There may be quizzes, Q &A, group discussions, and even detention for people who don't do their reading. If we remember to do it, look for tweets with the hashtag #vladass.
Week One: Welcome to Class! Assigned Reading: Vampire Academy, book one
Okay, I think I was the first one to finish the reading. What? I'm not the slacker! I'm the nerd! I decided I'm not going to do traditional reviews. This is summer school. I'm going to just tell you my impressions.
Here's what I love so far about Vampire Academy:
I must feel misunderstood myself, because I do love a heroine who feels like everyone has the wrong idea about her. Poor Rose. She's so loyal to Lissa, and because she's a dhampir, people at St. Vladimir's assume all that she's all slutty and stuff, even though she's not. She did let Lissa drink her blood, but that was an emergency.
Forbidden love: Yes, Dimitri is all grown up, and quite a bit older than Rose. And they're both supposed to guard Lissa, so they'll get distracted from protecting her if they're in a lip lock. Forbidden love is great! And Dimitri is so hard to read. It's driving poor Rose crazy. If she could read his mind, this would be a whole different book.
Boarding school: Without parents around, you can get into all kinds of trouble...
Vampire lore: I'm still trying to master the dhampir/moroi/strigoi thing. Rose re-explans it in every book, so I think I'm getting there.
I need Steph to make one of her famous clothes collages for Rose's strapless black dress and diamond rose pendant. Above is my best effort. Whoa -- that pendant was EVIL!
(Dress by Herve Leger, necklace by Jewelry Kingdom. Click on images for more info.)
Complicated female relationships: A lot of books have three types of female characters: the heroine, the mean girl and the sassy sidekick BFF. The relationship between Lissa and Rose is such a messed-up mix of love and duty and obligation. Good stuff!
Have you read this series? Tell me what you loved about it, but don't tell me what happens next!
Then be sure to go over to see what Steph thought. Did she make me a clothes collage? Does Ashelynn need detention already?