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1.10.2010

Spotlight: Vampire Academy Series

In honor of January being my month of reading about girls (and women) who kick butt I decided to feature one of my favorite young adult series!

While young adult vampire stories have been the hot thing for a while now this series hasn't gotten the attention others have. Which is a total shame because Rose Hathaway is a really tough young lady. More relatable than one of the most popular heroines of the genre if you ask me, Rose is the sort of girl who makes mistakes and still manages to pick herself up afterwards. It's her job to guard her best friend Lissa, the last of a royal bloodline. But kicking butt isn't just something she does, the job runs in the family.

Mead also writes the Dark Swan series which is another favorite and the Georgina Kincaid series which I haven't actually started yet but can't wait to start. If you're interested in an author who knows how to write strong, likable gals drop by Richelle Mead's website (www.richellemead.com) and check them out.
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Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Young Adult, Vampires
Paperback (RAZORBILL, 332 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 159514174X
Released: August 2007 (Reviewed: May 2008)
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 they’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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Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Young Adult, Vampires
Paperback (RAZORBILL, 336 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 1595141758
Released: April 2008 (Reviewed: May 2008)
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...



Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead
Young Adult, Vampires
Trade Paperback (RAZORBILL, 448 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 1595141979
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all...might be seeing ghosts. As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line--and choose between the two people she loves most.

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Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead
Young Adult, Vampires
Trade Paperback (RAZORBILL, 512 pages, $9.99)
ISBN# 1595143106
How far will Rose go to keep her promise?
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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Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead
Young Adult, Vampires
Hardcover (RAZORBILL, 528 pages, $17.99)
ISBN# 1595142509
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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