My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Finishing Vampire Academy, I consider an accomplishment. It was tough not to throw it at the wall. I trudged on mainly because I was reading it out-loud to my husband. In between my wtf commentary, it was a fun out-loud read. The 3 stars should really be 2.75 stars.
***Spoilers from here on:***
The Good: Richelle Mead‘s writing is polished and flows. Reading it out-loud showcases the smooth prose.
The Not-so: Too many named characters. Many times I had to page back to figure out who was being talked about. The high-school crowd blends together. You don’t really care who is who – or remember. Check-your-brains-at-the-door was in full mode in the later part of the novel.
The inside track:
Rose and Lissa’s relationship at times seems romantic, which really threw me off at the beginning of the story. It didn’t strike me as a relationship of friends or sisters. Rose is so intensely interested in Lissa at times I wondered if her character was originally written to be a male. It throws the relationship between Lissa, Christian, Dimitri and Mason into strange murky waters. The Christian and Dimitri characters never get real guts and flesh. The outline is good, but I never got enough of them to sink my teeth into. Far too many times I’m asked to buy what’s being said and follow along sheep-style. I am not a sheep. The ending was downright ridiculous. Outrageously poor story crafting.
Would I read another? I would start a real sequel to see if the character development improves. I know there are other novels in this series but I also know the next book does not focus on these characters. I am not interested in reading another story in this world.
Bottom line: Some interesting vampire story ideas but the world does not compel me to dive in for the long haul.