Why I Love Vampire Academy

When I was in 9th grade, I went through a huge adjustment. High school was incredibly demanding and extremely difficult at first. I had buckets of homework and loads of stress to accompany it. I turned to reading as a comfort, something to help me escape from school's pressures and workload. In September 2012 I discovered the highly popular Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I binged the series in under a month. I was so drawn to the hilarious and badass Rose Hathaway. I loved following her narrative. She fought off deadly vampires, fiercely protected her best friend, and held her own against the petty drama at school. The secondary characters are just as lovable, and the romances are so swoony!

Do you like...?
  • Hilarious main characters
  • Awesome BFF relationships
  • Tall, dark, and handsome men
  • Intense action sequences
  • Forbidden romance
  • High-stakes novels
  • A+ Banter
Then what are you waiting for?? Go read this book.

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: VA #1 
Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 480 Pages
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
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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.
Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:
  • The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty...
  • Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt...
  • The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri's eyes...
  • From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess's private thoughts from a transformative period of her life...


Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) paperback copies of Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead (ARV = $11.99 each).

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 9:00 AM Eastern Time on November 29, 2016 and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 5, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 12, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.


  1. Whenever I see one of these books, I always think of you because I know how much you love this series! I'm so glad to hear that these books were an escape for you in high school. And thank you for the awesome giveaway. Lovely post ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  2. It's already the 10th anniversary?? I feel so old! I had the same sort of experience with Vampire Academy as you did: I found it while I was just getting into YA books in the peak of the high school workload and I loved the banter between the characters! It made me laugh when school was stressing me out :)

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  3. Oh yes yes yes!! VA is one of the best ever series I've read :) Rose is definitely the best female protagonist! She made me laugh so much! She was such a realistic character :) I love this post!


  4. I also loved this series! I remember flying through each book when I read this series maybe ten years a go now. I can't believe it's been that long! I loved that Rose was so kick ass, I loved the dynamic of Rose and Lisa and the fact Rose was linked to her. I felt like that added to the story as a whole.

    I loved this series so much!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift


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