first time I attempted to read Vampire Academy book one, I
gave up around page 50. It was well written. It was an
interesting world without being the Mary Sue Academy for
Extra Special Girl Vampires like the House of Night books
are, but I wasn’t in the mood for it. So it wasn’t until the
second book came out that I went back and read them both.
I enjoyed Vampire Academy (book
one) and Frostbite (book two) so much. Rose was a wonderful
character, and her ability to see inside of her companion
Lissa’s head allowed you to see beyond the normal first
person urban fantasy narrative. Both books had more than
enough subplots and exciting main plots to keep an adult
Book three – Shadow Kiss rocked
my world. It’s got action. It’s got passion. It’s got so
much angst and pain that it made me cry. It was a wonderful
book, and I loved it from start to finish.
Then something bad happened.
Book four – Blood Promise sank like a stone. Rose is
searching for her lost love. Good. I want her to find
Dmitri. Everyone wants her to find him. But 16 chapters of
filler, with a cast of new characters that won’t matter once
Rose returns to the United States from Siberia, made me want
to throw my Kindle across the room. I was bored out of my
Yes we were introduced to a new
type of character, the Alchemists who clean up after the two
types of vampires (good and evil), but we don’t see enough
of them to make them interesting. I would have rather seen
them introduced in their own novel than to see them from
Rose’s point of view.
Rose finds her lost love. I’m
not worried about this being a spoiler. It’s the only reason
I was reading the book to begin with. Suddenly the novel
went from boring to cliché ridden garbage. I felt like I was
reading bad fanfic of a bad fanfic.
I quit reading House of Night
10 pages into Book Five. I will read Vampire Academy Book
Five when it comes out. I just hope it’s better than Blood
Promise, or I’ll be down another YA vampire series.
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