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Initial post: 14 Jul 2010 22:29:56 BDT
Maria says:
Hi all,

Not really sure where to post this...

I have a quick question about the Vampire Academy series. I've heard mixed opinions about this series, and I was wondering what people thought of it?

If you had to compare it to another series within the genre, what would it be? For example, Twilight, The Sookie books, or maybe the Ann Rice series? I'm just trying to get a feel for the style and target age of this series.

Thanks!

Posted on 15 Jul 2010 11:57:28 BDT
I absoluely LOVED all of the VA books and while i am eagerly awaiting the last one in the series im re-reading them again. As a mega fan of twilight i was a bit relutant to read them but after reading so many reviews i thought i would give them a go. And i am so glad i did. They are slightly more adult than the twilight series but not as graphic as the sookie series so i would put them right in the middle. Highly recommended really, hope you enjoy :)

Posted on 15 Jul 2010 16:48:05 BDT
wmlev says:
Like Tracey, I also loved the VA books. If I had to choose between them and Twilight I would choose Twilight. The VA series remind me of Buffy and Angel especially the last two books. I can't wait for the next one in the series to come out.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2010 22:22:41 BDT
Maria says:
That sounds encouraging, maybe I'll give them a chance! Without giving away anything key, can anyone tell me a brief outline of the plot?

Posted on 23 Jul 2010 21:56:38 BDT
Maria says:
What is the first book in the series called?

Posted on 24 Jul 2010 00:15:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2010 00:16:01 BDT
Claire Mill says:
VA books in order:
Vampire Academy
Frostbite
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice (final book, out Dec 7th)

I'm not a Twilight fan, and I don't really get on with the Sookie books either, but I adore VA. It's far more grown up than Twilight (imo) and I don't get the Buffy/Angel vibe, though I understand where the comment came from. I'm a big fan of Buffy, but to me there is too much different to really compare like that.

It's one of the best series I've ever read. Rose is sassy, smart, flawed and with a wicked sense of humor. The books are dark and gritty and if I could only ever recommend one vampire series (young adult or adult) it would be this one. For blrubs of the books, see Richelle's site http://www.richellemead.com But if you like vampire books at all, this series should be a must.

Posted on 24 Jul 2010 09:35:48 BDT
Poppy Girl says:
I think you should try these books, I really enjoyed them. They become quite addictive and as you near the end of one book you will want the next one nearby so you can keep reading. I am annoyed I have to wait until December to finish the series. Rose is a great main character, flawed but with a great sense of humour. I really like Rose,whereas Bella annoyed me a little. Dimitri and Adrian are strong enough characters to rival Edward Cullen. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Twilight saga but this is a good substitute and holds it own.

In the same theme, the House of Night series is okay but a bit "judy blume meets vampires", however I did find it quite addictive even though it's aimed at a younger reader. I would probably recommend borrowing these, rather than buying.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2010 16:15:46 BDT
Maria says:
Thanks Claire & Poppy!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2012 13:01:54 BDT
RebeccaJ says:
I would say it's more along the lines of the Morganville series than Twilight and aimed at a younger audience than Anne Rice novels.

If you're interested in a YA novel with a vampire theme...try
Embrace the Darkness

Embrace the Darkness on Kindle by Rebecca Hawker

Try this one. New out and only 77p. Aimed at the teenage market, it's about a girl who has to find her feet after the death of her best friend. Paranormal twists. :-) Who can she trust when she can't even trust herself?
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