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Vampire Academy series
The covers of the six Vampire Academy books.jpg
The covers of the six books.
Author Richelle Mead
Cover artist Emilian Gregory
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young Adult
Urban Fantasy
Dark fantasy
Paranormal romance
Publisher Razorbill
Published 2007-2010
Media type Print (Hard, Soft)
e-Book (Kindle, Nook)
No. of books 6
Followed by Bloodlines series

Vampire Academy is an American best-selling series of six young-adult paranormal romance novels by author Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat Strigoi (the evil undead vampires) in St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her instructor, Dimitri Belikov, while having an unbreakable bond with Lissa.[1]

The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, was published in 2007; it was followed by Frostbite in 2008.[2][3] The third book in the series, Shadow Kiss, and the fourth book, Blood Promise, were published in 2008.[4][5] The fifth book, Spirit Bound, and the sixth book, Last Sacrifice, were released in 2010.[6][7] As of 2013, the series has sold 8 million copies in 35 countries.[8]

In 2010, a film based on the first book in the series, Vampire Academy, was announced. In February 2013 Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky were announced as part of the cast. Filming began in summer 2013 and it was released on February 7, 2014.[8]

Plot summary[edit]

In Vampire Academy (novel), guardian in training Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway and Moroi princess Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir are brought back to their school, St. Vladimir's Academy, after running away two years previously. On returning, Guardian Dimitri Belikov, who was the leader of the team of guardians sent to retrieve the two, is assigned to be Lissa's guardian and offers to mentor Rose in her guardian training. He also believes Rose can be an excellent guardian to Lissa due to the presence of a rare one-sided psychic bond to Lissa, which allows her to know the latter's thoughts, emotions, and whereabouts. Rose agrees, knowing this is the only way she will be allowed to remain, and on graduation, be Lissa's guardian. When Lissa becomes depressed and engages in self-mutilation, it is revealed that she has a miraculous ability to heal others. Rose reaches through her bond while confined to her room to find that Lissa is being kidnapped. She sneaks out of her room to tell Dimitri that Lissa has been kidnapped, but they are distracted by a lust charm planted by Victor. After Dimitri disposes of the charm, she directs a convoy to the kidnapper's hideout and the school guardians are able to rescue her from the man she has called "Uncle" all her life, Victor. Dimitri reveals that he has feelings for Rose but cannot have a relationship with her because of their age difference, and also because he won't be able to guard Lissa if she is near him. This is where the first book, Vampire Academy, ends.

The story continues in Frostbite with Rose and Dimitri traveling to meet Arthur Schoenberg for Rose's Qualifier Exam. Once they arrive at the home of the Moroi family he protects, they discover a bloody massacre of the entire family and their guardians, including Arthur. To keep the students at St. Vladimir's Academy safe, a ski trip to a lodge owned by a wealthy Moroi family is required right after Christmas. During her stay at the lodge, Rose meets a royal Moroi named Adrian Ivashkov. During Adrian's pool party, Mason, his friend Eddie, and Mia begin voicing their opinions about hunting Strigoi. After a heated argument with Dimitri, Rose tells Mason confidential information about the possible whereabouts of the Strigoi's hideouts. Using Rose's information, Mia, Mason, and Eddie sneak out of the ski lodge and travel to Spokane, Washington, to hunt down the Strigoi themselves. Rose discovers their plan, and she and Christian follow to stop them. When they find the group they are ambushed by Strigoi who hold them captive for days. Rose eventually comes up with a plan to escape, and they all manage to get out of the house into the protection of the light, except Rose. Mason returns and attempts to help Rose but his neck gets snapped, killing him instantly. Rose defeats the Strigoi in a rage over his death. Once back at St. Vladimir's, Rose receives two molnija marks for her Strigoi kills. Dimitri also tells her that his heart is with Rose and will never leave her.

Shadow Kiss begins with Rose preparing for the Qualifying Exam with the rest of the novices. Christian is approached by Jesse Zeklos to join a secret "club" he and Ralf have started, though Christian turns them down. Rose becomes suspicious, and tries to learn more about this club, which she later learns is called "Mână". Rose goes to meet with Queen Tatiana. She insists that Rose call off her "engagement" to Adrian. Tatiana then reveals that she has been planning a marriage between Adrian and Lissa. Lissa is approached by Jesse and Ralf to join Mână, and she accepts their invitation as a chance to spy on them, without Rose's knowing. Lissa is led into the woods and attacked by Jesse and the other magic users. Rose senses something is wrong and runs to Lissa's aid. She beats Lissa's attackers and Lissa tortures Jesse using Spirit. Rose realizes that whenever Lissa uses Spirit, dark emotions fill Lissa, which caused her to self-harm in the first book, and tells Lissa to let the dark emotion flow through their connection and into Rose. Lissa obeys, and Rose suddenly begins beating Jesse fiercely. Alberta and Dimitri appear, and Alberta has several guards take Jesse away, while ordering Dimitri to handle Rose, who is still in a manic state. After Dimitri comforts Rose she sleeps with him. They start to go back to the school when they are attacked by a Strigoi. Dimitri sends Rose back to the school to warn the guardians. The guardians send Rose back to her dormitory but she sneaks out to go after Christian. She and Christian combine their skills to destroy Strigoi. Dimitri is attacked and Rose later finds out that his body wasn't found. Another team of guardians confirm that Dimitri was not killed, but was made Strigoi. Rose decides to leave the Academy to go after Dimitri and kill him. She decides to go to Siberia, believing Dimitri would go there first.

In Blood Promise, Rose meets an Alchemist named Sydney and they travel to Siberia, where she eventually finds Dimitri’s family. She eventually leaves after a falling out with Dimitri's sister Viktoria. She then travels to Novosibirsk to stake out Strigoi in the hopes of finding Dimitri. When she does meet him he takes her hostage and refuses to kill her, and instead, says he will keep her until she decides to turn Strigoi to be with him. All the while, Rose keeps checking up with Lissa back at St. Vladimir's through the bond. Avery, a secret Spirit user, has been using compulsion to control Lissa. During a visit to Lissa's head, Rose gets pushed out by Avery. Rose eventually manages to escape, grabbing a stake on the way out. Dimitri catches up with her, and they battle on a bridge, where Rose plunges her stake into his chest. Exhausted, Rose ends up at the home of an Alchemist friend of Sydney's. When she wakes up, she realizes Lissa is in danger with Avery, who wants to kill Lissa and then heal her back so that Lissa would be "shadow-kissed" and bonded to Avery. With help from Oksana, Rose manages to guide Lissa and Adrian through the fight against Avery and her brother, Reed, and Avery's guardian Simon. Back at St. Vladimir's, Rose reunites with Lissa and shares what happened to her in Russia. After agreeing to re-enroll in school to graduate, Rose goes back to her normal life at St. Vladmir's. However, she soon receives a package from Russia, enclosed with the stake she used on Dimitri, and a note from him saying he was not really staked properly, and was still alive, waiting for Rose to finish school to find him. Rose realizes that with Dimitri still a Strigoi, she has a chance to restore him to his former life.

Spirit Bound begins with Rose passing her final exams. She plots with Lissa and Eddie to break Victor Dashkov out of his high security vampire prison. Once they succeed Victor agrees to lead them to his brother, Robert, a reclusive spirit user who is rumored to have once returned a strigoi to their original state. Robert tells them that the Spirit user must infuse a stake with Spirit and kill the Strigoi on its own. Lissa and Christian are kidnapped by Dimitri as bait for Rose. Rose leads a group of guardians to his hiding place and fights her way over to him. She is about to kill him when Christian encircles him in a ring of fire, while Lissa stakes him. Dimitri is restored as a Dhampir. He pushes Rose away, saying that he is no longer able to love. Rose turns to Adrian for comfort. The next morning at breakfast, Rose and Dimitri run into each other. In the middle of the discussion, a group of Guardians surround Rose and Dimitri instinctively fights to protect her, but she calms him down. The Guardians announce her that Queen Tatiana has been found murdered with Rose's stake and she is to come with them.

Last Sacrifice starts Rose being broken out of prison. Dimitri and Rose go to West Virginia with Sydney and decide to find Lissa's half-sibling. The only person with the information they need in an old teacher, Sonya Karp who is now a Strigoi. Victor and Robert join them and Robert stakes Sonya, turning her back into a Moroi. Rose then takes Sonya to find Lissa's half-sibling. They discover it is Jill Mastrano, an old friend from the academy. Victor and Robert kidnap her. Meanwhile Lissa is put in the running for Queen. Rose, Dimitri and Sonya find Victor and Robert and get Jill back but Rose accidentally kills Victor during a fight. Dimitri comforts her and they confess their love for one another. It is revealed that Tasha murdered the Queen as she disliked her policies, and framed Rose because she was jealous of her relationship with Dimitri. Tasha shoots Rose while attempting to escape. When she recovers she is no longer bonded with Lissa. The series ends with Lissa becoming Queen and Dimitri and Rose together.

Main characters[edit]

  • Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway, the narrator. A dhampir teenager training to be a guardian at St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose has a spirit bond with Lissa as a result of being brought back to life by Lissa's magic. Rose falls in love with her older mentor Dimitri.
  • Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir, a Moroi, the last of the royal Dragomirs, and Rose's best friend. A user of a rare form of magic (spirit), she can bring the dead back to life, heal, and use compulsion.
  • Dimitri Belikov, a twenty-four-year-old Russian dhampir and guardian. He is Rose's primary love interest.
  • Christian Ozera, a Moroi and Lissa's primary love interest. His parents willingly turned Strigoi, causing people to treat him with distrust.
  • Adrian Ivashkov, a Moroi spirit user who dates Rose.
  • Mia Rinaldi, a Moroi water user. Rose and Lissa's enemy (and later, friend) at St. Vladimir's Academy.

Publication history[edit]

There are six books in the original series, which is followed by a spin-off series consisting of six planned books[9] As of 2013, this series has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.[8]

  1. Vampire Academy, (August 16, 2007), ISBN 978-1-59514-174-3[2]
  2. Frostbite, (April 10, 2008), ISBN 978-1-59514-175-0[3]
  3. Shadow Kiss, (November 13, 2008), ISBN 978-1-59514-197-2[5]
  4. Blood Promise, (August 25, 2009), ISBN 978-1-59514-198-9[4]
  5. Spirit Bound, (May 18, 2010), ISBN 978-1-59514-250-4[6]
  6. Last Sacrifice, (December 7, 2010), ISBN 978-1-59514-306-8 [7]

The series made its first appearance on the New York Times Best Seller list at #4 with the release of Shadow Kiss.[10] It has since made the list with each new book release, including an appearance at #1 when Spirit Bound was released.[11]

Spin-off[edit]

A spin-off series called Bloodlines follows several characters from the Vampire Academy series and is centered around alchemist, Sydney Sage.[12] There are six books planned for the series.[9]

The first book in the series Bloodlines, was released August 23, 2011. It eventually reached the number two spot on The New York Times Best Seller list in March 2013.[13] It was followed by The Golden Lily on June 12, 2012, which debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.[14][15] The third book, The Indigo Spell, was released February 12, 2013.[16] The fourth book, The Fiery Heart, was released on November 19, 2013.[17]

Adaptations[edit]

Film[edit]

In June 2010, Preger Entertainment optioned the film rights to the Vampire Academy series.[1] On July 6, they announced that producer Don Murphy joined them to help bring the series to the big screen.[18] On December 17, 2012, it was announced that Dan Waters was writing the script. On February 1, 2013, it was announced that Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky were cast as Rose Hathaway, Lissa Dragomir, and Dimitri Belikov respectively. The title has since been changed to Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. The film was released on February 7, 2014. Filming started during the final week of May 2013. The movie was filmed in and around Europe, particularly in the UK, with additional photography in Montana, USA. The first tralier was launched on November 22nd, 2013.[19]

Graphic novel[edit]

A graphic novel based on the first Vampire Academy book was published on August 23, 2011.[20] The graphic novel is adapted by Leigh Dragoon and illustrated by Emma Vieceli. A graphic novel for the second book in the series, Frostbite, was also released in May, 2012.[21]

Reception[edit]

Vampire Academy has received widespread negativity from critics. The film aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes[22] gave the film 10% approval with an average rating of 3.2 out of ten, based upon 39 reviews. Its consciousness reads "Though it may appeal to its built-in fanbase, Vampire Academy's Twilight-meets-Mean Girls conceit borrows lazily from its predecessors and offers few laughs or thrills to complement its overstuffed backstory".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New York Times Bestselling Series 'Vampire Academy' Staked by Preger Entertainment". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Vampire Academy - Books by Richelle Mead - Penguin Group". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Frostbite - Books by Richelle Mead - Penguin Group". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Blood Promise - Books by Richelle Mead - Penguin Group". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Shadow Kiss - Books by Richelle Mead - Penguin Group". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Spirit Bound - Books by Richelle Mead - Penguin Group". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  7. ^ a b "Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead Barnes and Noble". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b c "Berlin 2013: The Weinstein Co. Strikes Deal for U.S. Rights to Vampire Pic 'Blood Sisters'". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  9. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  10. ^ New York Times Children's Books Bestseller Lists, 11/21/2008
  11. ^ New York Times Children's Books Bestseller Lists, 5/28/2010
  12. ^ "Interview with Richelle Mead". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  13. ^ "Richelle Mead's new series "Bloodlines"". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  14. ^ "The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  15. ^ "Richelle Mead talks Bloodlines sequel The Golden Lily". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  16. ^ "The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  17. ^ "The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  18. ^ McNary, Dave. (2010-07-06) 'Academy' bites bigscreen – Entertainment News, Book Adaptations, Media. Variety. Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  19. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ERrnYunBg
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ Truitt, Brian (April 18, 2011). "First look: 'Vampire Academy' bites into graphic-novel market". USA Today. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ Rotten Tomatoes

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