Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead I like it!! But not enough to make me go gaga over this book, hence the 4 stars. But it was well-written with well-rounded characters so what's not to love? :)

Although I was kind of frustrated reading the resemblance The Covenant series has with this book. The general concept was almost the same and I just thought that maybe The Covenant should have been more discrete in imitating this book's concept.

Anyway, I like the book but not very much Rose. She was way too hot headed and overprotective of Lissa MOST of the time that she almost seems like Lissa's lover. And I just didn't get it at first. But then towards the end when the whole Shadowkissed and their bond was explained, I get it and understood more of what has been transpiring between the two of them. How they are connected and how their story relates to St. Vladimir was actually smart and well-thought off!

I love Lissa's character because she is the more rational and gentle one. Although she may have issues and problems, I still liked her. I also like Christian. Actually, I love them together. They complement each other and their relationship seems effortless.

The whole drama with Mia was kind of over the top. I mean, ugggh! The drama was really making my head hurt. The endless retaliation at getting back each other which could have been avoided if they could just talk everything out but then again, it is still highscool so what do you expect?

The one behind Lissa's torture was semi-predictable because the culprit was one of my guesses :P but I didn't expect that there was something bigger than just bullying Lissa. The whole concept really kept me at my toes and very much interested in this book and I'm eager to start the next book :)

As to Rose and Dimitri's dilemma, it's promising a lot of complications and drama and I can't wait to read what happens next. Although I wish she would just settle with Mason. You know, to keep things safe and less complicated :P

All in all this book was a great read and I'm definitely looking forward to read the sequel! :)

Favorite scene:
“Because we can't be together."

"Because of the age thing, right?" I asked."Because you're my mentor?”
“His fingertip gently wiped away a tear that had escaped down my cheek.

"That's part of it," he said. "But also…well, you and I wil both be Lissa's guardians someday. I need to protect her at all costs. If a pack of Strigoi come, I need to throw my body between them and her."

"I know that. Of course that's what you have to do." The black sparkles were dancing in front of my eyes again. I was fading out.

"No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you.”