Book #27 was Vampire Academy, the first book in Richelle Meadâ€™s Vampire Academy series.Â The back of the book reads:
St. Vladimirâ€™s Academy isnâ€™t just any boarding schoolâ€”itâ€™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. Theyâ€™ve been on the run, but now theyâ€™re being dragged back to St. Vladimirâ€™sâ€”the very place where theyâ€™re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academyâ€™s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoiâ€”the worldâ€™s fiercest and most dangerous vampiresâ€”make Lissa one of them forever.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to! The action starts right from the beginning, as Rose and Lissa are captured and brought back to St. Vladimirâ€™s, the school theyâ€™ve run away from.Â The vampire myth here has been twisted around, with there being more than one â€œflavorâ€;Â the Strigoi are probably closest to the traditional vampire. I liked the changes and the extra hierarchy it brought to the vampire society. This is a YA book, so there are a lot of teen-related issues — bullies, gossip, depression, dating, etc — and a fair amount of angst, but I thought it was all done rather well. And I had absolutely no clue who the bad guy was going to be before it was revealed. All in all, I will definitely continue this series.
Audiobook length: 8hrs 55min | Approximate word count: 67,200