Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 72 pages
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at atll times from the Strigoi, the fiercest vampire—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-blent on making Lissa one of them.
With the total of pages are only 72, this book absolutely not going to load all of the whole story. But even though this is like a short version of the original story, there’s simply no differences about the plot. They didn’t wrote back parts of the story completely, yes, but each of the main story itself remains built well and clearly. I’m even sure readers who haven’t read the original story though, would still be able to understand all the storyline well.
The story begins when Rose Hathaway had a dream about her connection with Lissa Dragomir. This part was ilustrated on the first page when Rose was standing alone in the middle of the lake (the ilustration itself nearly looks like a lake than a sea—this oppening part described different with the original story, where Rose is on the beach with hot guy).
After that, Rose was awakened by screams of Lissa who had a bad dream. To make Lissa fells better, Rose offered her blood—they call it feeding. Feeding is usually done by humans and only applied to Moroi (Lissa is one of the Royals Moroi—Moroi is a mortal vampire that need to drink blood to survive). But in a runaway situation they’re doing, will be very difficult to get blood for Lissa. So Rose did it, even though this is a real bad thing. Because for whoever Dhampir that been feeding Moroi will be called as blood whore. None of Dhampir wants to called it, including Rose herself, so two of them kept it as a secret.
The reason why they were runaway was not explained in this book. But in a part when they were met with Kirova, Rose explained that she protected Lissa when none of others could.
And here’s an ilustration about the differences of Moroi, Dhampir, and Strigoi.
On that night, they were caught by Dimitri Belikov—the other Dhampir sent to retrieve them back to the St. Vladimir’s Academy. After returned to this place, Rose was accepted well by her Dhampir friends again. So do Lissa, she has a nice uncle—Victor Dashkov and his daughter Natalie. In fact, Rose was hard to get a good connection with the other Royals to inherit her family title, and she’s very frustating with this. Rose back to her routine training as a guardian and extra sessions with Dimitri himself to get a qualifications to be Lissa’s guardian. Meanwhile, Lissa meet and make a friends with Christian Ozera. Rose a bit can’t deal with this because all of them knew that Christian’s parents are Strigoi.
All things are seems going well, Rose and Lissa back to their routines daily life, but it changed after something bad started to arrive. It was Mia, a Moroi who always looking for problems with Lissa since her return to this place. Either Rose or Lissa didn’t understand what’s her motive, but they both knew she’s dating Aaron, Lissa’s ex-boyfriend. Beside of that, the mysterious terrors happened to Lissa, a died animals been sent to Lissa’s room twice. Lissa don’t seems scared but she was frustating because she can’t help to heal them, to make them alive again (this ability is a special and she must not tell to anybody to be safe). All of their friends are talking about them, and that’s going worse after an issue about secret of Rose fed Lissa when they were runaway comes up. Rose was very mad, and the only one person she thought who definitely behind in this thing is Christian Ozera.
This is not over. Lissa Dragomir was kidnapped.
Guess who were doing all these things then. Who has sent died animals? Is it true Christian Ozera who had been spreading Rose’s secret? And who’s kidnapping Lissa? You will get all of the answers in the end of this book—a graphic book with pretty much interesting ilustrations that fit in original story. But, it will be better if you read it’s novel first before this.