The Messenger Reviews

Obviously, this is a book review blog. I mostly read Young Adult books, but I try to branch out every once and a while as well!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

This book wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, and I'm pretty sure that's a good thing. Surprisingly, I really liked this book. The characters, especially Rose, sometimes drove me up a wall because of the decisions they made, but I still managed to liked the characters well enough. For me, this book worked extremely well, even though I thought I probably wouldn't like it a lot.
One of the things that I both liked and didn't like about this book was the main character, Rose. Sometimes, I absolutely adored her. Other times, I hated her with a seething passion. Sometimes, she made the worst decisions. Other times, she was incredibly resourceful and intelligent. She was a little promiscuous, but also would do anything for her friends. Sometimes she was manipulative, but she was also brave. While I had mixed feelings for her, if I had to decide between liking her or not liking her, I would say that I liked her without even really having to think about it.
One thing I really liked was the story line. As I have mentioned before, it wasn't what I expected. I was expecting this to be your average vampire story, but I found this story line a lot more intriguing. The concept was really cool- normal vampires and protector vampires. Some of the story was a little unbelievable, but it's a paranormal- what do you expect? 
Even though this was a paranormal book, it wasn't shallow. It discussed all sorts of meaningful things- depression, what a reputation means and what it should mean, how important it is to be in charge of somebody's welfare, trust where taking an eye for eye gets you, and, of course, love. Sure, it may not be the same as a Chicken Soup book, but it does discuss some real issues.
Overall, this book was good, and I would suggest this to anybody who has even a remote interest in paranormal novels. It wasn't necessarily perfect, but what book is? I would still definitely say it is worth a read. I wouldn't say it should shoot right to the top of your list, but you might want to put it on there. 
Four Point Five out of Five Stars