Vampire Academy

Common Sense Media says

Sexy, mean-girl vampire story has strong language, bullying.

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Educational value

A bit about Russian folkore and Catholic and Greek Orthodox religions.

Positive messages

Messasges about the importance of friendship and how strong bonds can be, forgiving people when they've done wrong, finding the strength in yourself to admit when you're wrong, sticking up for others, and not bullying people or calling them names.

Positive role models

Most of the characters in the novel are bitter and egoistical. Though Rose Hathaway's a good friend and will do anything to protect her friend, Lissa, she's extremely nasty to her peers and the adults around her. She's vain, complains constantly, uses her looks and body to get what she wants from the boys at school, and talks back to everyone. For instance she says, "I liked flirting, I liked groups, and I liked making smartass comments in class." Not very positive. Lissa is having a hard time adjusting to her life as a princess and a vampire with magical powers, not to mention high school at St. Vladimir's Academy. She's often a depressing and lonely character. The one thing that's somewhat positive about Rose is that she's a fighter and trains to protect Lissa from the evil characters.

Violence

Neck biting, hand-to-hand combat.

Sex

Flirting, kissing, caressing, sexual situations, and mentions of sex. Rose talks about her breasts and getting naked with boys.

Language

"Ass," "bitch," "f--k," "dumbass," "pissed," "badass," "slut," "whore," "bastard" -- all littered throughout the book. Also verbal abuse and name calling.

Consumerism

BCBG jeans.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rose and Lissa drink alcohol. Blood drunk from humans and other vampires is considered intoxicating like drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Vampire Academy is the first book in a popular series by Richelle Mead, featuring two girls at St. Vladimir's Academy: Lissa, who discovers she's a vampire princess, and Rose, a vampire guardian committed to protecting her. A movie adaptation hits theaters in February 2014. While the trailer for the movie makes it looks like a comedy, the novel's dark and full of Mean Girls-style high school bullying. The characters bicker from beginning to end, especially Rose. And there's violence (neck biting, hand-to-hand combat), drinking, sex, and lots of strong language, including "a--hole," "dumbass," "badass," "bitch," "f--k," "pissed," "slut," "whore," and "bastard."

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What's the story?

Rose and Lissa are on the run for some mysterious reason. Readers soon find out why when Rose, a dhamphir (guardian to the Moroi vampires) and Lissa, a Moroi vampire princess, must return to St. Vladimir's Academy. At school they discover more mysterious and secrets within St. Vladimir's walls. Rose and Lissa encounter something else at the academy, too: forbidden romance.

Is it any good?

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VAMPIRE ACADEMY imagines a different kind of vampire, but the story is pretty much Mean Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Rose thinks she has a sarcastic wit but it comes off more nasty than funny. She's extremely vain about her looks and thinks about boys 24/7. Her only redeeming quality is that she truly cares for her best friend, Lissa, and wants to protect her at any cost. Yet, her "I'm better than you" attitude's hard to get past. Granted Rose has some kick-butt fighting skills, but there are plenty of terrific heroines in other YA books. Vampire Academy seems more about high school life with vampires and a mystery thrown in the mix -- not much to sink your teeth into.

Families can talk about...

  • Do you plan to see the movie version of Vampire Academy? Why do you think the filmmakers chose to give it a more comedic tone than the novel?   

  • Did you figure out the mystery of the novel -- why Rose and Lissa ran away from St. Vladimir's? What makes a good mystery? 

  • What are your thoughts on Rose's sarcastic attitude toward everyone?

Book details

Author:Richelle Mead
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Sports and martial arts, Arts and dance, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Razorbill
Publication date:August 16, 2007
Number of pages:336
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17
Available on:Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Paperback

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAries March 5, 2014
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15
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Vampire academy

This book series is great! It explains the drama of high-school and how to get through it with a fun vampire twist. I found that there wasn't many good role models in this book, considering the fact that to protagonist ran away and drinks to much. But it shows the true nature of friendship and if it's true what it can do, and how important it is and vital to everyone everywhere.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bymcashd55 February 18, 2014
AGE
13
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Vampire Academy: School For All

This book was absolutely great. I truly enjoyed it. It was different than I had thought it was going to be. I cannot wait to see the movie. A fantastic book. A must read for all vampire crazy teens. This book does have some mature topics like someone using a knife to cut themselves with free will. There is some positive message in this book like friends wanting to protect each other and their loyalty to one another. Other than the few mature topics this book has, it is fine and teens will truly love this very unique vampire book.

Theme: One should be willing to sacrifice for the person one loves.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bylaura926 February 12, 2014
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13
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Loved this series!

After reading Twilight, and being fairly disappointed, I read this Vampire series. It is nothing like the movie and is a great book. Though Rose can be vain occasionally, she is a strong, and confident role model that will do anything for her friends. Her response to teachers and peers can be rude, but is funny. The book have some language, but no consumerism. There is some violence, but not much. If you want a great book about Vampires, I'd read this one!

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