Friday, March 30, 2012

The ABCs of Vampire Academy

Awhile back, I did a post on the ABCs of the Morganville Vampires, a series I hold near and dear to my heart. It's very rare nowadays for me to stick with a series past the first book or two. When I read an ENTIRE series, that is really saying something about where my heart belongs. This post will probably only apply to like, five of you. No matter. I still want to give you 26 alphabetical reasons why you should invite this series over for dinner and maybe even give it a key to your house so it can surprise you with flowers and hot oil massages when you get home from work.


A - Angst (and/or Adrian Ivashkov)
I'm going to go ahead and get this out of the way early: there's a love triangle. But fear not. It's not at all a bad one. In fact, it's quite delightful. But also angst. I tell you no lies, not many series have practically choked the life out of my tear ducts like Vampire Academy.
(Oh, and Adrian? He's sarcastic, wry, and generally wily and I like to picture him as Hayden Christensen.)

B - Bad, Bad Vamps
In order for there to be good, there must be evil. And the bad vamps (better known as Strigoi) are hardcore. No shame in their game, just ripping out tracheas as they see fit.

C - Character Development
THE BEST OF THE BEST, PEOPLE. Growth occurs, people change.

D - Dimitri Motherf**king Belikov
I don't know why, but this trench coat wearing, Strigoi-slaying, western novel reading, 6'7" Russian LEGAL love interest (he's 24! YAY for those of us that feel all dirty about our YA obsession!) is bad ass enough that I'll bet money that "motherf**king" is his actual middle name. (Can you confirm this, Richelle?)
PS. He will make you feel ALL the emotions.

E - EEEEEEK! Sacrifices!
We all know that happy endings don't come without big time sacrifices, at least in those GOOD stories. Because the ending wouldn't be worth it if you didn't have to face down Satan himself (well, pretty much) to earn it. No lack of metaphorical Lucifer encounters here. Plus, the final book is called LAST SACRIFICE, so you know it's going down.

F - Friendship. The GOOD Kind.
You know, the one where there isn't back-stabbing and boyfriend stealing. Rose, our protag, and BFF vampy princess, Lissa, make me want to throw together some stringy, badly colored friendship bracelets and buy those broken heart necklaces that go together. They're THAT amazing.

G - Good God, WHY?
Richelle Mead is mean. She likes to bully your heart. And she will. You just wait.

H - History
No half-assed backstory here. These are detailed, well thought out character histories and mysteries.

I - I Can't Believe You Haven't Read This Series Yet
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

J - Jugular
No one's is safe. Guard yo neck.

K - Kissing
Okay, let's stop acting like this isn't one of the most important parts. It IS. And Richelle delivers. But you will be waiting a little bit for it. No cheap, unmeaningful romance without foundation, here. This is quality spit-swapping. (Is that gross? TOO BAD.)

L -Like a Boss
I don't know if you guys do this, but I try and immediately cast actors in my head to play book characters. Ben Barnes is a favorite for Dimitri, but he's a bit too prim & proper for me. Nay, Dimitri is a man's man, and who better to play him than SUPER Man? Plus, he can do stoic, pensive, quietly ominous, and deadly. That's hot. Plus, he can pull of the shoulder-length hair like a boss.

M - Mind Games
Theorizing "what will happen next?" is pointless, because you'll probably be wrong. These books are so twisty and engrossing that your innards will be in a constant state of upheaval. Just when you think "no way, Richelle would never do that to me," SHE DOES.

N - No Waiting
Guys, when I read these, it was 6+ months in between each book. THE TORTURE. Good news, though: those of you who haven't read them yet? You can have all the joy and pain at the ready.

O - "Oh Crap, I Already Read ALL THE BOOKS?"
Beginning with Blood Promise, these books are rather considerable in size. But don't let that worry you. You will blast through these things like your life depends on it, because there's no possible way that you can survive without knowing what happens next. Honestly, I don't know how I did.

P - Perfect Reviews
Like this stick figure review, by my good friend Anna.

Q - Quake
Your undergarments may.

R - "Roza."
When you see it, you'll need the smelling salts and your emergency contact person.

S - Spinoff
Sure, you'll fly through the books. But WAIT, THERE'S MORE. There's a spinoff that is equally awesome. Only the first book, Bloodlines, is out now, but Richelle has established that she hasn't lost her mojo with probably the most evil cliffhanger since the end of Shadow Kiss. This is not from Rose's POV, but from a character that you will know and love.
By the way, SQUEE time. Because Richelle quoted my review of Bloodlines on her site. I died a little bit.

T - The Bridge Scene
The most heartbreaking moment in all of Vampire Academy history.

U - Uh, the Movie, Please?
According to the wise Wikipedia, we just may get a movie out of this. Unfortunately, the last update I could find was in July 2010, but I still hold onto my hopes that I will get to see Henry Cavill some awesome actor portraying Dimitri end some lives in all his glory.

V - Vampire Boarding School
Most importantly, BOARDING SCHOOL. And don't let the "vampire" bit throw you off. Vampires may be "out," but this shiz is so fresh that it redefines what you think you know. There are no vegetarians here. And did I mention special powers?

W - Wicked Tattoos
For every Strigoi you kill, you get a molnija mark. I'm surprised you can still see Rose's skin. And this fanbase is so amazing that people have actually went out and tatted their very own molnija marks. Though I'm convinced they need to earn them. Time for Strigoi hunting.

X - Xyphoid Process
I can imagine several of these may have been shattered with all of the fighting and well-written Rose vs. Nameless Strigoi scenes. This chick is tough. It's like I could see the fight scenes play out like a movie in my head, with the way Richelle writes. She keeps it exciting.

Y - YAY, Sarcasm!
There's nothing more slow clap-worthy than when a wenchy character gets verbally burned. Bonus points because Rose's retort pistol is constantly locked and loaded for maximum effect. KA-BLAM.

Z - Zeal
Yes, I have ZEAL in telling you that if you haven't read this series (so basically, what, five people?) you are sorely missing out, my friend. Don't make me spend money to skywrite it over your house. I've got a great job, but I typed up this post for free and I'd really not like to resort to money and/or anonymous threats to make you read it. This is for YOUR BENEFIT.


So what did I miss? Is there some quality of the Vampire Academy series that you loved? Pick a letter, any letter, and tell me about it. Try and keep it spoiler-free, for those who haven't read it yet <3


  1. This is awesome!!! Agree, kissing is the best part. Besides Adrian!!!

  2. I've been meaning to read this series forever and just hadn't gotten around to it...thanks for the reminder to put it on my list! Great post, I love these ABCs lists. :D

    1. Thank you! I love making them :) Please do yourself and the part of you that loves brain candy and read them ASAP!

  3. I love this. I love Richelle. I love you. AND WE ARE GOING TO GET TO SEE HER IN TWO WEEKS!

  4. I may have spit out my coffee while reading about Dimitri's middle name. This is great, Jen!

    <3 Jen

    1. HAHAHA, that's my goal <3 though I'm so sorry for the waste of coffee.

      And come on, you KNOW that has to be his middle name.

  5. OMG i LOVE your post !!!!! THANK YOU :D I'm such a huge fan of the VA series. I love it so so much I can't get enough of these books. And I agree Bloodlines is as equally awesome I'm dying for TGL the wait is killing me lol. And Henry Cavill haaaaaaaa he's my perfect Dimitri too !!!!!!!(sorry for the "fangirling" moment here ;D)

    1. Never apologize for fangirling, Allie. That's the whole purpose of this series. To send ladies like us into cardiac arrest with love and adoration.

  6. One of my favorite books. Can't even explain how much I love these books! I also made a few friends of mine addicted.
    Great post, loved every bit of it(:

    1. Thanks, Rose. Have I mentioned that I'm jealous that your name is Rose so it must be much easier for your to envision yourself as the main character in VA? SO LUCKY.

    2. LOL not actually my name but a translation of the real one to English. I adopted the nickname long before I've read VA so I knew I needed to read the series!

  7. I put off reading the series until a couple weeks ago, fearing it was too cliche and built entirely on drama. Finally I gave in and blasted through the series in like three days. WOW, seriously amazing books.

    1. I'm so glad you did! They are the best kind of brain vacation.

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    1. Thank you, Isalys!! <3 I seriously want to read these books again. EVERYONE needs to.

  9. OMFG...I now have 26 reasons why I *LOVE* this post!! Seriously, this is EPIC and it reminded me of why I love Vampire Academy like whoa!

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

  10. Dimitri Motherf**king Belikov?? *SWOON* I adore him. ADORE. My favorite "Book Boyfriend" EVER!! And I'm pretty sure that is his middle name ;) 3

    Ahh; the Bridge. I actually cried.

    Thanks so much for reminding me all the reasons why I love this series so much :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  11. I LOVE this post. Seriously. VA is one of my very favorite series of all time. When it ended, I felt like someone kicked my already dead puppy.

    Which is why I adore your #S so so very much.

    MandiKaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

  12. (spoiler alert)
    Adrian, Adrian, Adrian.... LOVE HIM, though I'm sorry to say I don't like Rose that much. believe me, I wanted to like her, but...she..aaahhhhh. I quote: ( "I loved you!" he yelled. He jumped up out of his chair so quickly I never saw it coming. "I loved you, and you destroyed me. You took my heart and ripped it up) ahhhhhh! Great Post :)

  13. *sigh* now I want to go re-read the series again. And goodness that bridge scene.

  14. Haha I love these ABC's of your's Jen, definitely keep them up because they are not just interesting but full on captivating :D <3

  15. I've been having VA withdrawals lately, but your post has helped fill that hole until I can find time to reread the series. So thank you :)
    Adore Dimitri...a lot <3 I would love to see him on the big screen. Hopefully one day.

  16. Mark my words Jen - I will read the first VA book this year. It will happen. In large part to you.

  17. I legit could scream while reading all of these with my love for VA.







  18. Ohh, this makes me want to re-read this series (ADRIANNN!). Great post! ♥

  19. Lol, this is SUCH an awesome post. I've already read the VA series (like you I read it with a 6 month wait in between all the books, OH THE TORTURE) but if I hadn't, your post would have totally convinced me to read it ;)

    The Cait Files

  20. How much do I love this post!?!! Seriously awesome Jen.

  21. Amazing post! Hilarious! I'm completely in love with Adrian ivashkov!

  22. I love this post. Dimitri was my favorite part of the book, though I have a strange weakness for Russian men.

  23. The problem with most Young Adult books is that talk down to the reader and treat them like a kid.

  24. This is a terrific post. Very creative and witty. I love it and the VA series (and Bloodlines as well). I've been counting down to the new Bloodlines book - almost here!