We can all collectively agree that we are beyond excited to see Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri (sigh!) grace the big screen with all the spirit-wielding and Strigoi-slaying action that they can cram into 2 hours. But with no proposed release date, we're left with a long wait ahead of us.
Fear not. I've compiled an awesome list of books with features similar to those of Vampire Academy.
Think: strong females, super powers, steamy romance, LOTS of action and suspense, and more than just one book in the series to sate your thirst. I've linked to the first book in each series for your convenience.
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Doesn't it just make perfect sense to read the spinoff series? If you've been hesitant to leave Rose and Dimitri behind, throw those reservations to the curb. Sydney and Adrian are equally worthy of devoting your time (and heart) to. Come on, guys. Don't wait! Make sure you devour this series as soon as possible. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
If Rose's butt-kicking swag was your cup of tea, look no further than Angelfire's Ellie. She packs more action than most and the fight-scenes are ridiculously well-written. You don't even need to watch it on a screen in order for major reaper-stomping to play out, because Moulton's writing is so fluid that it's like a feature film for your brain!
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Some of us aren't burnt out on vampires just yet, and I'm one of those. This series is a big commitment (13 of 15 books are out in stores!) but the good news is, you'll have your hands full for a long period of time. Glass Houses is the perfect way to numb the pain, and you'll become so invested in Claire's world that you'll forget you're waiting for anything other than the next book.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
More supernatural elements, even more Protagonists with Phenomenal Powers. Lush storytelling makes this fantasy tale easy to slip into and practically impossible to tear yourself away. (This has been optioned for film, too!)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
If the Victorian era is more your style (yet you still can't get enough of quick-witted, strong female leads), you will adore Gemma Doyle. Mystical realms, magic, and a great emphasis on friendship complete with a tragic love story will whisk you away and life's obligations will have to be put on the back burner for the duration of this series.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Think all angel stories are the same? Think again. When I think of angel books, Cynthia Hand's series is numero uno in my heart. You will fly through this series. (Again, with the bad puns. I didn't even realize that one until proofreading.) And once you finish, you'll have to come back and tell me if you're Team Tucker or Team Christian. (This may become a TV show. SCORE.)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The first werewolf book on this list, Nightshade has exceptional lore, engrossing storytelling, and gorgeous covers. I have yet to read past book one in the series (I know, I know) but what I did read of Nightshade was so much fun! And good news: this series is complete and has a spin off.
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Yet another completed series, so no waiting for you! And yet more werewolves. Bryn is strong-willed, stubborn, and a powerful presence in this series. Talk about alpha female.
Are there are books or series that you can think of that were SO AMAZING that you think it'll help pass the time until we see Dimka's western novels and duster on the silver screen? SHARE, please. Because I know I need some more characters like Rose Hathaway in my life.