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Buddy Read: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead


Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #6
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 588 pages
Source: Library
Published on December 7th 2010 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The astonishing conclusion to the #1 international bestselling series, now in paperback!
Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.
The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .
But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?
Each other.

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Buddy Read: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead


Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #5
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 489 pages
Source: Library
Published on May 1st 2010 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

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Buddy Read: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead


Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #4
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 503 pages
Source: Library
Published on August 1st 2009 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa–the one she has sworn to protect no matter what–and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

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Buddy Read: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead


Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #3
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 443 pages
Source: Library
Published on November 13th 2008 by RAZORBILL (first published January 2nd 2008)
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – 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 the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

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Buddy Read: Frostbite by Richelle Mead


Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Source: Library
Published on November 28th 2013 by RAZORBILL (first published April 1st 2008)
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Synopsis:
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price..
 

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Buddy Read: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Source: Library
Published on November 2013 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
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 all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – 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 the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .
 

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Graphic Novel Review: Shadow Kiss

 


Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead and Illustrated by Emma Vieceli 
Series: Vampire Academy, #3
Genre: Paranormal | Graphic Novels
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on 31st December 2013 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website|Twitter|Goodreads

Emma Vieceli: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Leigh Dragoon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven’t felt quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all …might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world – and make her choose between the two people she loves most.

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Graphic Novel Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

 


Frostbite The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead and Illustrated by Emma Vieceli 
Series: Vampire Academy, #2
Genre:  Paranormal | Graphic Novels
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 156 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on 24th May 2012 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website|Twitter|Goodreads

Emma Vieceli: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Leigh Dragoon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES. WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY. A Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory Holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back at the Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she could have imagined.

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Graphic Novel Review: Vampire Academy

 


Vampire Academy The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead and illustrated by Emma Vieceli 
Series: Vampire Academy, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Graphic Novels
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on 23rd August 2011 by RAZORBILL
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Emma Vieceli: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Leigh Dragoon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.

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