Sunday 23 October 2011

Quick Review: Vampire Academy Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead

Lissa Dragomir is a mortal vampire.
She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all - the ones who will never die.

Rose Hathaway is Lissa's best friend - and her bodyguard.

Now, after two years of illicit freedom, they've been dragged back inside the iron gates of St. Vladimir's Academy.  The girls must survive in a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night-time rituals.

But above all, they must never let their guard down, lest the immortal vampires take Lissa - forever.

Vampire Academy Series:
Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy Graphic Novel
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice

Bloodlines Series: (This is a spin off from the Vampire Academy Series)
Adrian's Lost Chapter (Free Short Story can be read here)
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell
The Fiery Heart (Release date to be confirmed)

Visit Richelle Mead's website for more information

I have to admit that I've not read many graphic novels before but I'm such a massive fan of the Vampire Academy series that I had to give this one a try.  I absolutely loved the illustrations in the story, Rose and Dimitri (swoon) are just how I imagined them and I really enjoyed the visual addition to the reading experience.

Obviously you don't get as much detail in a graphic novel as you do in the full book but you do get the feel of the story and most of the important information is covered.  I'd have to say I preferred the full novel just because you get more background details but this makes a great companion read for fans of the series.  If you've not started the series yet you would be able to follow the story but personally I'd recommend reading the novel first.

The graphic novel is a very fast and easy read and one I really enjoyed.  After I'd finished I actually spent time going back through it just to spend more time looking at the illustrations and I'm looking forward to seeing the graphic novel for the next book in the series (Frostbite).

Source: Received for review from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Reading the graphic novel is what got me into reading the actual novels! I really loved it and thought it was a great stepping stone..

  2. @ Clover - I'm so glad this got you started on the series, it's one of my favourite YA series of all time so it's great to see more people reading it :o) I did enjoy this & I love the images but I think I personally prefer a full length novel where you get more detailed descriptions



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