Publshed: 23rd Aug 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them.
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. But most of all, they must stay alive.
We have alll heard of the Vampire Academy series. And if you haven't have you been living under a rock? It is one of my favourite series because its packed with action romance and yummy males lol. When I first seen it was getting adapted into a graphic novel I was unsure. Not being a big Graphic Novel I wasn't sure if I was only to like it. So when I was given the chance to review the book I thought I would give it ago and Im so glad I did.
Vampire Academy is about two teenager girl who are dragged back to school after running away two years before. Rose is a dhampir, half human - half moroi. She is strong, indepentent and has a hell of a mouth on her that if forever getting her into trouble. Lissa is a Moroi princess, a mortal vampire. She has the looks of an angel and very at times very vulnerable. They have been best friends since they were kids and a tragic accident they both have a very special bond that allows Rose to go into Lissa mind. They are complete opposites of each other and yet they couldnt be more suited as friends.
A lot happens in the Vampire Academy book and I was worried that with only 144 pages the full story wouldn't be in the graphic novel. However, all the major scenes are developed wonderfully and honestly are so much better on paper than they were in my head. The illustrator Emma has managed to create the artwork in the book so perfectly that if you have read the book before you wouldn't even need the text in the book to follow the story. Im pretty sure its manga style (not 100% as I don't really know anything about Graphic novels) and I have read good and bad things about this style but I have to say that i thought this style was perfect for this story and I am now looking into more graphics novels.
The Graphic novel is adapted by Leigh Dragoon, I love that with only a handful of text on each page that full story is there. I have only read a couple of graphic novels but I noticed that there can sometimes be way too much text in it that takes you away from following the artwork for the story. This graphic novel as the perfect balance, there is just enough text that you know exactly what is happening and flows wonderfully with the art work.
My only negative about this is were the book series can be read by maybe teens ages 13+ I feel that due to some of the image contain in the adapted that it should be read by teens ages 15/16+ as some of the scenes are quite graphic but apart from that the best graphic novel I have read!!
If you have read Vampire Academy series this is a must have. It brings the enchanting and dark story to live on paper in full coloured and I can't wait to see if the rest of the series is going to be adapted into Graphic novels because I will be buying them. Even if you haven't read the series this will still be enjoyed by graphic novel fans.
A massive thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy in exchange for a honest review.
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