Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #0.2
Read: January 11 – 16, 2017
My Book Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher: Penguin Razorbill
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 483 (332 pages of VA + 151 pages bonus stories!)
Reading Challenge(s): 2017 YA Reading Challenge, Beat The Backlist 2017
ABOUT THE BOOK
Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:
The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…
From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…
The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…
Hello My Name Is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt…
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden 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—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Those who know me can attest to the fact that Richelle Mead is my favorite author. Her characters are amazing and I never want to let them go.
Fortunately for me, with 2017 bringing the 10th anniversary of the original Vampire Academy novels release, Penguin Razorbill put out a 10th anniversary edition.
Who cares that I already have the original paperback (personally autographed last spring!) AND the ebook edition. The cover of this edition is absolutely epically beautiful. I couldn’t pass it up. And as if that weren’t enough for me to throw my money at them, they went and threw in a bunch of bonus stories for us diehard fans to more fully immerse ourselves in the VA universe.
And immerse myself I did.
I didn’t re-read the original story because I’ve read it so many times already, but I did read all of the short stories and they ended far too soon!
THE TURN AND THE FLAME
This story features Christian’s aunt Tatiana, just before and shortly after her brother and his wife—Christian’s parents— willingly choose to become Strigoi, the dark and evil undead vampires.
Tatiana is a controversial character in the VA universe due to her relationship with Dimitri and…arm…some poor life choices she makes later in the series. I’ve always found her fascinating so I loved getting this peek into how she went from a young girl questioning her place in society to a strong woman fighting for the rights of the Dahmpires and Moroi.
Tatiana leaned closer. “You’re only here to look pretty, dear. Not to give your opinions. See that you remember that.”
There were a million possible responses to that, but there was only one that Tasha was allowed to make: “Th-thank you, your Majesty.”
FROM THE JOURNAL OF VASILISA DRAGOMIR
Throughout the VA series we don’t get to see much from Lissa’s POV, so this was a really interesting look not only at the life she and Rose had while on the run (see quote below), but also of her descent into the madness Spirit causes. Loved this.
It turns out you can’t put aluminum foil in the microwave. We have to go shopping again to buy a new one for the house.
This story is SUPER short, but it gives us a small glimpse into Dimitri’s head when he first meets Rose. A must read for Romitri shippers!
But there was a look in her eyes now that said this was no joke, that she would die a thousand times over before she let anyone harm the princess at her back. She reminded me of a cornered wildcat, sleek and beautiful—but fully capable of clawing your face off if provoked.
HELLO, MY NAME IS ROSE HATHAWAY
Hands down my favorite bonus story. Rose takes on the task of winning a covert scavenger hunt on campus. Full of Rose’s loyalty to Lissa, chemistry with Dimitri (Swoon! I don’t even ship them all that hard!), and hilarious antics. With Rose, if it can go wrong, it probably will.
Mason regarded me with awe and affection—and also concern. “Rose, I love it when you’re crazy, but this might even be beyond you.”
I stood up, turned around, and found myself looking right at Dimitri.
And not just any Dimitri. Dimitri dressed as a cowboy.
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