I had never been a fan of book series. That’s how undescribably afraid I am of comittment. All my friends are watching TV series and shows or anime and I can’t wrap my head around doing so, because it would demand devotion and time and… I am already starting to feel caged. However, everyone has their soft spot, and I found mine 6 months ago, after rereading the only series I had ever read: Vampire Academy! Since last November I have searched and discovered so many hidden aspects of this magical world, and knowing how many fans this series has, I wanted to collect all my finds here! So, fasten your seatbelts and read below to find everything you need to know about VA!
It isn’t your typical Twilight story
Of course it has biting and blood, but it is only a small part of this creative plot that I am fangirling about for the last half year. It has element magic, fights, suspense, plot twists, evil creatures and the best characters ♥ Dimitri is a Russian godlike guardian that you will fall for, Rose is the funniest badass heroine, and everyone you’ll read about has a full, multi-dimensional character you will love. And there is more to it, than just the VA books, as you’ll soon see below
What does it include?
As I said, If you decide to read the series and fangirl with me, there is so much for you to read to get full advantage of what the author, Richelle Mead has to offer you! Below I’ll list all the books you can read to enjoy the main story and the extras:
Books 1-6: The Vampire Academy Series:
The main story. I have read these books so many times I have lost count! Read the blurb and have a look at the books below!
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. 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 her one of them. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever.
Books 7-12: The Bloodlines Series:
The spin-off series that’s based on Vampire Academy. If you have already read VA and you hesitate to read Bloodlines, you are doing a huge mistake. I was afraid that the spin-off series wouldn’t be as good, so it took me a couple of years to try it. I ended up loving Bloodlines even more than VA. Here we see the adventures of Sydney, Adrian, Eddie, Jill, Angeline, and get lots of the other characters of VA too! And yes, there is a great part of the books where we see Dimitri too!
Books 13-15: The extra stories:
I never imagined I could find extra stories written by Richelle Mead herself that give us extra insight into the VA world!
Homecoming: Rose and Dimitri’s visit to Russia
Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition
Four stories that shed new light on the world:
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.
|Kisses from Hell
|In this anthology you can find “Sunshine”, a short story about how Lisa’s parents met.
Books 16-18: The Graphic Novels:
I haven’t read these yet, but I promise I will do it soon! I’ve seen some of the panels online though and they are too good!
Book 19: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide
There you’ll find everything a fan needs to have in one place: Book summaries, character profiles, best quotes, but also stuff like the history of St. Vladimir’s Academy and the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa’s spirit bond.
Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide
Book 20: Adrian’s Lost Chapter
While this is just a chapter and not a whole book, I really loved reading this alternative point of view through Adrian’s eyes for the first book in the Bloodlines series! Richelle Mead had uploaded it at her page, and now you can read it for free with Scribd’s 2 months free trial offer (instead of just one)
21. The fanfiction
Some months ago I didn’t even know fanfiction was a thing and now I read so much of it! Some of my favourites are the following:
Dimitri’s Point of View in Vampire Academy
Dimitri’s Point of View in Frostbite
22. The Vampire Academy Movie
I won’t lie, I’ve been postponing it for years because I was afraid it’ll be too Twilight-like for my tastes, but I couldn’t resist it anymore and tried it! I must admit I enjoyed it, because I was what I have been obsessing about turning into flesh and bones- but I didn’t enjoy it in the typical way. For me, it felt as a funny parody of the books, because I must adit it lacks professionalism and the effects are failing miserably. I didn’t like many of the actor choices too, but I must say I really liked Christian! To make my point clear: Watch it, and expect a fuuny cringe rather that the best movie ever.
You can read about it at IMDB
23. The fanart
Okay, there are so many talented people out there! It’s crazy! And of course the first thing I do the moment I finish reading a good book, is do a google search for its fanart! As Vampire Academy is a popular series, one can find gems on the web!
The most fanart can be found at this amazing page at tumblr , and is created by a very talented artist! For example, look at this!
But of course there are so many other art pieces out there!
To find even more awesome Vampire Academy and Bloodlines fanart, you can check my fanart collection at Pinterest! I update it all the time!
24. The merchandise
Well, I am a poor elf, what can I do? I want them all but wanting isn’t enough! Just look at all the amazing stuff I have discovered!
I mean look at this Dimitri merman by undertheseacrochet! He comes with his silver stake and his molnija marks! I requested him as a custom order and you can do it to!
Mugs are a popular choice of merchandise! The second one is featuring Lissa!
One can’t simply own too many bookish candles!
And I’d love to get this Bloodlines T-shirt!
Or this Bloodlines Bookmark!
So that’s everything I have discovered about this capturing world of magic by Richelle Mead! Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments! Which of the above mentioned books have you tried? ♥
And if you read this far… Yesterday was my birthday! 😀
♥ Kisses! ♥