I picked up the first book after being told that I might get to interview some people involved with the movie for Drunken Zombie, a blog/podcast that my husband is a part of. None of the manly men of Drunken Zombie wanted to read Vampire Academy, and I don't suppose I can blame them. I didn't want to read it either.
But I kind of did. I had been eyeing it for a while. It looked intriguing, but I had been burned so many times by such horrid crap. There is so much god awful garbage in YA literature and I say this liking the publishing genre.
But I read the first book and I liked it, so I put a ring on it because I'm now reading the second book and will soon be onto the third. And I can only kind of tell you why.
Rose is a pretty cool character but Lissa makes me want to punch her. She's just such a victim all the time. But Rose? I like Rose. She's half human and half vampire and would just as soon punch you in the neck as talk to you. I guess I like that quality in a character. The world building is also pretty solid. I guess the first thing that will make me dislike a book is inconsistencies in world building. I can't read a book that doesn't make sense.
The series has its flaws for sure. There's a lot of brooding and making out and slut shaming and angst. But it all works. It all feels real. None of it is over dramatic.
I guess that's the bottom line - making sense. But I'm also sad that comprehension is all it takes to make me happy anymore.
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