Ok, so I have a confession to make and I hope it doesn’t lose me some cool points:
I don’t like the Vampire Academy series.
There. I said it. Now, I can breathe freely and not feel like I’m living a lie. Phew!
Where to begin…Let’s start with one day I wanted to read a YA book. I just had a feeling that I wanted to read something YA and cast my net out into my sea of YA TBR and came across Bloodlines, a spinoff of the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I threw out a question on Twitter as to whether I could start with this series or whether it was best to start with Vampire Academy. I was told I might enjoy Bloodlines more if I started with Vampire Academy. Now, there are A LOT of bloggers/readers who I love and trust who love and trust this series. I thought to myself, Yes! This is the one I must read. Expecting to love it, I went to my favorite used bookstore and purchased the entire series for about $8. Deal! Fate! Meant to be! I went home, started to read book one, Vampire Academy, and thought, “Am I reading the same book?” Because Rose is getting on my last nerve, this mutual attraction between her and her instructor, Dimitri, is starting to, well, make me feel uncomfortable, and when is this going to get interesting? Add to that a perplexing amount of typos and I was moving into the disgruntled category. It felt a little too YA for me in terms of the BS high school drama and perhaps that’s to Mead’s credit: I’m actually not her audience. Nonetheless, I just wasn’t feeling this one.
But, I thought to myself, I’ve gotta be missing something because this is a much loved series. So here I go! I picked up book two, Frostbite, and dove into it with the best of intentions. Hmmmm…I didn’t understand one of the central plot lines of this book…we’re under threat so let’s go to a secluded mountain resort for protection? Whatev’s, I’ll go with it. There was some decent action but, honestly, I found myself interestingly uninterested in Rose, annoyed by her relationship with Lissa which felt so subservient, and yes, still a bit uncomfortable with the relationship with Dimitri but begrudgingly interested in how it could turn out. The one bright light for me was the introduction of Christian’s aunt who was voicing a lot of the things that were annoying me about this world. With her character it felt like the proverbial shit was going to be stirred and I perked up a bit. So in the end, I liked Frostbite better…but not by much.
I voiced my confusion on Twitter or Goodreads, can’t remember, and someone assured me that book three, Shadow Kiss, is the best of the lot, the one in which everything comes to a head and Vampire Academy really defines itself and becomes the series everyone loves. So, once again, I picked it up. I read three, maybe five pages and put it down. I saw my life flash before my eyes and thought to myself that time is too precious and I moved on to another book.
So that’s my confession. I’ve done it. My name is She-Wolf and I don’t like Vampire Academy.
Is it me? So many people love this series. For those of you who love it, I’d be interested in knowing what is it that makes you heart it so. Should I soldier on? I’d also love to know what books have made you feel this way. You know, a book that makes you wonder why your lukewarm feelings for it are so at odds with its rave reviews.
Share your own confession!