I Have a Confession

November 15, 2013 General 22

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! 

Vampire AcademyWhere 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.

FrostbiteBut, 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.

Shadow KissI 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!


22 Responses to “I Have a Confession”

  1. Readsalot81

    I did really like the Vampire Academy series, though I think part of my fondness for it could be for the fact that I just finished Twilight and DID NOT UNDERSTAND the love and OTT craziness for it. I thought Mead’s books were better written, and didn’t have characters that resembled Bella or Edward all that much.

    I will say I like her Bloodlines books more so than I do the VA series b/c it follows Sydney and Adrian throughout those books, and Rose & crew hardly show up at all.

    I don’t get the Cecy Robson books. I’ve read the first two and disliked them immensely. Neither the lead character nor her two love interests do anything for me. Her writing style isn’t bad, but it seems to cram a lot in within a short period of time. Makes it hard to follow if you’re *cough* skimming.

    • shewolfreads

      Maybe I should just try reading Bloodlines. I mean, I have it on my shelf. Maybe I’ll like that series more than VA and, honestly, it was the book I wanted to start before deciding to go all in on VA.

      It’s funny you mention Robson’s books because that’s a series I really enjoy. I love the premise and the relationships between the sisters. I think some of the action can be too much but overall, they’re just fun. But I do understand your take on them. I just love how every reader can see the same book so differently!

  2. Caroline Waddell

    I also love the Vampire Academy books. And I love Bloodlines even more. The Vampire Academy books do take a while to really take off and there are some issues with the world, but for some reason I was able to overlook these things. The books sucked me in. I don’t know.

    As far as books I don’t get, Fifty Shades of Gray. What the hell?!? I finally tried reading it a couple months ago because of the ridiculous hype and the upcoming movie, but I made it maybe 40 pages and couldn’t deal with how terribly it’s written. I’m pretty sure I wrote better as a high school freshman. I just can’t get over how much I hated Fifty Shades and I don’t get the hype!!! Ok, that felt good to get out.
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    • shewolfreads

      50 Shades! A book I own but have yet to read! It was so hyped that I totally lost interest in reading it. Maybe one day…LOL!

    • shewolfreads

      Felicia, you killed me with this one. I’ll have you know that I designated Gone Girl as my holiday book (I know, odd choice). It’s on my bedside table and I had been planning to read it over Thanksgiving. Now, you’ve made me rethink it!
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  3. Fishgirl182

    I totally love VA. I don’t remember why I fell in love with it except that I was drawn in right away. Frostbite was my least favorite of the series and Adrian totally annoyed me at the time. Of course now I love him.

    I didn’t find rose and Dimitris relationship weird though I can see how you might. I don’t know, after awhile you just get super invested in the characters. And bloodlines is awesome.

    That said , if you are up to book 3 and not loving it , I don’t know if you should continue. You’re right that life is too short to read books you don’t like.

    I don’t get the series blue bloods. I read the first book and could not stand any of the characters. Also don’t really get Divergent. I liked the first book but the second was all over the place. Just got Allegiant from the library though. I want to see how it ends.
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    • shewolfreads

      After these comments, I’m considering picking up Bloodlines just to see…will let you know!

      Rose and Dimitri…he’s her teacher! I couldn’t get past that. I was interested in knowing how it turns out but I kinda didn’t want to at the same time.

      And Blue Bloods…I read Witches of East End by the same author and didn’t like it so I decided not to dive into the Blue Bloods world. I have Divergent…ahhhh!!! Should I bother?
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      • Caroline Waddell

        I personally really loved the first two Divergent books, but I just finished the last one yesterday and I am so pissed off about it. I usually try to be open to endings of series’ I love, trusting the author to finish the series as they see fit. But Allegiant, ugghhhh, ok. I’m not saying anything else or I might inadvertently spoil it. Bottom line: not pleased.
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      • Caroline Waddell

        I forgot to also include that the Bloodlines books are awesome! I’m obsessed with Adrian Ivashkov!! I’m a little nervous about the next one coming out next week. It’s dual POV and I’m hoping his POV won’t make me like him less. But yeah I think you should be fine reading Bloodlines if you don’t plan to read VA as far as plot goes. Richelle Mead is pretty good about including everything you need to know.
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    • shewolfreads

      I know…I’m a fraud! A poser!

      Bitten…I have read it. And now, here is another confession…I liked it. But I didn’t love it. It was good but not one of my favs. That’s another series I’ve been debating reading more of simply because so many people swear by it.

    • shewolfreads

      The movie trailer has a b-movie, camp feel to it that I didn’t get from the book itself. Curious to see how the fans will like the adaptation.

  4. melliane

    LOL, I think it wasn’t the same for me. Because when I started VA 1 I was sure I was going to dislike it and finally it wasn’t that bad, but I still haven’t read the others yet.
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  5. Van

    Aw bummer you didn’t like it! This is one of my favorite YA series, but I do see how Rose can be annoying. I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of VA, and Zoey playing Rose in the movie is just as snarky…or more so than the books.

    I have the bloodlines series on my bookshelf but have yet to read them. Too many good books out that I don’t find myself interested in starting it but I have read reviews about how great it is…even better than VA series.

  6. Fangs for the Fantasy

    You are not alone! I hated this series. There’s far too much highschool drama that just doesn’t go anywhere or is never relevant and not enough actual meaty plot. I don’t like Rose, I find her foolish, with very poor and even bemusing decision making. I find the relationship between her and Dimitri rather creepy. I find the rest of the cast isn’t much better at the whole making ridiculous decisions thing: then we have stories which basically revolve around them trying to fix the mess they’ve made or get them out of the situation their own foolishness caused.

    It’s a sad use of a very good world setting

    However, Bloodlines is a significant improvement