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I really hope that kilts are a thing in Thedas. More specifically, I hope that kilts are a thing in Starkhaven. Just imagine:

  • Sebastian Vael wearing a kilt 
  • Sebastian going to some noble function while dressed in traditional Starkhaven attire and running into Hawke
  • Hawke inquiring about whether there’s any credence to the rumors about men from Starkhaven foregoing small clothes beneath their kilts
  • Sebastian blushing and stammering about honoring long-standing traditions
  • SEBASTIAN IN A KILT
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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

  • 6 book series
  • spin-off series called Bloodlines
  • was made into a movie in 2014 titled Vampire Academy (x)
  • there are three graphic novels for the first three books
  • short stories
  1. Story about Lissa’s parents, called Sunshine, from an anthology called Kisses From Hell (n/a)
  2. Rose and Dimitri’s first meeting from Dimitri’s POV (x)
  3. Rose and Dimitri story, called Homecoming, after Last Sacrifice, in an anthology called Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Predicition  (x)

Summary:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires - the ones who never die.

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.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking Academy hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s - inside the Academy’s iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. 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…

My thoughts:  

Don’t let the name Vampire Academy or the scary looking words ward you off lol. Most of the series doesn’t even take place at the academy. The main character Rose is a badass full of sass and humor who just wants to keep her best friend safe from those that would hurt her. The first book doesn’t have much action and is the one that is mainly centered around high school life and drama at the academy. You have to at least make it to the end of book two before you can really make full judgments on the series as a whole cause that’s when things are taken to a whole ‘nother level and then it just keeps escalating as you go on. The character development in this series is beautiful, and not just for the main characters, oh no, even the side characters get attention.

Favorite Characters: Rose Hathaway, Adrian Ivashkov, Christian Ozera

Quotes:

“By the way, my name’s Rose Hathaway. I’m seventeen years old, training to protect and kill vampires, in love with a completely unsuitable guy, and have a best friend whose weird magic could drive her crazy.

Hey, no one said high school was easy.”

“Even I make mistakes.” I put on my brash, overconfident face. “I know it’s hard to believe—kind of surprises me myself—but I guess it has to happen. It’s probably some kind of karmic way to balance out the universe. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be fair to have one person so full of awesomeness.”

“You’re beautiful in battle,” said Dimitri. His cold voice carried to me clearly, even above the roar of combat. “Like an avenging angel come to deliver the justice of heaven.”
“Funny,” I said, shifting my hold on the stake. “That is kind of why I’m here.”
“Angels fall, Rose.”

“Ah, my daughter,ʺ he said. ʺEighteen, and already youʹve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians will ever see.ʺ He paused. ʺI couldnʹt be prouder." 

"He has no right to threaten my boyfriends. I’m eighteen. An adult. I don’t need his help. I can threaten my boyfriends myself.”

“A gun. I had been brought down by a gun. It was practically comical. Cheaters, I thought.”

Edits: (x) (x) (x) (x)

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