Author: Richelle Mead
Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
Adapter: Leigh Dragoon
Genres: Graphic Novels, Vampires, Young Adult
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
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After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.
Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.
~ book one ~
Being a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, I knew I had to get the graphic novel as soon as I found out they even had one. I would finally be able to have a clearer picture of everyone in my head!
The thing is, it took me a while to get used to the art. I loved how the guys were drawn–totally hot. Especially my darling Christian Ozera. The girls looked a tad bit like guys in some scenes, like this one, which made me laugh my ass off:
There was also hardly any development, which I would understand, since this is a graphic novel and we don’t really know how the main characters are feeling at the time. This is why I would not recommend this to people who haven’t read the actual book yet.
If you want to get into the world of Vampire Academy, I would suggest reading the full-length novel first.
~ book two ~
By this time, I was already into the art. I found it easier to enjoy the story once I stopped fussing over how the characters looked kind of odd. There was an additional hot guy this time around. Say hello to Adrian Ivashkov, my friends!
I was definitely more emotional while reading this–hello! That ending. When I read the book, I cried. I didn’t expect to while reading the short graphic novel, but I did. I loved how the second half was very gripping, intriguing and action-packed. Christian and Rose had a lot of chemistry (not in the romantic way!) in this one, and I adored it.
We had appearances from the badass dhampirs, including Rose’s mom, Janine, one of my favorite characters from the books.
~ book three~
I read this one on the day where I had to cram for a Chinese exam, so I tried to speed-read as much as I can, and I think that’s one reason why I wasn’t all that into it. Shadow Kiss was my favorite book in the series, so I was really disappointed when this one didn’t give me any feels.
I did like the art a lot better this time around. The story was a bit too rushed (considering Shadow Kiss is a lot thicker than the first two Vampire Academy books, but the length of the graphic novels are the same), and I found it a bit hard to sympathize with Rose and Lissa towards the end with the Jesse thing. The cabin scene was also quick to go by, sadly.
~ overall ~
You should still check out these graphic novels if you’re into quick, mindless reads that will take you back to St. Vladimir’s. But make sure that you’ve read the books first, or else you’ll be really confused. I’d give this graphic novel series three stars.