Mini Reviews: Vampire Academy Graphic Novels (#1-3) by Richelle Mead

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VAMPIRE ACADEMY | FROSTBITE | SHADOW KISS

Author: Richelle Mead
Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
Adapter: Leigh Dragoon

Genres: Graphic Novels, Vampires, Young Adult
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Check out on GOODREADS

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.

review

~ 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.

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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.
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  1. says

    I love the series but I didn’t know it was available in a graphic novel format. And I call myself a fan? Sheesh!
    Thanks for reviewing this, I definitely need to add this on my shopping list next time I’m allowed to shop for books. *Oh and can you share Christian Ozera with me? Haha*
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  2. says

    It sounds like they try to put a lot of story in just one graphic novel. Not sure whether I will ever pick these up, I loved the books, but I sometimes dislike seeing actual art of the characters as they can look so different then in my head.
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  3. says

    Too bad that the third one was a bit rushed as I agree with you that one was the best and for me the most emotional in the series. I’m quite surprised that you felt so much after reading the second one with this being a graphic novel and everything I’m so happy to hear that. I will have to get these. Great reviews, Aimee :)
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  4. says

    For some reason the first image won’t load for me and I can’t see what made you laugh your ass off – BOOO! But graphic novels is something I have always wanted to try out. I loved this series so maybe this would be a good one to dive into. It sounds like something you can just read without much mind power you know. I need that somtimes >.<
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  5. says

    I’d love to start reading more graphic novels, I’ve only read one so far and enjoyed it far more than I thought I’d would. I’ve only read the original VA novel and although the illustrations are incredible (manly looking chicks and all), I don’t know if I could get into them. What other YA graphic novel adaptations are out there? I was even considering Twilight or the Walking Dead series. Great review poppet <3 would love a few recommendations :)
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  6. says

    Hey Aimee, long time no see. :)

    What a coincedence you reviewing those since I’m currently watching the movie. :P I was very interested in these ones so thank you for the reviews. Hmm, I actually wanted to buy them but now I’m not really sure. Though I like graphic novels so maybe. :) And I read book 1 and two in the VA series and liked them. Lovely reviews!
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  7. says

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Vampire Diaries series (not the movies though…LOL), but yet I haven’t read them yet. I’m not a huge fan of graphic novels, so I think I’ll skip this and read the actual series instead; but I’m glad you enjoyed them Aimee despite the fact that it took you a while to get used to the art. Thanks for sharing, and FABULOUS review! <3
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  8. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) says

    I’m not the hugest fan of VA but I would be curious in reading the graphic novels except I don’t think I can deal with the art because it just annoys me at how they look. I mean, the artist has talent but that wasn’t exactly how I envisioned the characters–also why I never really read graphic novels in the first place.

    Awesome review, Aimee <33