Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 genies
Genre: YA+, Graphic Novel, Vampires, Magic, Paranormal, Action, Romance
Published: August 23, 2011
Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
Pages: 144
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Goodreads Summary

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.

My Thoughts

So this graphic is pretty much perfect. Pretty much, meaning that I'd change the pace to something much slower since the story is pretty quick. Then again it is a graphic and can't be as long as the novel itself. 200+ pages is decent for any graphic, length-wise, so there aren't many grievances there, I honestly enjoyed it! The characters seemed very true to themselves and were fabulously drawn.

That is except Lissa. I hate how pale she seemed! So what if she's a vampire?! She's supposed to be super-model glamorous and Lissa just wasn't and neither was Christian. They were alright and a far cry from the hotness described in the books, I was kind of disappointed. Also Rose's eyes were tiny! I loved how her figure was drawn - perfect to my imagination - but her eyes were miniscule peas. Shootness! I was appalled. How could the fabulous artists of this ultra-cool graphic capture sumptuous curves and fail at eyes?? Man, it still puzzles me.

Luckily... there was Dimitri!!! WOOT. WOOT. Ladies, if any of you are even mildly as creepy as me when it comes to their fictional crushes and visualizing them and if Dimitri Belikov happens to be near the top of that list? This book is so for you. Wow, he was beautiful...and perfect...and all I imagined him to be.

Haha, so while every book has its weaknesses, it also has its own major plus points. The important thing, is that the positives by far outweigh the negatives. Luckily, this is very much the case! Beware of that steamy half-naked scene, but otherwise this one isn't a V.A. addition to be missed. Get it!

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