Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: 2007
Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up
Plot: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, which makes her half human and half vampire, and is sworn to protect her best friend Lissa who is a mortal vampire also know as a Moroi. Rose and Lissa have a magical bond where Rose is able to feel every emotion that Lissa feels. After running away from St. Vladamir’s Academy for two years, they’re finally caught and dragged back to the school grounds. The school is organized to educate people like Rose and Lissa on subjects such as the usual courses that human teens learn but also the fundamentals about Morois and Dhampirs. As Rose and Lissa continue to reintegrate to the academy life, new obstacles come their way and Rose must protect Lissa from incredible dangers from the bloodthirsty immortal vampires called the Strigoi.
Critical Evaluation: The influence from Romanian folklore is evident among this novel. Terms such as Moroi, Dhampirs, and Strigoi are originated from Romania’s known mythology. For those who are not familiar with Romanian pronunciations, this can be slightly difficult for the readers, especially those who pay close attention to detail.
One particular element that stood out in this book is the mentioning of addiction from a vampire’s bite and fueling that craving. Rose describes the effects of the bite that creates a euphoric like state to the victim. In order to feed the Moroi students at the academy, drug addicted humans willingly volunteer their bodies in order fuel their addiction.
Reader’s Annotation: There are bloodthirsty immortal vampires are on the hunt for Rose’s best friend, Lissa, and the iron gates of St. Vladimir’s Academy are not strong enough to protect them. Will Rose be able to protect her?
Author: Retrieved from Richelle Mead’s “About Richelle” page on her official website –
“Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When not writing,, she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. Lots of dresses. She is a self-professed coffee addict, fights a constant (and losing) battle with procrastination, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.”
Curriculum Ties: N/A
Booktalking Ideas: N/A
- Sexual content
- Religious viewpoints
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Why This Book? I thought that the influence of Romanian folklore was different and very interesting to learn about. This made the book more unique and stand out compared to other young adult vampire novels.