VAMPIRE ACADEMY: A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Author: Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, Emma Vieceli
Source: Personal Purchase
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; Original edition (August 23, 2011)
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.
I picked up this graphic novel for two reasons. One, I wanted to expand my reading experience and step out of the box into a new genre. My daughter is always gushing about graphic novels, so I finally caved on one. Two, I wanted to refresh my memory a bit about the series, since I have only read the first book in the Vampire Academy series. I figured this book would bring me up to speed so I can finish it and know where things left off. What I didn’t expect was how much I would enjoy it!
Now my daughter thought it was too comic book themed, but I actually liked the colored drawings and the way the characters came alive on the page. I finally had images to put to the faces of the characters from Vampire Academy. I also got my refresher course that I was looking for! As soon as I was about 1/3 of the way through the novel, I started to remember everything from the actual book. It seemed to stay on track with the original and packed it up nicely in a shorter version.
While, I might never join on the band wagon of reading graphic novels obsessively, I would read ones in this series again! If you are a fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, then the graphic novel needs to be read by you as well!