Review: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead

Posted December 11, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel
by Richelle Mead

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 23, 2011
Series: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #1
Published by Razorbill
Pages: 144
 

 

If you’re a big fan of the VA series, then it is worth checking out. ~ Under the Covers

WHY I READ THIS:

I’m a pretty big Vampire Academy fan so I just had to see how these artists adapted my favorite YA series into a graphic novel.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had to chance to reread this series so this was a nice way to go back and refresh my memory.

THE STORY:

This graphic novel is a perfect rendition of the first book in the series, Vampire Academy. It shows Rose and Lissa coming back to St. Vladimir’s Academy after trying to make it out on their own. I was impressed by the way that the story progressed given the shorter word count and I definitely felt that they got the major moving parts of the story.

THE ART:

The depictions of my favorite characters weren’t how I saw them in my head at all. None of them seemed to really fit the descriptions in the book exactly, so I think that were I was a little disappointed in this book. For me, the one that was most off was Lissa. Her depictions seemed to only focus on the fact that she is the shy and less impulsive of the two female leads, but Lissa also has a strength in her that I don’t think matched her appearance. She seemed too frail to me.

THE BOTTOMLINE??

I liked this adaption! If you’re a big fan of the VA series, then it is worth checking out. I’ve got the second graphic novel already and am excited to revisit Rose’s world once again!

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About Richelle Mead

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: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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Maria D.

I’m not a huge graphic novel fan – so it’ll be a while till I check this out

Aly P
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Aly P

I like graphics, though the art in this one doesn’t look spectacularly… Thanks for the review :*

Would you rec it even for non fans?

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I would. it’s very straight forward, but of course, loyal fans will probably enjoy it more.

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I’ve never read a graphic novel. This one sounds intriguing. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks.

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I’m quite new to graphic novels myself, but they’re a great new avenue that I’m exploring!

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review. I don’t think this is my type of read.

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Thanks Lori!

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Timitra

I haven’t read any Richelle Mead’s work but I’ve heard great things about…haven’t done the graphic novel thing and to be honest I’m not sure I want to!

trish dechant
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trish dechant

I LOVED LOVED this series, and Dimitri was one of those characters that stuck with me for a while….even after finishing the series. I’m also reading the spin-off which is great, but not as great as Rose and Dimitri.
I’m not a fan of graphic novels–they always seem to disappoint me and ruin the “visual” that I already have in my head.

Annette C.
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Annette C.

Not a big fan of novels being turned into, graphic novels so might give this one a miss