Book Review: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel

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-colour 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. (From Goodreads)

What I thought
Being a big fan of the Vampire Academy series, I couldn’t wait to see the graphic novel version of the first book. I don’t usually read graphic novels but for a series I loved so much, I was willing to make an exception.

Obviously, as the graphic novel was overseen by Richelle Mead, the author of Vampire Academy, it does stay close to the original book, fitting in as much as possible without leaving out anything important. The graphic novel is only 144 pages long so it doesn’t go into as much detail as the novel did and this was something that I really missed. Although you know what is happening in the story, you don’t get to find out what is happening behind the scenes and especially, in main character Rose’s head. This being missing made me really glad I had read the normal series first.

The illustrations were very impressive. As I said, I don’t normally read graphic novels so don’t have much to compare the illustrations to. Most of the pictures of the characters were spot on apart from one which I wasn’t too impressed with but I can let that go. I think I just had a different picture in my own head of this specific character but I think many other people will be really pleased. The action scenes were what was most impressive for me and I think it really helped me to picture what Richelle Mead was thinking when she wrote the book.

There were a couple of scenes that I was definitely looking forward to seeing and these didn’t disappoint me at all! One in particular could have been done really badly but it wasn’t. The taste of this scene was great and without going over the top, it caught the passion and feeling that I got from reading it the first time around. Even though there isn’t as much detail in the graphic novel, the illustrations of certain scenes made them really come to life!

If I hadn’t already read the series, I would have been quite disappointed reading this but that is only because it wouldn’t have gone into enough detail for my liking. The graphic novel is a great addition to anyone’s Vampire Academy collection though!

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