Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Book Giveaway #2: Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead



Wow! I don't know if I can do this one justice, but I'll give it a try, here goes!

In Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, characters Lissa, a Moroi (vampire), and Rose, her Dhampir (half human, half vampire) guardian-to-be are brought back to the Vampire Academy from which they ran away two years before. The social scene which they must once again become a part of is brutal, as allegiances change daily, sometimes faster. Rose has the double pressure of keeping track of Lissa while restricted to her studies and training to catch up in her guardian skills, and as punishment for taking Lissa away from the Academy in the first place. Lissa meanwhile struggles with rare powers that the girls are afraid to admit to, one that is a double edged sword, and the other which is a talent whose use has been forbidden. Add to this all the normal troubles that teens on the verge of adulthood face, and the hidden political agendas of adult Moroi royalty, and you have one rollercoaster of a story! And I thought my high school years were bad! LOL!

Vampire Academy kept me turning pages as quickly as I could, and it was only through extreme willpower that I put it down last night to go to sleep with only 30 pages left to go, it was torture!!! Rose's character really came alive for me, her struggles to take care of Lissa and do the right thing while trying to keep her reckless nature in check. Very fast paced and dark, yet still fun. Billed as a teen book, it's anything but fluffy, the other elements of the story were very good. It wasn't just the competition to be popular for popularity's sake, other issues emerge strongly, such as abuse of power, and choosing right from wrong when the wrong would seem so righteously satisfying.

I enjoyed it immensely and am looking forward to getting my greedy hands on books 2 and 3! *evil cackle*

Here is Richelle Mead's Website to learn more!

And now... you too and can enjoy this book, because I'm holding a giveaway for it, as promised! Once again, it is a Bookcrossing book (I'm happy reader #2 for this copy!), and while you do not have to join bookcrossing if you don't want to, I would appreciate it if the winner would make a quick journal entry to let me know it was received, which you can do anonymously. Think of Bookcrossing as the "Where's George" for books, that site that you can track money with? The actual Bookcrossing site can explain it much better than I, but it's a lot of fun, and if you aren't already a Bookcrosser, I hope you'll check it out! Here is the journal entry for this book so you can see a sample, and the link to the main Bookcrossing site.

Now, on to the giveaway! If you are interested in winning this book, please post a comment here telling me how much you want it, and leaving me a way to contact you for your address! :D The winner will be announced June 1.

17 comments:

  1. Hi Shaunie, Ooo what a very nice giveaway. I heard so many good things about Richelle's books and I would love to own & read this one. Please enter me in this giveaway. I would really love to win this one and read it.

    Thank you for giving us this chance to win this book. I really really really *g* want to be entered for this book giveaway :-)

    readingissomuchfun at yahoo dot com

    Hugssss
    LindaH

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  2. Good to see you enjoyed this! Book #2 Frostbite is even better.

    You don't have to enter me for the contest as you know I have already read it ;)

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  3. Words don't describe how much I want to read this book. I've been hearing all about it and Frostbite, yet my library doesn't have it. So not nice.


    You can contact me at inbedwithbooks AT yahoo DOT com.

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  4. This book has been on my radar for a long time. I'd love, love, love to win a copy.

    jkayeoldner@yahoo.com

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  5. A friend recommended this book and Frostbite to me, so I would love to win a copy.


    l1ttl3one@yahoo.com

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  6. I've heard alot about this one on various sites, I'd like to be included in the draw! tWarner419@aol.com

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  7. I have not read any vampire books. This seems like a good way to start one. Do count me in.

    gautami dottripathy at gmail dot com

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  8. I really want to read this, but UK rights haven't been sold, and thus it hasn't been published here in Australia. Have mercy on me! ;-)

    Oh, and BookMooch is better than BookCrossing ;-)

    http://tezmilleroz.wordpress.com - The Contact page should have my email address.

    Thanks, and have a lovely day! :-)

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  9. Actually Tez, I do Bookmooch and Paperbackswap as well, and for me, they're just different than BC, not better! ;) I use them for completely different reasons!

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  10. I would so much like to read this one! I think I fought for it a couple of times in swaps and lost, lol. KathyB

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  11. My friend has been telling that I really need to read this book and the others. It sounds like a good book I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Can't ever have too many vampires, now, can we? ;) Count me in!

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  13. Greetings, I was sent her by a good friend! They know I love books and reading. This genre is a fun one to me. Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  14. Hey Shaunie! This is one of those books I keep seeing in the swaps but I can never get my hands on it. People just steal it out without my permission! :D

    I'd love to be part of the draw.
    hugs!

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  15. I have the 2nd book in the series, FROSTBITE and I've been searching EVERY bookstore in town trying to find a copy of VAMPIRE ACADEMY with NO luck.
    I'd love to be entered to win!
    hawkes(at)citlink.net

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  16. I see you have some of my favourites up here. Great choice then ;)
    And thank you for the follow. Following right back

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