Faith in Books: Vampire Academy

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Vampire Academy

By Richelle Mead

I am continuing the 14 books being made into movies in 2014 challenge. I wanted to read this book right after I returned from a trip so I could get to the movie before it left theaters. Alas, I was not quick enough. However, when I looked at the trailer online, I could see why. Isn’t it awful when you can tell that a movie will be bad just by the trailer? Click on the book title above and judge for yourselves! I will watch it when it eventually comes out on DVD this year but I’m not going to spend any major effort. 

I have read other books by Mead. I am not a huge fan of hers but she does write books that you can just read for fun. I have to say I am not motivated to read the whole series. My husband (who reads everything relating to vampires) has read the whole series. He says the witch series (which I have read) is much stronger. 

The plot revolves around Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir, and her friend, Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Dhampirs are the mules of the Moroi vampire world and are used as bodyguards. The two have escaped from St. Vladimir’s Academy (yes, vampire saints and Christian-type worship are both a part of this world) but have now been found after months on the run. Danger is lurking around Lissa and she and Rose are somehow bonded to one another. There are lots of secrets revealed in the book and both girls fall for the wrong guys. 

I want to not recommend this book. However, for those of you who love vampire genres and teen romance, this might be just the book for you. I do have to warn you that there are some adult themes and vulgar language throughout. 

What did this book have to do with my faith? SPOILER ALERT! Lissa has saved Rose’s life and, in doing so, has created a bond between them. Rose can sense how Lissa is feeling and what she is experiencing. Although not in a literal sense, Jesus has saved my life. How bonded am I to him? Shouldn’t there be something between us? Should I not be able to see how Jesus feels, what breaks his heart, what injustices anger him? In many cultures, saving someone’s life can create a debt to the one who has done the saving. I can never save Jesus’ life. But since he has saved mine, is there no way for me to repay this debt in some small way? Perhaps loving him, being his follower, working on going on to perfection is all that is needed. Is that kind of love and discipleship a bond? 

I do not recommend this book — unless you too are meeting the ’14 challenge!

Happy reading!

Amelia

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