A good book!
This is definitely more towards the new adult side of YA! There are some terms in Vampire Academy that you wouldn't see in a typical YA read.
The story is told from Rose's perspective. Rose is a very kick butt character. She's never willing to back down in a fight (in the first book of the series at least).
Rose, a guardian in training and Lissa, a royal vampire who's a Moroi (a good Royal vampire) have run away from St Vladimir's Academy. That's where this book begins. Dimitri (one of Lissa's already guardians) is sent to find both girls and bring them back to the academy. I found this part a little bit coincidental because you couldn't really have a story about a vampire academy without THE Vampire Academy.
When the characters get to the academy they're sent to the headmistress, who isn't very nice. She tells both girls that it was very irresponsible to run away. There's a reason as to why Rose and Lissa did run away but I don't want to spoil it.
The headmistress forces Rose into extra classes - those that she's missed while away with Lissa and more training with Dimitri. This is a part of the book that I liked. I liked seeing Rose and Dimitri together as I can see them developing into a couple in future books. Their romance would be forbidden as they would both be Lissa's guards.
There's also bitter rivalries in Vampire Academy, comedic moments, revenge, other romantic dalliances, and a plot to get a royal blood back on the throne.
I thought Vampire Academy was a good book. I'd give it 3.75/4 stars because it had a bit of everything I like. I just felt that some of the scenes weren't needed and that some of my favourite moments could have been extended into longer scenes.
I look forward to reading Frostbite (book 2) next...