If you liked Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, then we have some recommendations for you!
Vampire Academy follows the kick ass Rose Hathway, a damphir, as she protects her best friend and princess, Lissa Dragomir, a moroi, from political chaos, stolen hearts and strigoi.
If you liked Vampire academy you might like…
The Covenant Series By Jennifer L. Armentrout.
What they have in common: Alex, the heroine of the series and a half-blood, is similar to Rose as she is sarcastic, snarky and bad ass. If you’re looking for a strong lead female who doesn’t take shit from anyone, you’ll love Alex. The series also features half-bloods, pure bloods and daemons, similar to to dhampirs, moroi and strigoi. The half-bloods have the option of becoming a Sentinel, in which they were protect the pures, or, basically, servants with no control over their life. Alex’s goal is to survive the Covenant long enough to graduate and become a Sentinel, as Rose wants to become a Guardian. Enter: Aiden, Alex’s trainer, good looking, older and pureblood (off limits to any half-blood!). Eventually, another boy enters Alex’s life, Seth, who, in many ways, is similar to Adrian. Now, I know what you’re thinking, this sounds exactly like VA! And yes, it does, in the beginning. As the series goes on, it ventures far away from any vampire academy story lines and really takes on a world of its own.
How they are different: The mythology behind the Hematoi (the race of the pures & what not) is vastly different than that of its vampire counterpart. This series explores mainly greek mythology; we see furies, gods and even the river Styx. Also, the Apollyon aspect of the series is nothing like anything we’ve seen in Vampire Academy, or really, any YA series. Alex has a best friend, as Rose as Lissa, but don’t expect Caleb to be anything like Lissa. Alex’s family is also much different than Rose’s. Alex doesn’t know who her father was, and she watched her mother die after they ran away from the Covenant. The writing style of this series is vastly different to VA; it’s much, how should I say, lighter. It really gets into the head of a 17 year old girl. Here’s a quote, “I’d be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this crap hole.” Yup. You’ll laugh out loud, you’ll probably cry, and you may have your heart ripped in two once Seth appears.
Though the premise and set up sound similar, the Covenant series comes into its own as it moves along, and eventually becomes impossible to put down. Check out the first book on goodreads here.
If you liked Vampire Academy you might like…
The Evernight Series by Claudia Gray
What they have in common: Vampires. Forbidden love. Ancient Orders. Mainly. Bianca attends a special school, Evernight Academy, an old, gothic boarding school for vampires (though there are a few humans there as well). Bianca is a half vampire, similar to Rose, but in this vampire world, there aren’t numerous different blood types of vampires who protect each other & etc. Of course, there are bitches at this school, just as there were in VA. And the forbidden love? Bianca meets Lucas at Evernight, a human.
How they are different: In the beginning of this series, Bianca does not know she is half vampire, nor is she aware of the vampire world. In fact, once she gets to Evernight, she doesn’t even want to be there. The boy she meets, Lucas, is nothing like Dimitri or Aiden. I guess he’s a mix of the two. Also, this series isn’t as mature as Vampire Academy. The characters are 16, and are not as, how should i say… risque. It’s definitely more young than adult. But if you are looking for another vampire boarding school read, check it out here.
If you liked Vampire Academy, you might like…
The Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz
What they have in common: Vampires, again. Forbidden love, again. A private school, again. Schuyler Van Alen attends the prestigious private school in NYC, but she’s a bit of a loner. There is a love triangle in this series, as Rose experiences with Dimitri and Aiden, that keeps you guessing at every turn. This series also deals with ancient blood lines, similar to the rich, royal families in Vampire Academy. There is also a similar underground vampire government at work. That’s about where the similarities stop and the series starts to take an a world of its own.
How they are different: Schuyler is not a social butterfly, like Rose. Schuyler is an artsy loner who prefers grunge chic to the hottest trends. Think Gossip Girl meets vampires; the richest families in NYC are actually ancient vampire blood lines, and their children become the center of the story. The characters in this series are nothing like the characters in VA. There will be balls, parties and traveling. These vampires, however, are much different than your traditional vampires, or, most likely, any vampires that you’ve read about. Digging up the past, avoiding destinies and traveling around the world (all while being glamorous) make this series one of a kind. Check it out at goodreads here.
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