Repackaged with a brand new (and completely gorgeous) cover, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Richelle Mead’s best-selling novel Vampire Academy is exactly the same as the normal version. However, it does contain four awesome and exclusive tales set before, during, and after the first book and is, therefore, a definite must have for any fan!
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book, both the short stories and Vampire Academy itself (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
I have been a fan of Vampire Academy since I was 14 and a older friend of mine got me hooked on the series. So you can imagine just how incredibly excited I was to get the 10 year Anniversary edition when it came out. Naturally I reread the book itself when I managed to get my hands on a copy but it was the new short stories that held my interest the most. I cannot get over how incredibly grateful I am to Richelle for writing these stories because I loved them (most of them) so much. Readers please note that this review is primarily for the short stories contained in this edition and is not a review of Vampire Academy itself.
Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:
The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…
Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt…
The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…
From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
These short stories were a fabulous edition to an already awesome series as they elaborated on certain events which were introduced in the first book. I was very keen to read them as they gave further insight into events that occurred before Vampire Academy (From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir and The Turn and the Flame), introduced different characters perspectives (The Meeting), and you got to look at a teensy bit of the relationship between Rose and Dimitri (Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway).
When Richelle first announced that she was writing another book in the Vampire Academy world, before we found out that it would be about Sydney, so SO many people we hoping and praying that it would be a book from Dimitri’s point of view. Sadly that didn’t happen but as a bonus Richelle did release this particular short story from Dimitri’s POV on her website. This means that I had actually read this story before the anniversary edition came out… like waaaayyyy before. Even though I could have gotten this on the internet, I was majorly excited to have it in a physical copy of the book (similarly to the Homecoming short story that is set after Last Sacrifice but that is another tale all together). Seeing things from Dimitri’s POV was amazing! I had always wondered what he had thought when he first met the one and only Rose Hathaway and now I know.
From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir:
While I was fairly curious as to what Lissa and Rose got up to after they escaped from St Vladimir’s Academy, I must say that I wasn’t exactly a gigantic fan of this particular story. I honestly didn’t find it super interesting but that’s not to say that it was a bad story… it wasn’t. Lissa has never been a favourite character of mine (Rose is just too awesome for anyone else to take the spotlight) so I think that I would have been more interested if this story had been from Rose’s POV. However, the whole point of this short story was to explore Lissa and the after effects caused by the crash and her and Rose’s escape and it definitely did that.
The Turn and the Flame:
If you have read Vampire Academy, then even with the vagueness of the description of this story in the blurb you probably would have guessed what this story was about. I think my heart actually broke reading this story; Even though what happened to Christian’s parents was briefly explained in Vampire Academy and in more depth in Frostbite, it didn’t really click just how little Christian was when his parents turned.
Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway:
HOLY JESUS!!! This story was by far the best of the lot. As I read it, and every time I reread it, I can’t stop smiling over Rose’s antics. In typical Rose fashion, she is so sassy and sarcastic and just plain awesome that I couldn’t help but laugh and wish that I was one of her friends. Also, DIMITRI!!! I friggin’ love that man!
As you would expect these short stories are written like short stories with them telling a particular tale in a small word count. Lissa’s story is an exception to that in that it is comprised of a series of diary entries (which is kind of annoying to read if I’m being honest). As a whole, all of the short stories are written in the same manner as the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. As they do revolve around Lissa and Rose and Christian, some of the stories deal with more serious issues (insight into Lissa’s depression) and the other are quite amusing (Rose and her foolish and amusing behaviour).
I am a big fan of any short stories written by Richelle Mead that are about the Vampire Academy world and these are no exception. Some made me cry and some made me laugh and others just made me want to read the entire series all over again. If you have read Vampire Academy then I highly recommend you go and get this book simply because the short stories are awesome. If you haven’t read it and are a fan of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare or Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series (You guys in particular will adore Rose) then I say go forth and buy it!