Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel

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Look out for Bloodlines, Richelle Mead’s new series set in the world of Vampire Academy, coming August 2011!

After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It's filled with intrigue, danger - and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book ...

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Overview

Look out for Bloodlines, Richelle Mead’s new series set in the world of Vampire Academy, coming August 2011!

After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It's filled with intrigue, danger - and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Best friends Lissa and Rose have spent two years on the road after escaping from St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for Moroi vampire princesses like Lissa and dhampir vampire protectors like Rose. But when guardians from the academy drag the girls back to school, they find they must deal with more than the social stigma placed on them by their fellow students—for it seems that evil Strigoi vampires have targeted Lissa and are intent on using her vast powers for their own ends. As Rose and Lissa try to separate friends from enemies, they must also struggle with their feelings for handsome Russian vampire Dimitri Belikov and social outcast Chrisian Ozera—whose parents just happen to be Strigoi vampires. Based on Mead's bestselling "Vampire Academy" prose novel series, this graphic novel adaptation has the dubious distinction of being impossible to understand for non-fans and yet completely predictable for anyone remotely familiar with the teen vampire genre. All the usual cliche characters are here—perpetually angry warrior women, brooding bad boys, shallow rich girls, and incredibly powerful damsels who cannot save themselves—and it is a given that before the story is done, the characters will be ostracized by their peers and teachers, experience sexual tension with other attractive outsiders, and work out their issues in violent battles. Sadly, neither Mead nor Dragoon seem interested in giving these stock characters any more dimensions than the usual stereotypical traits, and even Vieceli's attractive artwork does not offer much more than window dressing. Fans of Mead's vampire series might find this graphic novel an interesting companion to their books—all other readers can find similar stories among any of the thousands of teenage vampire books out there. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595144294
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: Vampire Academy Series
  • Edition description: Graphic novel
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 130,459
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Richelle Mead

Emma Vieceli is a professional artist and writer based just outside of Cambridge in the UK. Her credits include work on the Manga Shakespeare series (Amulet Books), My Little Pony (Hasbro), Comic Book Tattoo (image) and Girl comics (Marvel).

Leigh Dragoon lives in Northern California. Her credits include work on the Fraggle Rock comics (Archaia Comics), The Faerie Path Mangas (TokyoPop) and The Timeline Series (Rubicon Publishing / Scholastic Canada).

Richelle Mead lives in Seattle and is the author of the international bestselling Vampire Academy series. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, inventing recipes, and buying far too many dresses.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    Ehhh...

    i personally think Mead did a fantastic job writing all the images for us (in our heads). but based on the cover...i like Lissa, but rose and Dimitri look...bleh. i don't know, they look to cartoony to be the passioante, action-packed characters we've come to know and adore. i'm just nervous about the other images...

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2011

    Ummmm...

    Judging by the cover-and yes, I realize that's bad-I'm sad to say this book looks like it might paint a horrid picture that overshadows the lovely characters Richelle Mead successfully placed in my head. Not one of the people drawn here looks even remotely like i'd imagine them. I'm too scared to open the rest of it to be honest.
    No, thank you.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Not Judging Just By The Cover:

    Well, it's not what I expected, but it's not too bad. I didn't picture Rose that way, but I suppose everyone pictures her their own way. I did picture her with that body but her face just..isn't right for her cocky tones and bad-ass moments. Dimitri...could have been drawn way hotter. But, it really isn't that bad. I liked the book, overall. Just, the drawing could have been a bit better, more in tune with the actual characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    Well...

    I first saw this, before finally reading the series and was like, wait is that Lissa, is that Rose, whose that, oh is that Dimitri? Huh, well, the art is a little weird. Some of the characters, well, all the characters seemed to not look like themselves, age wise mostly. I mean Dimitri looks way older than he should. Basically its VA but in graphic novel form. Still the art wasn't bad or anything.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Loved it and excellent artwork.

    I've been collecting books of any form for the upcoming movie Vampire academy based on the series by Richelle Mead, and I'm loving the story of Rose. I recommend this graphic novel for the fans of this series, including Frostbite and Shadow-Kissed.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    I have heard plenty of good things about the Vampire Academy no

    I have heard plenty of good things about the Vampire Academy novels. I've had the first one on my TBR list for quite sometime, but I never actually got around to reading. Part of me thinks this may have to do with the fact that the model on the cover looks like Angelina Jolie. But that's just my hangup.

    Also, I'm not to keen on the idea of starting a series that's six books long and finished. I feel like if I were to commit to that, I'd need to start back when the book first came out in 2007. But again, that's just me. So when I saw that the first book in the series had been turned into a graphic novel I thought "Great! I can do that! It won't be as fulfilling as reading the novels, but at least I'll get to read the series." Well that backfired.

    I don't know if something got lost in translation between the novel and the graphic novel, but the plot wasn't the least bit interesting. I'm not really sure what was going on, even. I mean, I was able to grasp the plot, but it was very basic. Almost as if it was the outline Rachel and used before she starting putting the meat into her novel.

    The drawings weren't bad, it's obvious that Emma is a talent illustrator, but the drawings themselves were bare bones. There wasn't much detail put into the background and the some of the characters looked similar, just with different hair color. I'm not a big graphic novel reader, but Joe (who is), says the layouts were too similar as well. That there wasn't enough variety to be eye catching. He used some technical jargon, but I can't remember it for the life of me. Something about paneling and what not.

    This graphic novel is not something I'd recommend in place of the novel. It might be a fun addition to read if you have read Vampire Academy, but for a newbie like me, all it did was turn me off of the series. Have you read the series in it's whole (or are currently in the mists of it)? Should I not allow my poor experience with the graphic novel deter me from reading the actual novel?

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    did anyone else get this book on their nook? because i did, and

    did anyone else get this book on their nook? because i did, and i wound up with the ORIGINAL book, in which i already own. idk if i just messed up or something, but im unhappy. can anyone help me?

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    For what I have come to know of graphic novels this version does

    For what I have come to know of graphic novels this version does not have much on the side of "novel". I have read the book, the first in the very well known Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and was very much looking forward to see how it was interpreted into graphic novel form.

    The first thing I noticed was the format of this particular book, it's glossy full colored pages are very detailed and eye catching I think the artist did a great job. What I was surprised to see was the lack of dialogue and "novel". The story has been shortened so much it just includes the basic points that drive the story, lots of drama and huge emotional scenes, and then it's over.

    What this does lead to is a very fast paced action packed story. All key points are hit on and a great re-cap of book one of the series. It's a very short book at 144 pages it can be easily read through in one sitting. There is just enough intrigue and romantic influence that the reader can get a feel to the characters and the world.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Vampire Academy goes comic!

    I was surprised with this edition of Vampire Academy.The best thing about this was that Rose was portrayed perfectly as the books.The features of Moroi and Dhampir were good too and I wished that they made Lissa more feminine.I wanted to see more development of Christian and her relationship but sadly no, I think I have to cut the artist some slack, there only so much you can squeeze into 200 pages but the charm scene with Rose and Dimitri was definitely in and I was very impressed by that so romance was not left out so much after all. I felt that Dimitri could have been less bulkier too but that's really just my opinion so i hope no one takes this too hard. It was a good graphic novel nonetheless,entertaining and intriguing but it could have been better. I wonder if they will do a GN for Frostbite...

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    Confused about the release date.

    It says that it will be released on 8/23/11, however I saw and purchased this book today, which is 8/21/11. Oh well. Just thought the world might like to know that it's already available. I haven't read it yet, but based on skimming through, it looks like it's going to be pretty average for a graphic novel. Then whole thing is in color and the graphics are.... eh. I'm not a big fan of the adaptions. But it looks like it follows true to the plot line of the first book, Vampire Academy, so hopefully they did well with it. I anticipate to be about a 3 1/2 or 4 for a rating.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    NOT judging by the cover!!

    I really don't care about the cover I mean sure it's not the best Rose and Dimitri, but at least we have somewhat of an image as to how they look. I loved the books and if people don't like the graphic novel well then it's just too bad.

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