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Vampire Academy Books In Reading Order

Updated on January 28, 2014

Reading The Vampire Academy Series In Order

Should you read the Vampire Academy books in order or it doesn't matter? If you're a vampire lover (and I mean the modern sexy superheros and cool girl vampire, not the old types found in horror novels), then this series won't be totally unknown to you. Of course series like the Vampire Diaries and Twilight are the rage right now, but let's face it, Vampire Academy is totally cool too!

Having read the original Vampire Academy series, I preferred them reading in order because the storyline continues with each book. Once you get to

Vampire Academy Series

love the main characters, you want to know what will happen to them in the next books. I simply don't believe that you get the same enjoyment from the series by reading them out of the order. Don't forget to let me know down in the comments section what you think - should the series be read in order or not so much?

The Main Vampire Academy Books In Order - Overview

Did You Know

While The Vampire Academy series focused on Rose, the new spin-off urban fantasy series called Bloodlines focuses on Sydney the Alchemist who is fighting hard to keep knowledge that vampires exist a secret from humans.

Vampire Academy Series Review

List Of The Vampire Academy Series In Order

* Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)

The first, original Vampire Academy book in the very popular young adult series. Published in 2007.

* Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2)

Frostbite is the second book in the Vampire Academy series, published in 2008.

* Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

The third book in the popular vampire series, Shadow Kiss, was published in 2008 as well.

* Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4)

Blood Promise, book 4 in the series was first published in 2009.

* Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)

Spirit Bound, book 5 of the Richelle Mead Vampire Academy series was published in 2010.

* Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6)

The sixth and last one in the Vampire Academy books in order was published in 2010.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)

Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy

The first book in the by now very popular (and sadly very over) Vampire Academy series introduces the world of St. Vladimir’s Academy, a very special type of school catering to young vampires who are learning magic and how to protect humans. We also get to learn about Rose, who will be the main characters throughout this entire young adult vampire series.

If you're familiar with other similar vampire series involving teens, such as the popular Twilight, or the TV series Vampire Diaries, you will feel reading this book right at home. It is a bit darker than other series (something which I like), and this suits me well because dark = no unnecessary teen fluff. It is a book that grips you and doesn't let you go. Personally I found that book #1 in the series was not as gripping as the ones following it, so if you are reading it and you're not yet fully won over, read book #2 and you'll change your opinion fast.


Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2)


Frostbite is #2 in the Vampire Academy books in order. I loved the first book, but the second one really drew me in and totally hooked me on the series. I like Rose with all her imperfections (and even though sometimes she seems to oblivious as to what is going on around her), she's a real character, fleshed out and in real 3D so to speak. She's loyal, she's quite tough and has the guts to pull anything off.

Rose is totally in love with Dimitri, her tutor, who seems to have the hots for somebody else. And just to be sure that we have a love triangle, Mason, her friend, is the one who wants her badly. Could things to even more weird?

If you ask whether you should read the books in order, I'd say yes. While the first book in the series is rather a stand alone novel, the second book ends up with more questions than answers, and you've gotta read the third book to learn more about the characters, the actions and the world of the Vampire Academy.


Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

Shadow Kiss
Shadow Kiss

Shadow Kiss is the third book in the popular young adult paranormal series involving Rose, who is about to graduate. While in the previous book it was deep winter, now we're already in spring. Rose is becoming more mature, and she is having much darker thoughts too. And she might be seeing ghosts. Not only that, but she has to deal with the death of somebody very close to her.

I don't want to spoil the story line, but let's just say that the pacing really picks up here, things are happening more and more, and some of the decisions that Rose did in the previous books will make major changes in the actual plot lines. Another reasons to read the series in order!

Like I said, this series is darker than others, more realistic, so to speak, and that's one of the allures of it compared to many other similar series that simply fall flat. From the three books so far I remember this one to be my very favorite one. I really read it in one sitting over the weekend.


Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4)

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4)
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4)

If you've been reading the Vampire Academy books in order, then you know that while a lot happened in book 3, it also left us with lots of questions that simply need answering in book 4. Dimitri went through a lot (no spoilers), so now Rose is on a quest in Russia to find him, and do what's needed to be done. But of course things go completely different than Rose would have expected...

I did say before that I loved book 3 the most - with the exception of book 4, which I loved even more. By now other series are getting in a rut,but not this one. It still goes strong and manages to surprise us every step of the way. The book does start a bit slower, but it soon picks up though and it more than makes up for the slow start.


Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)

Spirit Bound
Spirit Bound

Now Rose is really graduating and thinking of her life beyond the walls of the Academy. She is now a real Guardian who is sworn to protect the humans, but of course, that's nothing compared to what she's going through in her real life. She is still more determined than ever to save Dimitri (from what? read the books before, I don't want to give any spoilers), and her romance with Adrian is so sweet, I love it. In a way I can't but compared Dimitri and Adrian with Damon and Stefan, the two brothers in The Vampire Diaries. One is bad-ass, the other is the sweet, safe and protective guy.

This book didn't get boring even for a second. While the previous book started a bit slow, this one didn't. You basically devour the pages as you turn them frantically to see what comes up next, with the many twists and turns Richelle Mead managed to included in the pages of this novel. One of the things I liked most in this book in the series is the ending. Wow!


Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6)

Last Sacrifice
Last Sacrifice

Finally here we have the last book in the Vampire Academy series, the one that I think I loved the most from all the series. I didn't know what to expect before reading, what sacrifice are we talking about, so I was totally blown away by the ending, by the resolution and by the way Rose handled herself through her trials and tribulations. Being on trial for the murder of the Queen, trying to save her life while also trying to carry out the Queen's last mission, while also struggling between the two men she cares about: Dimitri and Adrian...lots of things going on here, which will all be resolve in the end.

I loved the ending, it's more than I hoped for. It was not rushed like the endings of many other series, just to 'get it over with', it was very satisfying and I remember I was so looking forward to start the spin-off series Bloodlines, to see what other important characters will do next. Sure Rose's story is all told, but there are others worth reading about. I know I did.


Bloodlines Series Review

List Of The Bloodline Series In Order

* Bloodlines (Bloodlines Book #1)

Bloodlines is the first book in the Bloodline series, a spin-off from the main Vampire Academy young adult series. It was published in 2011.

* The Golden Lily (Bloodlines Book #2)

The second book in the Bloodline series is called The Golden Lily, and it was published in 2012.

* The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines Book #3)

The Indigo Spell is book #3 in the Bloodline series in order, and it's published in February 2013.

* A 4th book called The Fiery Heart is in the works and it will be published in fall 2013. It's not yet available for preorder.

Bloodlines (Bloodlines Book #1)


Bloodlines, the first book in the spin-off series from the Vampire Academy novels, follows Sydney, the Alchemist, one of the protectors of humans and of the secrets about vampires existing. Adrian is back, and together with Sydney and Eddie have to keep Jill, the sister of Vasilisa Dragomir, safe, since is in grave danger.

Personally I liked the Vampire Academy books in order more than the Bloodlines, however this was good as well. I did read the books that have been published so far and I really enjoyed them. It's maybe because I used to like Dimitri more, and now Adrian gets to shine, and I kind of miss the old characters of Rose, Dimitri and a few others. However while reading the series, the characters that didn't get enough space in VA do get more exposure, and I really started to warm up to them.


The Golden Lily (Bloodlines Book #2)

The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel
The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel

The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodline books in order, and it's worth indeed reading the series in order, they're not stand alone novels. In this series Sydney gets center stage (like Rose was in the first series), and we see her grow and develop with each new book. She starts to bond with the Alchemists, forges friendships and remember Adrian from the Vampire Academy? Well here we learn to really appreciate him more - I know Sydney does!

This book has less action, but more drama, love, romance and all the teen angst. I really warmed up to it, but in my heart I still loved Vampire Academy more *sigh*.


The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines Book #3)

The Indigo Spell
The Indigo Spell

The Indigo Spell is book 3 in the Bloodlines series, and it's coming out shortly, in February. I haven't read it yet, so I'm waiting downloadable edition is available so I can get it and read it. Will review it right after.


Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide (Vampire Academy (Paperback))
Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide (Vampire Academy (Paperback))

If you're looking for the official guide to the world of the Vampire Academy (Bloodlines not included), this is it. Here you will learn about the academy history, learn secrets about the Moroi's society and what bounds Rose and Lissa together. This book gives the best background that will help you go much deeper into what makes St. Vladimir's Academy so popular with everyone and why it is what it is. Definitely well worth reading.


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    • AnnabreeWrites profile image


      5 years ago

      I loved the Vampire Academy series, but I loved Bloodlines even better (probably because of Adrian Ivashkov, lol.) :) Nice lens on great books!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I wish I have more time for reading...

    • Camden1 profile image


      5 years ago

      I always prefer to read any book series in order. The Vampire Academy series sounds like a marvelous present for my hard-to-buy-for Twilight-loving friend!

    • DuaneJ profile image


      5 years ago

      Looks and sounds interesting.


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