Ooh. Vampire Academy the graphic novel by Richelle Mead is one I've been excited to read. I don't read many graphic novels, I'll admit, but I've really enjoyed them in the past. This one was no exception.
Embarassing confession time: I haven't yet started the Vampire Academy series. I know lots of people love and rave about them, but I've always been a little unsure. I nearly caved last year after all of the excitement and buzz surrounding the publication of Last Sacrifice, but not quite. I have the first three books but I think I've been waiting for something other than a glowing review of the series to push me over into being excited about these books. And the graphic novel really did that for me.
At times, I was a little confused by the cast of characters. Sometimes I was confused about some big event that had just occurred because I couldn't quite work out what the facial expressions in the illustrations meant. But aside from that, I was still gripped throughout it all. Despite it not having all of the thoughts and feelings that would normally be in a novel present, I was still able to feel the tension between Rose and Dmitiri and the close relationship between Lissa and Rose. I learned enough about the Moroi/Strigoi/Dhampir to be sufficiently intrigued. It was all very exciting and fast-paced and I was left guessing and surprised. It's a really fun story that I think is quite suited to a graphic novel format.
I loved the seeing the events unfold as well as reading it. I thought the illustrations were really beautiful. I thought the graphic novel did a great job of fitting everything in in such a short amount of space and it's really the perfect taster for me. I will definitely go from here to reading the novel and perhaps other reluctant readers will do the same.