Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/09/14/review-vampire-academy-by-richelle-mead/Vampire Academy was the type of first-book-in-the-series to whet your appetite for the rest of the series. I felt like Vampire Academy told me everything and nothing. Reading Vampire Academy was like peeling back the layers of an onion, slowing revealing the world in which it is set, and all the secrets that follow with gaining that knowledge. And while we’ve gotten deeper within the world, we certainly have not reached the inner core.I really enjoyed the friendship between Rose and Lissa, partly because it was so strong, and partly because for as much as they are connected, they also seem distanced; Lissa is as much of a friend to Rose as she is a responsibility and it is interesting how this line is blurred and crossed repeatedly. We were thrown head first into the story, having to make frequent trips back to the past to explain the present. I got lost a couple times, but for the most part this device worked well. Back to the onion layer thing, if you will.Finishing Vampire Academy felt like looking at the tip of an iceberg. I know there is something big beyond this book, but I can’t see it; but what I have seen is enough. There is a lot we still don’t know, and I’m left with the feeling that the academy is only a very small part of the bigger vampire world, and that the politics going on will come out to play in future books.