Sun, January 30, 2011

Vampire Academy Review As Told By Stick Figures

You know how sometimes you love a book so much that written reviews just don’t do your feelings justice? And so you’re forced to make potentially embarrassing videos to convey your feelings instead?

Oh? No? That’s just me? *Shrugs*

My thoughts on the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, told through stick figure drawings, ’cause…why not?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: 5 stars, richelle mead, vampires
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  1. Sandy said:

    This is the coolest (and most creative) way to review a book! Who knew stick figures could be so cute? πŸ˜‰

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  2. YA Bibliophile said:

    Super cute! I just got the final book from the library! Dying to read it!!!!!

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  3. Jessica (Firefly Book Loft) said:

    That was awesome.

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  4. Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said:

    Did you only use one marker or did you have to use more? (I'm hoping you used a marker and I'm not just thinking this) lol. So cute! And I agree, this series is AWESOME and I feel slightly idiotic that it took me until this past month to read this series…and I already miss it. πŸ™

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  5. Shannon@BooksDevoured said:

    Dear Anna,

    I bow down to your awesomeness! Because of you and this video/review, I will read this series. I have not read on word of it, but after this I will commit to read the entire series. Every word.

    Jealous of your wicked sweet stick figures,
    Shannon =D

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  6. Melanie said:

    Your stick figures are totally adorable.

    (I'm not gonna lie, though, these books still don't appeal to me at all.)

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  7. Tara said:

    That is a fantastic review, Anna. SUCH a good series. I read it in December and I already want to re-read.

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  8. Jess (Gone with the Words) said:

    This review was EPIC! haha

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  9. Allison said:

    loved.

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  10. Irish said:

    What an awesome way to review a book! LOVE it…this is now my favoritist review of the VA series.

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  11. Elodie said:

    You're so funny !! The Vampire Academy series is my favorite series ever ! You're so right : it's EPIC !!!

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  12. April (BooksandWine) said:

    Okay, that was pretty much the best thing evar. Please make more videos. Also why do you not have 1000 followers? I would so rather see these types of reviews than 'it was awesome. blah blah. end'

    GREAT JOB!!!

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  13. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) said:

    That. Was. Awesome. I still need to read these! Gah…They are on my shelf right now taunting me!

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  14. Shanyn said:

    Hahahaha. I love the Dimitri stick figure, hahaha.

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  15. Lindsi said:

    The VA series was amazing, but your review video with the drawings is EPIC! I LOVED IT! You're so talented Anna πŸ™‚

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  16. Lindsi said:

    Ps: I'm a little disappointed that you left out ADRIAN! He is clearly better than whats-his-face, oh yeah, Dimitri πŸ˜›

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  17. Danna (Friendly Reader) said:

    Wow, great idea for a review Anna! I'm on book four of The VA and I love it so far:)
    -Danna

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  18. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    BAHAHAHAHAAH omgoodness Anna – YOU. ARE. GENIUS!!! I have a whole knew love for you <3 x's 1000000000!

    This review was epic. I will need to see more like this. Please make that possible. I beg of you.

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  19. Don’t Sleep, Read said:

    VA is my favorite series! Haha that was an awesome review.

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  20. Library Gal said:

    You make me smile- that was awesome!

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  21. Marisa said:

    This is the greatest thing I've ever seen.
    Period.

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  22. Anonymous said:

    Ahaha I love this total randomness, I found this cause Richelle Mead posted it on facebook so I was like it must be WOW πŸ˜€

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  23. Anonymous said:

    Ohhhh,really sweet.I love Vampire Academy and I also love the way you represent it.Bravo! :]]]]

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  24. Anonymous said:

    oh god VA is like the awesomest books ever!!

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  25. Anonymous said:

    This is such a cute review! and this series is as EPIC as it can get!

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  26. as always β™₯ Carol said:

    Wow Anna you've left me speechless best book review I've seen in like for ever!! and yes Dimitri is HOT, but so are most of the Characters in Richelle Mead's books thanks for sharing will love to follow what other things ur reading and any other reviews anyways as always β™₯ Carol =D

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  27. TwiKathy!!! said:

    I loved this video… WONDERFUL!!!

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  28. Kelsey said:

    This is the coolest review I have ever seen.

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  29. Alyssa said:

    hahaha this is so cute!

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  30. JessiKay89 said:

    Omg coolest review EVAR! Love it πŸ™‚

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  31. Tara said:

    I am glad you decided to post this after all, even though I was totally waiting for it to happen tomorrow πŸ™‚

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  32. Katie said:

    That was epic! Just like Vampire Academy! Thanks for sharing this!

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  33. Karen Tavares said:

    very cool ::thumbs up::

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  34. LoraKissed said:

    Awesome! Posted about it here!!!!

    http://shadowkissed.net/2011/01/31/va-by-annareadsbooks/

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  35. Morgan said:

    That was adorable!! Seriously, you are so creative!

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  36. Lady Reader said:

    Awesome! πŸ™‚
    New follower. Love your blog!

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  37. tara said:

    these books were so great! i got the first one as a gift and thought it would be totally lame and a different version of all the twilight cliches but it was soooo good, so i read the whole series and they were all fantastic!

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  38. Sara said:

    That was so awesome

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  39. iamjenai said:

    hahaha lol that was the best review Ive seen for a blogger! i love VA sooo much and OMG, i love Dimka there hehe πŸ™‚

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  40. drey said:

    This was totally fabulously awesome!!!!!!! I am so envious of your drawing skillz… πŸ˜›

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  41. Jae said:

    That was the single most awesome review I've ever seen in my life. I love it! Creative, hysterical, and a really good review. Bravo!

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  42. Annette said:

    I expected you to put an "A" on that girl hugging Dmitri πŸ˜‰ This was an awesome post. I haven't read any of these yet – but after hearing all you guys rave about them, I bought the WHOLE series for the library and they just came in last week. So I'll hopefully be getting started on those soon.

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  43. Julie said:

    That was adorable! Great job!

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  44. Anonymous said:

    there should be more reviews like this!!!! love it! and VA!

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  45. Melissa said:

    YOU WIN. hahaha

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  46. Brooke said:

    How cute! Love your video!

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  47. AngelicNytmare said:

    That was too freaking cute.
    Love VA!

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  48. Rico said:

    That is so FTW.

    This is just what I need to convince my wife to read it πŸ™‚

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  49. Jone said:

    WOW! If they do the 'Coolest and most Creative Critic Award'.. YOU ROCK!

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  50. Anonymous said:

    Adorable. No other words, just ADORABLE.

    Oh and if you ever make more stick-figure-reviews,…Just PLEASE DO x)

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  51. Anonymous said:

    I have to… Its to the point and clear cut.. awesome review, it was something completely different… I enjoyed watching it…

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  52. Karen S. Scott said:

    Great review technique! I'll have to try this on my blog, too. Maybe we can start a new review trend. πŸ™‚

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  53. L.T. Douglas said:

    lmfao, i cracked up the entire time. But i *love* this series. Cant count how many times i yelled at the books, cried, and cheered.

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  54. Pink Frog said:

    ROCKIN!!! THANKS FOR THIS! IT MADE ME SMILE πŸ™‚

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  55. Jenny said:

    BRILLIANT! There's really nothing else to say really. Loved your stick figures and I'm so glad you succumbed to peer pressure and loved the VA series, it's one of my favorites:)

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  56. Bethany said:

    Best. Review. Ever. Almost as awesome as the Vampire Acadamy πŸ™‚
    I laughed.

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  57. Anonymous said:

    Love it!!

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  58. Jocelyn said:

    Best review ever! I only stumbled onto your blog last night, and I am hooked. I too am an adult who reads YA fiction, sortof because I have teen and pre teen kids, but mostly because I just really like it πŸ˜‰ Loved VA series, wish there was more…

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  59. Cari said:

    THIS IS THE BEST REVIEW EVER!

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  60. Paige said:

    =) I have read all The Vampire Academy series and agree, IT WAS EPIC!!! Haha and I love love love your video! Keep making more!

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  61. *Melissa* said:

    OMG I loved it***New Follower. I love everything about Vampire Academy and am always trying to tell eople to red it. I loved your little picture book story. I completely agree with not being able to put into words on how awesome this series is.

    Love it and will forward it on
    Find me @ paranromallyromanced.blogspot.com

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  62. Barbara said:

    That was so adorable.

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  63. Anonymous said:

    Hahaha! Cute ;D

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  64. Jamie said:

    Anna– How did I miss this?! This rocks. I must read this series! I started a video review of Wither in November because I didn't even have the words for that book and I'm STILL working on it because I feel like even my video isn't going to do it justice. Perhaps I should have employed the stick figure technique rather than what I did!! πŸ˜›

    I love it!

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  65. Anonymous said:

    That was really funny lol.
    πŸ˜€

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  66. Heather said:

    YES!

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  67. Anonymous said:

    hahahaha.. It's beautiful! xDD

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  68. Brittany said:

    Haha this is great I love it and I love the vampire academy too! This is so creative πŸ™‚

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  69. Sasha Switz said:

    This is hilarious! I love it! Very creative. And I definitely agree about Vampire Academy getting 5 stars. I love that series!

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  70. Mimi said:

    This is the BEST review. Ever. <3 Way to go πŸ™‚

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  71. NaKesha said:

    Great video! Very Creative! I haven't started reading Vampire Academy yet. In fact I just bought the first book last weekened but after that, you have made me want to start! I will begin reading it next.

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  72. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said:

    You know a post is epic when you're still getting comments on it 2 months later.

    I just heard about this one and I had to check it out. I, too, am a late adapter to VA and it was all the Twitter squee'ing over Last Sacrifice that made me think "hmm. maybe I should pick these up!"

    Epic, epic, epic, amazing, hilarious, etc. review. So cute.

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  73. barmybex said:

    OK you have just convinced me to add this to my TBR list. I had always avoided them, but this was soo cool and I can feel your enthusiasm. I actually want to read them now. πŸ˜€

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  74. Alyssa (Redhead Heroines) said:

    Oh my gosh. Best. Review. Ever!!! I laughed so hard at the Dimitri (omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg) part. πŸ™‚ That was a very apt description of my feelings as well!!
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Series Book Review – "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead

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  75. melannie (: said:

    Read the 1st one a long ago and it didn't quite click with me (although I liked Rose)

    but this review is awesomesauce and made me want to finish the series!

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  76. Jess said:

    Very cute! I agree VA was a great series!! I kinda miss it. But then there is always her spinoff series. =0)

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  77. Sunnykimmy said:

    I absolutely love your review! It's hilarious and if I hadn't already read the books, I'd read them right now. I have a huge grin on my face right now. I mean a stickfigure review, how do you come up with this stuff πŸ˜€

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  78. Erin said:

    I swear I come back to this post at least once a month just to smile and remember the epicness that is Vampire Academy. LOVE this review!!!

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  79. REBECCA@ReadingWishes said:

    I love this! I think I''m going to read it noww… AWESOMESAUCE!

    πŸ™‚

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  80. Isalys / Book Soulmates said:

    This was very cute!! Well done πŸ™‚

    Richelle pretty much OWNED my heart while I read these books!

    β™₯Isalys / Book Soulmates

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  81. jenny said:

    Love your review and TOTALLY agree with you. VA is my no. 1 favorite bookseries.

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  82. Hanging My Head in Shame (No, I Haven’t Read That) | Love YA Lit said:

    […] 4. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead I like to pretend I’m not into smooching vampire stories because I’m not a Twilight fan, but let’s face it, my favorite TV show of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Buffy, among other things, is a big ol’ vampire smoocher. Perhaps someday I’ll finally get around to reading this series and perhaps I’ll even love it as much as Anna. […]

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  83. Alissa N said:

    OMG This made me laugh for like a full 5 minutes. You are my favorite.

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  84. Madeleine Labitan said:

    LOL. Love love your review! So creative. Hahah

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  85. Katerina said:

    This is the MOST genius review post ever I loved it. I also have been debating whether or not to read the Vampire Academy Series, but I think I will they look really great and your review was a great push!!!!

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  86. Rosemarie Hathaway (@rosecomrade) said:

    LOVE VA Series, The first book is just about setting the background, the REAL story starts with the second book frostbite. #VAfamily, There’s a chance we might get frostbite. All you need to do is donate.. Even $1 would help.. πŸ™‚

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/frostbite-a-vampire-academy-film/x/8371263#home

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