She wrote this book:
And OMFG it is incredible.
No, I am not exaggerating.
It. Is. Incredible.
If you're not familiar with the book, I give you le blurb:
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Confession: I'd known about the Vampire Academy books for about two years now, and I hadn't picked them up. I wanted to read them, but I kept buying other books first. Then my mother bought all six books and read them. AND SHE WOULDN'T STOP HARASSING ME. Or talking about some Russian dude named Dimitri.
So I read Vampire Academy.
And my life has changed forever.
I really, really, really wish I'd read Mead's books sooner. Not only do I enjoy her storytelling, but I learn from it. A lot. The characters, world-building and HOLY COW IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING plot twists are what make her such an amazing author to me. And Rose? She's now one of my Top 5 Best YA Heroines of all time. Maybe even Top 3. Maybe even #1.
Yes. I just said that. Sue me.
Oh, and that Russian dude named Dimitri?
That is all.
But I'm curious: is there a series you wish you'd read earlier?? Which one? *takes notes*