I finally read this. Yay me. :)
I actually liked the Bloodlines series waaay more. Bloodlines has a more likable heroine than Vampire Academy. Don't get me wrong; I liked Rose, she was tough and a smartass. But I also like my heroines to have some brains (like Sydney) and not constantly pick fights.
As for the other characters; Lissa was okay, if a little bland. I really liked Christian and Dimitri, rest of the characters didn't leave much of an impression on me.
The plot was very action-packed and exciting. and I totally did not see the twist coming at the end (no spoilers, don't worry)
Overall, I thought Vampire Academy was decent but not amazing. I will read the sequel though. Three stars.