Vampire Academy is in modern day, in a world where humans don't know of a huge vampire society existing tenuously alongside theirs. The vampires live alone in cities, under the radar, or in large groups in places humans don't notice. There are three "types," kind of.
Moroi are the original type. They need blood to live, but most are humane (taking it from donors and whatnot. Also, unlike Twilight *shudder*, they can't drink animal blood). Sunlight doesn't hurt them, but it's annoying. All Moroi specialize in an element: fire, earth, air, or water.
Dhampirs are half human, half Moroi. They don't need blood and aren't bothered by the sunlight, but are stronger and have better reflexes than humans. Because of this, Dhampirs make ideal protectors of the Moroi.
Strigoi are the nasty ones, the stereotype of vampires. They used to be Moroi but became Strigoi through a nasty process (don't ask). They have no morals or conscience, burn in the sun, and can only be killed with a stake through the heart.
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, best friends with a Moroi named Lissa. After being on the run from St. Vladimir's Academy for a reason unknown to the reader, they are found and sent back to the academy. There, Rose has to struggle with figuring out a supernatural bond between her and Lissa, and continue protecting her from whatever they were running from. On top of that, she begins to fall for Dimitri, the Dhampir who was responsible for catching them and bringing them back to the academy. What's a girl to do?
Before you say anything (or I guess think it, because that would be weird to talk to your computer), I know that last line was incredibly cheesy. And yes, the review isn't the best one I've done, but give me a break. I'm sleep deprived. So, I really like this series (I think there are four or so after this one) and definitely think you should give it a chance. The books do a good job of keeping you hooked, and the characters (especially Rose) are funny and bold. Give it a try! Get a copy at Kettleson or Mt. Edgecumbe.
Aww, this will be my last post of 2011. *Sniff*. Nostalgia.