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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Spirit Bound Review

Spirit Bound - 5th Book in the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead, Young Adult, 2010, 489 pages


Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true— Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. Only this time, he won’t rest until Rose joins him…forever.

Review (Spoiler Alert)

Another spellbinding book in the Vampire Academy Series. Just a warning that this review will contain spoilers as there were so many exciting things going on that it's hard to review it without mentioning these things.

Spirit Bound begins at the Academy where they are getting ready for graduation and Rose has to complete The Trials which is a final exam prepared by experienced guardians to test the new guardians' ability to protect the Moroi outside the safety of the Academy. Rose has had much hands-on experience in killing Strigoi and is not particularly worried about the Trials but is concerned about what will happen when she leaves the Academy as her former boyfriend, Dimitri, who was turned Strigoi is after her.

Rose becomes even more determined and gets herself into illegal and dangerous situations because she is determined to "save" Dimitri. However, she is not doing this alone and is bringing her friends and the people she loves into this dangerous obsession.

My favourite characters are Rose and Lissa although they are both very different, they are both strong, loyal and would do anything for one another. This is especially put to the test when Lissa risks her life to fight and save Dimitri.

I also enjoyed getting to know Adrian more in this book and realize he is very deep and not just a spoiled, rich kid. He clearly loves Rose and his steadfast dedication to her is truly inspiring.

Dimitri is a complex character and there have been many times when I have not liked him very much. Even in this book, I don't feel the compassion for him as he is so mean and dismissive to Rose who risked everything including the lives of her friends for him.

I liked the fact the Rose's father Abe made a couple of appearances throughout the book and hope that he will play a pivotal role in the next book (due out in December) The Last Sacrifice.

The ending was abrupt and as usual, a cliffhanger. It was so exciting and interesting at the end of the book and I just wanted to keep reading when all of a sudden it ends with Abe telling Rose that they don't imprison traitors or let them go - they execute them - then that was the end. December seems like a long wait....

I really hope Rose will find the happiness and love that she deserves but the title of the book "The Last Sacrifice" does not sound promising for poor Rose. 

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes vampire books, love stories and action.

Rating 4 1/2 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I might have to look into this series when I've finished the Dark-Hunters!