Saturday, May 22, 2010
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
If you haven't read the first 4 books in the Vampire Academy series (you should!) leave this post AT ONCE! No spoilers for book 5, but definitely spoilers for books 1-4.
Seriously. Shoo if you haven't read up through book 4.
[description from goodreads]
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 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 she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.
Spirit Bound isn't my favorite book in this series, but my goodness it's GOOD. Once again, Richelle Mead has played with my emotions. I spent my entire reading time gasping, being frustrated because I didn't know what the outcome would be, and questioning whether or not I liked certain characters.
I believe Spirit Bound is the longest book in the series thus far, being almost 500 pages long. But despite it's length, I sped through it in less than a day. Reading this reminded me of reading Shadow Kiss-- I guessed a few things that happened, but I never thought they would actually happen (like Dimitri becoming Strigoi). But they did happen, and I was left thinking "oh my gosh WHAT WILL THIS LEAD TO I MUST FIND OUT." Though there are a bit more politics and a little less action in this installment, especially near the end, I was always on the edge of my seat.
I'm always impressed by the growth each of the characters go through in each book. Though it may seem like they don't have much to learn after 5 books, they do. It finally seems like Rose is getting over her Dimitri obsession and Lissa is finally starting getting to do her own thing and become more than the girl Rose needs to protect. I can't wait to see what happens to them in Last Sacrifice. Is it December yet?
Also: Team Adrian. Just saying.
Book details: Razorbill/Hardcover/$17.99