Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

SPIRIT BOUND (Vampire Academy, #5)
Written by: Richelle Mead
Publication date: May 18, 2010
Released in Hardcover

5 stars

Synopsis: 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 her, he won't rest until he silences her...forever.

My Review: Rosemarie Hathaway. Reckless, daring and combative. Caring, brave and self-sacrificing. Those are only a few characteristics that make Rose one of my favorite narrators. She doesn't even know how amazing a guardian she is.

In this installment of the Vampire Academy series, Rose has serious things to take care of which could have some pretty serious consequences. Like life or death. Yet she's brave enough and determined enough to do what she needs to. Even if it means involving her friends and risking their futures as well. But she's risked enough for them that they'd do just about anything for her. Rose believes there's a way to bring Dimitri back from Strigoi and she'll do anything to find a way. But after she finds Dimitri, er, rather Dimitri finds her, all hell breaks loose and things don't exactly turn out the way Rose expected.

Meanwhile, while Dimitri was gone Rose and Adrian have been dating. Adrian is good to her and he loves her despite knowing she still pines for Dimitri. I love the dynamic of Adrian and Rose's relationship. Trouble happens and it's Rose going off to war, kissing her man good-bye, him watching her drive away down a dusty road. The roles are reversed and it's so funny.

What I love most about this series is that I absolutely cannot put it down! Richelle Mead's writing just keeps me hooked, wanting more, needing more. She has a way of keeping you on edge, never knowing what is going to happen. Things were always creeping up on you. Everything is business as usual and then WHAM - Strigoi!

How can anyone say this book was anything less than amazing?!? It was a constant jaw-dropper. By far, one of the top vampire series out there. The next and final installment titled "Last Sacrifice" is scheduled to be released December 7, 2010!!!

Here's a peek at the cover...


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