Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review: Spirit Bound

Title - Spirit Bound
Author - Richelle Mead
Series - Vampire Academy #5
Genre - YA Paranormal Vampires
Published - May 18th 2010
Publisher - Razorbill


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. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever.


Rose has returned to the court where Lissa is staying before school starts. However Dimitri still haunts her and now he’s sending her notes letting her know he’s close. She’s also graduating becoming an official guardian hoping that she will get Lissa as planned. Her trip to Russia provided her with lots of information about Lissa and her connection with spirit plus the potential to return Dimitri back to his Dhampire self. But that’s not all she also learned that her father was the mob boss Moroi who wanted her back at school. The only way that they will learn how to cure Dimitri is though Victor the one who kidnapped Lissa in the first book and forced her to heal him.  

Rose though she wants to save Dimitri she’s not thrilled with the prospect of having to work with Victor and after confronting him he refuses to give Roberts location while still locked up. With the help of Lissa and Eddie the trio head off to Alaska to break Victor out of prison with the plan that he lead them to his brother. With Lissa’s spirit magic the trio make it in and out of the prison but Victor won’t give up Robert’s location but forces them to take him to Las Vegas to meet up with Robert. They get the way but not the how from Robert but are interrupted when Dimitri show’s up with his Strigoi.

While Rose is in trouble Lissa heads off to visit the college she will be attending in the future accompanied by Christian. The pair with the help of her guardians practices a little fighting learning about using a stake and it’s clear to Lissa she won’t be able to stake Dimitri but gets her chance when he and his undead vampires attack her. With Christians help she’s able to use her spirit infused stake to change him back into a Dhampire but suddenly everything has changed. Lissa has done the impossible and Dimitri knowing what he’s done to Rose refuses to see her. As if that’s not enough the queen has her own agenda that will change things for the Dhampires. Will things work out with Rose and Dimitri? Will Lissa and Christian get back together? What about the queens plans?

I love Rose she’s one of my favorite characters however I didn’t like her as much in this book as I did the prior ones. Maybe it’s because I like Adrian he’s just a good guy and I don’t like seeing him hurt. However she can’t change the fact that she’s in love with Dimitri and aside from his moments of Strigoi in the series I don’t blame her for being in love with him. Grrrr I hate love triangles. I love Lissa and Christian I hate that they broke up to start with but I hope it works out they are perfect for each other.

I loved that this book has more of Lissa in the story she’s growing as a character as well as her skills with her spirit magic. I didn’t care for Rose as much in this book as I did the prior, and it could come back to the love triangle. I like that we had more of Eddie in the story plus we also saw more of the Moroi which I also enjoyed. Just like the prior four books Spirit Bound is an action packed, intense, story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I just had to know what would happen next because there was so much going on. I find the concept for vampire academy unique and exciting one of my favorite series. The author had done a fantastic job creating another installment in the series and I’m dying to read the final book to see how it will all end. A must for all vampire fans. 
5 out of 5

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