Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review: Spirit Bound

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Synopsis (From Goodreads): 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 Dragomir. It's graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives outside of the Academy’s cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri. 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.

But Rose can't forget what she learned on her journey—whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose's prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what—and who—matters most to her. In the end, is true love really worth the price?

After leaving St Vladimirs to hunt Dimitri, Rose has returned and has promised to continue her schooling so she will Graduate and maybe stand a chance of being Lissa's guardian. But, she has left unfinished business. Dimitri has survived and now he's the one hunting her and she knows that this time he will kill her if he catches her.

Rose knows that it's either Dimitri's life or her own, only she can't forget the rumours that there might be a way of saving Dimitri. Will Rose be able to find the answers to this magic or will she be able to sacrifice her love to save the one's that matters most when the time comes?

The fifth installment of Vampire Academy sees the characters graduating from St Vladimirs. I have grown to love these characters. Rose is very loyal but very headstrong who won't put up with any bull. She does have a weakness and that is in her love for Dimitri, and this weakness might end up getting her and everyone around her killed.

The one character I felt really sorry for was Adrian. He would do anything for Rose, but she's still infatuated with Dimitri. Parts of the story made him feel like a doormat for Rose rather than the guy she was currently involved with.

While the story, at the mid-way point tended to drag a little as Mead focused a lot on the political aspects of her society, it built up to a perfect cliff hanger to lead into the final book of the series, Last Sacrifice.

I look forward to seeing how this series ends.

Cover: I absolutely love this cover. The close up faces of the characters shows so much emotion. If I didn't know what the story was about I would definitely pick it up based on the story.

Plot: 4/5 stars
Ending: 5/5 stars
Cover: 5/5 stars
Overall: 4.5/5 stars
2011 YA Reading Challenge: #3 of 50


Jan von Harz said...

I have yet to read this series, but have heard so many great things about it I know I really need to check it out. Your review definitely adds to curiosity as it sounds like a series I would really enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I also checked out your website and am very interested in reading Haven as I love the setting and your MC sounds like someone I would love to meet.

Jenny said...

I adore this series! This books and the prior book were difficult for me to read just because I'm such a huge Dimitri fan, but I did feel sorry for Adrian. I enjoy him but it's always been Dimitri for Rose in my head:) Can't wait to see what you think of Last Sacrifice!

Lydia Kang said...

I still haven't read this series. You're going to think I'm nuts but I don't like the cover. I don't like seeing the characters in such detail because I like my own imagination to fill some of it in!
Still, your review really makes me want to pick up the books...

Unknown said...

Excellent review! I still haven't picked this up and I really need too! So many good things are being said about it.

Kristin Rae said...

I'm reading the first one right now--it's not exciting yet, but I keep hearing great things about it.

Alleged Author said...

I LOVE books where you grow to understand the characters with every sequel.

Another great review! Keep it up! You are going to drive me into the poorhouse with all the books you review. You'll have to tell my hubby why we can't afford his food in a couple months. :P

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