Title: Spirit Bound (Book 5 in Vampire Academy)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: RazorBill – Penguin Group Inc.
Release Date: May 18, 2010
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Siberia, Dimitri’s birthplace, 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 has 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. And in the end, is true love really worth the price?
Just reading that description should make you want to run out to the bookstore right now to pick it up, and I won’t discourage that! This book, true to form, picked up pretty much right where that last one ended, and then dipped right back into adventure, high treason, and action. Rose just can’t seem to keep still for long, and boy does that make for a VERY interesting plot. Whether she’s fighting physically or verbally – and all her weapons are razor sharp – Rose continually amazes me.
What I loved most about this book, though, (other than Rose’s supreme attitude), was that the plot description above? Yeah, that’s not evenhalfthe real story. When you get deeper into the book, there’s personal relationships, new discoveries, Court schemes, and a LOT of hell breaking loose. Everything seems to go to pieces at some points, and I really can’t even describe how detailed everything so that, even though it’s a lot of information and action in one book, you remember and enjoy every single bit that you can get your hands on.
Possibly the only thing I didn’t like about the book was that after Eddie’s involvement ended, about half-way through, you don’t see him again until the last couple pages. However, there’s so much else going on, including a HUGE shocker (and of course, little shockers along the way), that I hardly even noticed until I saw his name again that he had sort of disappeared.
However, the emotions in this installment were definitely running a high. And I’ll say it: I cried. Often. And I wanted to scream and hit something, especially when people were looking down on Rose. I definitely admire that aspect of her character, the ability to bounce right back with a snarky comment, and when she can’t she has the pride to not let people see her weaknesses. However, that also made the story more enjoyable, as well – because Rose was by no means perfect. Some of the best parts of the book were when Rose was proven wrong. Her voice through the writing just came through so well, and that really made the story so much more enjoyable.
Basically, I loved this book, and I can’t wait to start the sixth book, Last Sacrifice, later today.
**Note: There is some violence in this book, and a LOT of language.