Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5)

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, by Richelle Mead, is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series. After Rosemarie (Rose) Hathaway returns to St. Vladimir's Academy to finish her education, several thoughts are running through her mind. She cannot forget her former lover because she discovers his new life as a ruthless Strigoi (undead vampire). This revelation aches her so much because she still loves him. She passes her guardian examination near the top of her class, and can finally start a new life as an adult outside the school grounds. She gradually starts a new relationship with Adrian and heads to the Moroi headquarters with her best friend, Lissa.

Meanwhile, Dimitri sends her letters stating that she's watching her, and she knows he is hunting her whenever she leaves the protection of the wards. Nevertheless, she cannot forget what she learned from her trip in Siberia: there is way to heal a Strigoi. This hopeful message forces Rose to develop a plan. This means a visit from the man who tried to kill her best friend. Before Rose can reunite with Dimitri, she has several obstacles in her path: who is more important to her? Lastly, can she face the consequences for her actions? More danger lies ahead of her if she is not careful.

I read this novel in a week. Seriously, it only took me seven days to read nearly 500 pages. I enjoyed this story very much, and I am still anxious for more information about Rose's future! Each chapter compelled me in such a way that I did not want to stop reading. I have been reading vampire mystery novels since high school, and this is one of the best young adult vampire series out there today.

I love Richelle Mead's writing style. Her stories are easy to read with suspense, romance, and action. She has a great command over her character's development and the complicated emotions that can happen when friends and lovers are apart. I sympathize with Rose because her life was torn upside down when she lost Dmitri. Now, she must prove her innocence before the Moroi Court or face death! There are so many twists, but it makes the plot even more interesting and mysterious.

Stay tuned for the sixth and final novel in the Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice

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