This post will contain reviews of both Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead and may contain spoilers.
Spirit Bound is the fifth and penultimate book in the fantastic and addictive Vampire Academy series. I put off reading this book for a long time, I'm not quite sure why. I thought that Blood Promise, the fourth book in the series hit a real high and for me, these following two books in the series didn't quite live up to the emotional roller coaster that was Blood Promise.
But I did still love it. I love the world that Richelle Mead has created, I love the characters and they way in which they interact with each other. I love how very kick-ass Rose Hathaway can be, even when she is still pining away for turned-Strigoi Dimitri. In this book, Rose is a girl on a mission. She's learned a few things during her time in Siberia and she's latched onto this rumour that there is this possibility of restoring a Strigoi's soul. Now that she's graduated and become a fully-fledged Guardian, she takes massive risks in order to gain the information that she needs.
Throughout this all, there is this ongoing drama between Lissa and Christian, there's the brief snippet here and there of Rose's father (which I loved!) and the ever-suffering Adrian and his feelings for Rose which are clearly not returned. I really feel bad for Adrian and I desperately want more for him.
Reading a Vampire Academy book will always be filled with action, romance, emotion and more than anything else, surprises. I was not expecting the turns of events that occurred, but I do so love and admire Richelle Mead for keeping us all on our toes!
If I'm honest, I don't have that much to write about Last Sacrifice. It's a book that I was so desperate to read that I read it probably too quickly intent on getting to that all-important last chapter in which I finally know, for sure, if these beloved characters of mine would get their happily-ever-after.
I wish now that I'd read this book a little slower, took in more of the details, but it really isn't that type of book. Reading this book felt like a mixture of desperation, excitement and anxiety all at once. And I am very happy with the ending. I finished this book with a content smile on my face and with the lovely thought of a spin-off involving Sydney, the alchemist. I really couldn't be happier. I'm excited to read more books set in this same world but nervous about the change in perspective. Will I love another character as much as I loved Rose Hathaway? We shall see. A wonderful conclusion to one of my favourite ever series of books!