Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #5)
May 18th 2010
Yummy Man – Dimitri / Adrian
Kick Ass Chick – Rose
“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.”
When I first “discovered reading” last year, I was bent set on reading only Young Adult (YA) titles. I had myself convinced that they would be lighter and easier reads. It was during that delusional time in my life that I discovered Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy” series. It came highly recommended and was very well reviewed online. I must admit, I really enjoyed them at the time. Yet, after succumbing to romance and urban fantasy novels geared for grownups, I found I was having trouble sticking by some of the YA series I had been reading. I was finding they were no longer able to hold my interest.
I have only been able to stick by a couple of series in the YA genre, and Mead’s “Vampire Academy” series is one of them. I think it helps that, although most of the series takes place in a school, the story is not focused on school life. The situations that the characters face are quite complex and more or less adult. In order to truly appreciate this series, you have to read all the books in order. The books are always fast paced and not filled with too much fluff – which I greatly appreciate for I detest redundant description, dialogue and situations. In “Spirit Bound”, the latest addition to the series, you get the usual twists and turns that really keeps you on your toes and makes you not want to put the book down. You also get to see some very welcomed growth from Lissa and Adrian – which leads me to my only issue with this series.
I really enjoyed the first couple of books. I loved Rose, I didn’t mind Lissa’s “woe is me” issues, and along with many others, I drooled every time Dimitri appeared on the page. After the first couple of books, I still enjoyed the series, but something was starting to irk me. I just couldn’t put my finger on what. Finally, while reading “Spirit Bound”, I was able to pin point the problem! Rose, the main character in the series, has experienced no character growth. She is the same in book 5 as she was in book 1! You would think that after running away with her best friend, then being caught and forced back to school, then falling for her instructor that she then followed to Russia because he had been turned to something evil, then being kidnapped by said “evil instructor” only to escape and kill him yet not quite kill him that Rose would mature just a little bit. You would think she’d start realizing that the world does not revolve around her and her whims. But no. Don’t get me wrong. Rose is quite the spit-fire and she is not unbearable to read. She’s even kind of fun! I just don’t know why Mead hasn’t gone somewhere more with her. Lissa’s character is charming and has really come on nicely. She is much stronger in this book and it’s nice to see. Adrian is not so full of himself and is actually yummier in this book! And even Dimitri shows extra depth. Why not Rose?
Overall, “Spirit Bound” is a good addition to the series. The big ‘wow’ that happened in this book took me by surprise – I expected it to take place in the last book of the series. But instead, Rose faces something that makes you go “say what now?” And for that reason, I am looking forward to the final chapter of this series. “Last Sacrifice” is coming out December 7th, 2010. (See cover and blurb below)
Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.