Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #5
Synopsis (goodreads): Salvation has its price.
The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. "You're lying. What you're describing is impossible. There's no way to save a Strigoi. When they're gone, they're gone. They're dead. Undead. Forever."

Robert's next words weren't directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. "That which is dead doesn't always stay dead...."

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? 


Sometimes when I read a book and I make assumptions about what will happen next and I'm right, I hate that it was so easy to guess at what was going to happen. But in the case of Spirit Bound, I was not in the least disappointed. I loved that I was right about Lissa finally becoming the person that I always felt she could be. She helped Rose with some pretty crazy schemes, and she stuck by her side through it all. She even did some things that I thought she could never in a million years do. I always thought she was this fragile little person who always let everyone else do the dirty work, but she got in there and showed her abilities and what she could do and proved us all wrong.

My heart aches for Rose in this one though. There are some happy things that happened to her, but then in some areas, things just completely fell apart for her. Especially in the end. I'm also heartbroken for Adrian. I love him as a character; I think he's an amazing person and that he deserves to be loved, but I just can't seem to get Dimitri out of my head, just as Rose can't. 

I really don't want to say much more than this because if I go into too much detail, I'll give away some very important information about the book and I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it or the series yet. So I guess I will leave you with the fact that I absolutely loved it. It's probably one of my favorite books in the series, if not the favorite (so far). And the ending caught me completely off guard. I had no idea it was even coming. I can't wait to find out the truth behind it all in Last Sacrifice.

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