Sunday, January 1, 2012

Review: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #6
Synopsis (goodreads): IT ALL COMES DOWN TO NOW.

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

Review

Last Sacrifice was an amazing ending to an already amazing story. When the book begins, Rose has been locked away in a cell for a crime she didn't commit, killing the Moroi queen: Tatiana, who just so happened to be her boyfriend Adrian's great-aunt. The evidence was stacked up against her and it was very convincing. If she didn't do something, she would surely be sentenced to death for murder.

This book was full of ups and downs and twists like you wouldn't imagine, some of which I guessed at, others I had absolutely no clue were coming. Especially when we found out who the murderer actually was. I think my love for Dimitri grew the most in this book. Throughout the series, I've liked him and thought of him as a great match for Rose, but for some reason it wasn't until this final book that I really began to love him and believe he was absolutely the one for her. And as for Adrian.. well, lets just say I love him too. He's funny, sarcastic, and has a heart of gold, even thought he doesn't show it much to anyone but Rose. The things he had to go through in the past couple of books have really effected him in a way that I'm not sure he'll be able to come back from. 

There are a lot of people helping Rose during her, how should I put it.. conviction? Yes, I'll use that word. Because she had pretty much already been convicted of the crime that she didn't do. The Moroi were scared and wanted someone to blame for the murder of their queen. It didn't matter whether she was innocent or not; they needed a murderer and the evidence pointed straight to her. For them, that was all they needed. Enemies became friends, friends became enemies. Yet somehow good prevailed and won in the end (as it always seems to, which I consider a good thing). There are some things that I would've liked to know more about, but I'm hoping that as I read Bloodlines, light will be shown on those things that weren't spoken of at the end of Vampire Academy series.


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