Saturday, July 18, 2015

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


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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 she knows 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 now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever.

MY TAKE:
Still not better than Shadow Kiss, but this book was mostly okay.

In Spirit Bound, Dimitri is now coming after Rose. What he doesn't know is that Rose and Lissa have found a way to turn Strigoi back. Will they succeed, and if they do, what happens then?

One of the things I liked most here are the action scenes, of course. One particular scene that didn't have as much description as I would have wanted was Rose's final guardian test. What was described was pretty cool, but the lack of specifics for the rest kinda took some of the awesomeness away. It would make a pretty good movie scene, though.

I also liked all the angst between Rose and Dimitri here. I mean, I wouldn't want it to continue for too long, but here it feels necessary.

The reason why I didn't really like this book, though, was Rose and Adrian. I despise Adrian with every fiber of my being. At first he was charming, but now he's just a d*****. Rose isn't any better. Now I'm all for the occasional love triangle if it's done in a way that creates sympathy for everyone involved. However, with this one, it just made me dislike Adrian and be annoyed at Rose. Rose doesn't seem to know what she really wants with Adrian. She's trying to force something there, I think mostly out of anger and hurt because of Dimitri. Her attitude towards him seemed more like a friends-with-benefits thing rather than a love thing. Sigh. Adrian has made sure that I have very little fond memories of this book.

THE GOOD:

  1. Rose's guardian test was badass.
  2. Rose and Dimitri angst.
  3. The action scenes were cool. 

THE BAD:

  1. Rose and Adrian's relationship. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
“Don't fight them anymore.I'm going to go with them."
"No. I won't let them take you."
"You have to," I begged.
He was breathing hard, every part of him braced and ready to attack. We locked gazes, and a thousand messages seemed to flow between us as the old electricity crackled in the air.”  
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to know what happens next in the series.
  2. You are curious about what happens between Rose and Dimitri.
  3. In a love triangle, you prefer the charmer over the steady guy. 

RATING:
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