I’ve got a book review for y’all today! Book #5 of the Vampire Academy series AKA Spirit Bound. It’s completely spoiler free for this novel but there may be some spoilers for previous books in this series. I’d like to think that this is more on the shorter side in terms of my reviews so enjoy!
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy (#5)
Publication: May 18th 2010 by Penguin Razorbill
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.
I enjoyed this instalment better than its predecessor. I found Dimitri’s storyline in the previous book really frustrating so I’m glad that situation has been resolved. I felt like some of the scenes were filler and made the story a bit directionless.
Rose always comes up with bizarre and somewhat reckless ideas and plans, so I’m always dreading that it’s going to go all wrong. (And that almost always happens). It makes an entertaining read but she engages in super questionable missions.
Get ready for some angst. And lots of guilt.
It took a while for the pace to pick up despite the action. I love Mead’s action scenes because they’re super intense and exciting. The ending (as always) was amazing. I was shocked by the ending but it’s a cliffhanger, so I’m super excited to get onto the finale!
The story starts off at The Academy again because Rose is graduating. And in a spectacular turn of events (and rash decisions), we end up in Las Vegas for a prison break-out. We get to dive into the vampire world of politics again later in the novel – lowering the age of graduation for Dhamphirs to protect Moroi. This argument brought to you by egocentric and snobby Moroi (and really makes me want to punch them).
I’m usually one to admire Rose but not in this novel. I found myself super annoyed with her actions and her desperation irked me. Her pining turned obsession for Dimitri was tiring (but this could just be me being an insensitive robot). Her judgement is seriously questionable and the growth I’ve seen in her character is declining. I found it difficult to justify her actions and respect her in this novel. Nonetheless, I’m still interested in what happens to her.
Lissa is a hit-or-miss character for me from book to book. I love her determination and willingness to help Rose in this novel.
I’ve grown to like Adrian over the series so I hate how Rose uses him. You can tell he genuinely cares for her and her doesn’t deserve to be exploited like he is. What’s worse is he ignores very clear signals that Rose has feelings for Dimitri and keeps on giving her chances. It’s just wrong.
I wish Eddie had a greater presence in this novel because it seemed like he fulfilled his purpose for the story and then went missing. And I like Eddie’s character. He’s strong-willed, reliable and a great fighter.
I found the relationship melodrama irritating and unnecessary. I not really “team anyone”. I just a resolution.
It seems like there’s going to be a new storyline in the last novel of the series and it seems super promising. I’m also hoping that these bad decisions decrease in frequency.
What did you think of the book? How do you feel about the characters at this point in the series? Thoughts on the relationships? Comment below!
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