- Reading level: 12 - 16 years
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (18 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141331879
- ISBN-13: 978-0141331874
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vampire Academy - Book 5: Spirit Bound Paperback – 18 May 2010
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Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of the Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and Age of X series. Her love of fantasy and science-fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion at the University of Michigan, and, when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, keeping up with reality TV, and collecting 1980s T-shirts. Richelle lives with her family in Seattle in the USA.
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I have to admit that I was frustrated with the characters in this novel at times. Lissa's anger towards Christian was really pointless. I also was irritated with her and Dimitri's weird relationship in the latter part of the novel. With Rose still clearly in love with Dimitri, Adrian acting all hurt when he finds out that Rose is still very much taken by Dimitri was dumb. But Rose also shouldn't string him along, knowing that she can't fully give her heart away. I can get both sides. Come on, guys, we know that Rose and Adrian aren't going to get their happily ever after.
These small character annoyances were minor and overshadowed by the amazing second half of this book! In the last book, Rose finds out that there may be a way to turn a Strigoi back to who they were before. This consumes her and she goes to great lengths to track down the person who can help—Victor Dashkov. Crazy! We're talking a prison break and the whole nine yards.
There was a part in the last quarter of the book where I just wanted to swoon so hard. Richelle Mead gives us all what we wanted after more than two books, but not EVERYTHING we wanted. Rose is kept at a distance emotionally and Lissa of all people are in the way...UNTIL Rose is ambushed and a certain person jumps into protect her. SWOON. Seriously, so hot!
What I love about this series is that none of the books feel like filler. Every book is jam packed with action and has its own gripping storyline. Even though I've read this series before, I am so excited to get to the last book! I know what happens but that doesn't damper my enthusiasm. I feel like I'm reading this for the first time because I have such a horrible memory.
* I purchased this book myself.
This series is so addicting. Everything is culminating, and you can just feel the build up. Everything is going to hit the fan, and I want to be there when it does. *If you have not read the previous books, this will be slightly spoiler-ish.
3 things you need to know about this book:
1. Do the ends really justify the means?
So close to the beginning of the book, Rose has another one of her crazy plans: she’s going to bust Victor Dashkov out of Tarasov, the Moroi prison. Victor has been painted in previous novels as a selfish, power-hungry Moroi if there ever was one. He was willing to kill —and did kill to a certain extent —in order to get what he wanted.
However, Rose thinks that Victor has the key to turning Dimitri back into a Dhampir. Could it be true? Everyone replied with a resounding ‘no’, but obviously, it’s Rose and the impossible will somehow be possible when it comes to her. Yet, this begs the question if the ends justify the means. So many people get hurt, her friends are put in peril, and a known fugitive is freed from prison… but for what? For the sake of a single man (turned Strigoi)?
Rose is run by her emotions, and sometimes it pays off … other times it doesn’t. But in reality, this question is asked frequently and makes you wonder what you would do for the person you loved.
2. Dhampir vs. Moroi.
Again, I find this culture completely fascinating with how the Dhampirs willingly protect the Moroi at the expense of their lives; whereas, most Moroi never lift a finger, even to protect themselves if it comes to that. I found that the Moroi wanting control over the Dhampirs and that movement similar to that of the feminist movement —or should I say the opposition to the feminist movement.
Moroi have the desire to stay docile, and there are still many women who hold to that —and even more men. Yet, when a few Moroi stand up and really want to learn to fight, that creates absolute chaos. Moroi had once been fighters alongside Dhampir, just like women used to fight battles and rule nations, but fear has kept them scared and the disunity has created factions —something the Strigoi prey on.
3. Dimitri as a broken character.
*Slight Spoiler* Dimitri, after having been brought back, is quite the broken character, and I will say my heart broke for him as well. I loved that Mead showed his transformation in this fashion. He had killed so many people when he was a Strigoi, he lost part of himself. Just like killing people cause your humanity to chip away. I just really liked that she did that in this book, and I thought it was worth mentioning.
This was a good book. I felt like it was a bridge between Blood Promise and Last Sacrifice, but everything mentioned was exciting and valid, so obviously nothing was boring, but it didn’t keep me from thinking that this book was a bridge. If I remember correctly, I finished this book in 24 hours. It was an easy and quick read.
I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.
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