Title: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Challenges: Read 'n' Review Challenge
First Sentence: "There's a big difference between death threats and love letters -- even if the person writing the death threats still claims to actually love you."
Summary (From book flap):
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Siberia, Dimitri's birthplace, 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 has 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. And in the end, is true love really worth the price?
My Two Cents:
This is, overall, the best young adult vampire series I have read. It's well-written, the world is rich and the characters aren't just a bunch of spoiled, whiny teenagers. However, this is my least favorite book in the series so far.
When last we left Rose, she thought she had killed her love Dimitri, who was turned Strigoi (The worst kind of vampire). But, he wasn't dead. This book picks back up at St. Vladimir's with Rose reading another of Dimitri's notes to her in which he tells her she is fair game as soon as she leaves the academy's gates.
The main action of this book really takes place within the first 150 pages. After that, it's just a lot of walking around and talking and a lot of Rose getting upset. It's still a pretty solid book, but it just does not live up to the other four books in the series. Sure, there's a pretty good twist at the end that leaves plenty of material for the final book, but it just wasn't what I had hoped it would be.
Even though this installment was a bit disappointing, I still would recommend this series to anyone who likes vampire literature. If you've read Twilight and think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, please, do yourself a favor and read this series instead. You'll never know what hit you.