Title: Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group
Published: May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover ($22.50 CDN)
Age Group: Young Adult
Other books in this series: Click here for a listing of books 1-5
Book: Provided by Penguin Group Canada
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From The Publisher:
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 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's silenced her... forever
I have been anticipating the release of this novel from the moment I finished reading the last sentence of book four, Blood Promise in August of 2009. I was extremely excited and very thankful when this book was delivered right to my door courtesy of Penguin Group Canada.
From beginning to end this book met my high expectations and at times exceeded them. Richelle Mead is an extremely talented author whose descriptive writing style and dynamic protagonist make for one of the most entertaining, suspenseful, and enthralling reads in the young adult series fiction genre.
After a unique and unexpected test at graduation Rose, Lissa, Adrian and the rest of their graduating class make their way to the royal court where in addition to the main plot, further court intrigue, secrets, and deception are revealed. In the previous novel Blood Promise, it was revealed to readers that there may be a way to restore a Strigoi (a Moroi who has taken an innocent life and become an undead vampire) to a Moroi. This myth, however unlikely, is one that Rose must discover the truth of if she is to save the love of her life Dimitri. It is this particular plot thread that had me so engrossed in this novel, reading the pages as rapidly as I could to discover if my questions would finally be answered.
As a protagonist, Rose presents herself as a tough kick-ass heroine but as you read through her inner dialogue you realize there are more layers to Rose then one might have previously thought. Her unique relationship to her best friend Lissa Dragomir is one I enjoy reading about, especially when more information is revealed regarding Lissa's gift of spirit and the effects of Rose being Shadow Kissed. When Adrian was first introduced I didn't find him a particularly enjoyable character despite his quick wit and suave attitude. Over the course of the last two novels as I learned more about the reasons why Adrian does the things he does and he revealed a more selfless attitude I developed more respect for him and his playboy ways. While I miss the old tension, suspense and anticipation between Rose and Dimitri that was a main theme in the first few novels, the tragic circumstances that turned Dimitri into a Strigoi and as a result has him hunting Rose with the intention of killing her, allows the reader to experience the same themes in a different way. As the newest book progresses readers can definitely expect the dynamics of Rose's and Dimitri's relationship to once again shift in unexpected and thrilling ways.
While I will leave what happens between Rose and Dimitri for you to discover I will say it was unexpected and left me frustrated in all the right ways! As with all Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy novels the end will leave you with more questions than answers and if your anything like me you'll be pulling your hair out when you realize the book is over and you have to wait or the next one to come out. Readers will be happy to know the wait is not to long as we can expect the sixth novel in this series, Last Sacrifice to be released December 14, 2010.