Wednesday 21 July 2010

Review: Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead

Rose's life will never be her own.

Rose Hathaway has been outrunning death ever since she swore to be the protector of her best friend, Lissa, no matter what.

She's finally made it back to the haven of St Vladimir's but with Dimitri, the boy she once loved, stalking her, Rose can only run so far.

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.

Vampire Academy Series:
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice

Bloodlines Series: (This is a spin off from the Vampire Academy Series)
Adrian's Lost Chapter (Free Short Story can be read here)
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell
The Fiery Heart (Release date to be confirmed)

Visit Richelle Mead's website for more information

Although this review won't include spoilers for Spirit Bound as this is book 5 in the Vampire Academy series it may include spoilers for previous books.  If you haven't discovered this series yet then I'd highly recommend it - it is without a doubt my favorite young adult urban fantasy series.  If you're already a fan of the series then you need to read this latest installment as soon as possible - I'm not sure how I'm going to survive the wait until December to read the final book in the series Last Sacrifice!

In Spirit Bound Rose is back at St Vladimir's and getting ready to graduate - as long as she can pass the trials.  Due to the amount of school she has missed she has had to do a lot of catching up but has she done enough to pass?  Her dream has always been to be Lissa's guardian but with plenty of black marks against her name she is worried about what her assignment will be.  On top of that, since she failed to kill Dimitri in the previous book he is now stalking her, determined to kill her if she won't join him as a Strigoi.  She is safe while on campus but what will happen when she is out in the real world?

I don't want to tell you any more as it would be too easy to give spoilers but let me just assure you that Spirit Bound is as action packed as you'd expect from a book by Richelle Mead.  Alongside the action there is also a lot of emotion thrown in.  Rose has so much to deal with and she has grown so much throughout this series, she is definitely one of my favorite characters in a young adult series. 

We get to see a lot more of Adrian in this book & I really am liking him more and more.  I have to say I did feel a little sorry for him in this one - I didn't really like the way Rose treated him at times and I hope we get to see him happy by the end of the series.  I'm still a massive Dimitri fan but he had me on the edge of my seat this time.  The last book left me heart broken and things don't get much easier this time round but I'm still holding out hope for Last Sacrifice.  I would have liked to have seen more of Dimitri in this book but I'm sure he's going to feature more in the future.

Lissa impressed me this time round, she has at times been quite a selfish friend in the last few books but she finally starts showing how much she cares for Rose and actually going out of her way to help her.  Richelle Mead really is the queen of cliffhangers and Spirit Bound was no exception to this.  It has left me itching to get my hands on the final installment in the series & December seems like a very long wait. 

Source: Library

Other Reviews:
Ink and Paper
Story Wings
I'd So Rather Be Reading
So Many Books, So Little Time
Just Another Book Blog
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.


  1. The waiting for Last Sacrfice is endless. But what am I going to do when the VA series is over?! :)

  2. It's no secret that VA is my favourite YA series!Nice review,Sarah :)
    Here is a link to my review :

  3. Brilliant review, Sarah! Omgggg, the ending! And the thing! The thing thing! I'm sure you know which thing I'm on about? The only thing that really matters, sort of. Ooooh! I can't wait til Last Sacrifice! It's going to be amazing! But yet... I don't want this series to end! :(
    Thanks for linking to my review, I will do the same! :)

  4. @ So Many Books - I know what you mean Sophie, I can't wait for Last Sacrifice but I almost don't want to read it as I don't want it to end. I'm so pleased that Richelle is going to be starting another series in the same world even if it will revolve around different characters. I've added your link to my review :o)

    @ AtenRa - I've added a link to your review for you :o) This has to be my favorite YA urban fantasy series too LOL

    @ Jo - OMG the thing!!!!!!!!!! Yes it is the only thing that matters LOL. I NEED to know what happens next!! I can't wait for the next book but I have a feeling I'm going to cry when the series is over :o( At least we have more books to look forward to but I'm going to miss Rose & Dimitri (fingers crossed they'll make occasional appearances in the next series)



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