Review: Vampire Academy #5, Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

6479259Blurb from Goodreads

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 she knows 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 now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

Paperback, 489 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Razorbill (first published January 1st 2010)
edition language: English
series: Vampire Academy
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

My Thoughts

I started reading Vampire Academy series years ago, a few years after I read Twilight. At first I was kinda hesitant to read it after my not-so-good experience with Twilight but my friends convince me that it’s a good series. I picked Vampire Academy up just to shut my friends up ๐Ÿ˜€ And then Rose Hathaway shut me up with her kickass attitude and her wth-I-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-me personalities. She is the main reason I really liked the series.

Then two years ago I read book 4, the one that I really looking forward after major cliffhanger in book 3. Turn out what I was looking forward didn’t live my expectation. Rose Hathaway in Blood Promise wasn’t the kickass heroine I know from the first three books. I was so disappointed and (once again) hesitant to pick its sequels up.

When I finally picked this book up, I kinda wished that Rose will be back to the Rose I love, not Rose from Blood Promise. Unfortunately she’s still true to her personalities that I didn’t quite like. She likes to whine and gets all emo every time she faces Dimitri. She keeps telling me seeing him as a Strigoi had been hard for her. I know she loves him but reading that particular sentence over and over was so annoying. She’s self-center and takes everything and everyone for granted.

After 4 books, I thought she can be more mature and responsible. But nope, she’s still reckless and in the process she drags her friends down and doesn’t even realize it. As a guardian, I really hope she acts like a true guardian, the guardian whom Dimitri taught in St. Vladimir. But I never see her as a guardian here. She’s still Rose I-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-me from St. Vladimir. And it really annoying and frustrating me!

If it wasn’t because my promise to finish series I’ve started and its spin-off, Bloodliness series (love Adrian!), I might not finish this series. But here I am, reading book 5 and so eager to read final book just so I can read Bloodlines series.

Result: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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6 thoughts on “Review: Vampire Academy #5, Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

  1. Blood Promise and Spirit Bound were my least favourites from this series.But don’t worry, Last Sacrifice is a lot better.Rose will be a little annoying, but Last Sacrifice is so action packed so it won’t matter much.
    I am sure you’re going to love Bloodlines! It’s one of my favourite series ever.Adrian and Sydney have such amazing chemistry.

    Mishma @ As the page turns

    • Hi Mishma, sorry for my very late reply ๐Ÿ™‚

      Glad to know that! I’m gonna buddy reading Last Sacrifice next week. Hopefully this time I won’t put it on hold again (I’ve started it a couple chapters 2 months ago but then was bored and put it on hold). And soooooo eager to read Bloodlines since I love him more than Dimitri ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Interesting! You made some valid points about Rose’s character after Blood Promise. Overall, I liked this book though. I just started the Bloodlines series, and finished The Indigo Spell a few weeks ago. I think, for me, I like the VA better (but I do love Adrian as well).

    • Thanks! I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to finish the series. I’ve been putting on hold the final book for almost 6 months, I think. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, though. I really liked the first three books.

      • Actually, I understand. Usually with most ya series, I have a hard time marathoning or reading them so close to each other. I like the writing and authors, but I don’t know, I need breaks. (But I also can’t stand it when publication/release dates are so far apart as well. Haha.)

  3. Haha, I feel you. But I prefer to read series marathoning or read them back to back, though. I just dislike the feeling when I have to wait for the next book to be released. Well unless I’m so eager to read it, which is mostly what I feel for most of books lol

    Btw, how’s Adrian in Blookdlines series? I’m thinking to read it next month, which means I have to finish Last Sacrifice by the end of this month. I have to force myself to read it though. Finger-crossed I can do it haha.

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