Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

February 8, 2014 Book Review, Young Adult 5 ★★★★★

Spirit BoundSpirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #5
Published by Razorbill on May 18th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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.

Welcome to Day 5 of Vampire Academy week at Forever 17 Books!

Guys, my box set still hadn’t arrived when I was ready to start this next installment. lol I realize I was flying through a book a day at this point (so rare for me and these later books are huge) but c’mon! Once again my local library’s digital options were there to help me out! As I have mentioned before, please be aware of spoilers of the previous books.

In Spirit Bound we have Rose back to St. Vladimir’s Academy with Lissa, Christian, Adrian and her other friends. Rose is struggling to move on from what happened with Dimitri, knowing that he is also out there, waiting for her. But she promised to try to move on with Adrian. Not sure that was the best decision ever but I do love me some Adrian. He’s so into Rose and trying to be what she needs. I felt a little bad for him because it was obvious she wasn’t as into him as he was with her. *sigh* But I remained faithful to my Rose/Dimitri pairing, trusting that it would all work out somehow. I mean, the group was working on the use of Spirit and how they might be able to use the power for new and unknown things, like changing Strigoi back to their Moroi or Dhampir selves. But of course, finding information about this comes as a huge price and involved breaking a few laws and working with people that were their enemy… And if that wasn’t enough, the politics of their world were also causing problems for our characters as the Queen seemed to be making some unfortunate decisions that greatly affect the dhampirs that protect them.

Phew. That seems like a lot going on, huh? It was great to see Rose and Lissa working together so well again. As I mentioned in my Vampire Academy review, this series really does have a strong theme of friendship that I realize I haven’t touched upon in the last few reviews as much as I should’ve. I was too caught up in all of the other ‘OMGGGG’ things happening, with good reason! These girls were more like family, in fact a lot of the characters were that to each other. The bickering, fights, and disagreements are there as well as undeniable loyalty and willingness to lay your life on the line for each other. Lissa really starts to develop into her own in this book. She can be a force to be reckoned with too!

Richelle Mead continued to amaze me with Spirit Bound. Like wow. I was full on expecting certain situations to be dragged out, at least until the end of the book, but instead the pacing was perfect and allowed me the chance to be surprised. The love triangle intensified, breaking my heart for all parties involved with the circumstances created. There were some really powerful scenes between characters I didn’t expect and the action continued to be amazing. At this point in the game I had no idea how the series would end in the final installment but I couldn’t wait to find out!


Vampire Academy Week:

Day One – Vampire Academy review + GIVEAWAY

Day Two – Frostbite review

Day Three – Shadow Kiss review

Day Four – Blood Promise review

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

5 Responses to “Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead”

  1. tonyalee

    I am loving your reviews! Although my rating for these are pretty high on goodreads, I think this one, overall, was my least favorite.

  2. starryeyedjen

    This was probably my least favorite book in the series, but even so, it was still so much fun! I did like you did and read them all back-to-back once the series was all released, and that is probably the best thing ever. 🙂 I also just bought the boxed set. 🙂 I really hope the movie isn’t as bad as everyone’s saying. 🙁
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  3. Alise

    Fun posts, VA is one of my favorite series ever. I saw the movie yesterday and while it wasn’t everything I expected, I enjoyed it. I would definitely see it again. As for this book, I agree with Jen-this book is my least favorite because the pacing seemed a little slow for me but I still gave it five stars 😉

  4. Ria

    okay I was afraid to read your review i’m only on book 3!! I’m such a slacker! I know!! LOL well…I have like 5 books in the way then I can finish these bad boys up!! I’m off to see the movie in a couple of hours! Eeeeep I’m super excited!

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