BOOK REVIEW: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Series, Book #5), by Richelle Mead

RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2010
PUBLISHER: Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin)
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased

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 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’s 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. In the end, is true love really worth the price? 

Fall in love with Rose and Dimitri all over again in Spirit Bound, the eagerly awaited fifth novel in Richelle Mead’s enthralling Vampire Academy series.


Finding a new book to read is never usually a problem in my house – especially when my To-Be-Read pile is constantly getting bigger and bigger. However, when I get a new book in the mail, it’s usually bumped to the top of the pile, which was the case when I received Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, the 5th installment in the Vampire Academy series.

When the last installment ended, the reader was left wondering what would happen to Rose, as Dimitri (her former teacher and lover) was obviously not as dead as Rose thought he was. This was not something I was looking forward to reading about – Dimitri’s hunt to find Rose – as I am a huge fan of Rose and Adrian being together. Dimitri has kind of fallen off of my bandwagon, so to speak. Adrian, however, has changed leaps and bounds throughout this series and after finishing Spirit Bound, I wonder why Rose is still so attached to Dimitri.

Yes, she slept with him. Once. Obviously that means that Dimitri is the one she’s meant to be with.

Richelle Mead, if you’re reading this, I will be very disappointed if this series ends (which will happen – the 6th book, due out at the end of the year, is the FINAL installment) and Rose and Adrian are NOT together. Dimitri has run his course. I’m bored with him.

Love triangle aside, there was still a lot going on in this book to keep a reader like me (that is, a reader who has quite a bit of non-reading things on her To-Do list) interested. Victor is let loose from prison by Rose and Lissa and promptly finds the time to escape from their clutches; Queen Tatiana is found dead and Rose is framed for the murder; Dimitri is turned back into a dhampir by Lissa and avoids Rose at all costs; Lissa’s dad turns out to have had a mistress and maybe an illegitimate child; the graduation age for guardians is dropped to 16 years of age; and Adrians’ father turns out to be a complete tool.

See? Very important stuff going on here.

The only thing that left me hanging was how Victor’s storyline seemed to drop off the face of the planet (the face of the book?) and everyone starts worrying about everything, except the very dangerous man who escaped from the can’t-be-penetrated prison.

As much as I hate waiting, I know I will devour the final book, Last Sacrifice, when it is released. I just hope Richelle Mead can write a killer ending!


One thought on “BOOK REVIEW: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Series, Book #5), by Richelle Mead

  1. As much as I agree with you that Rose should end up with Adrian, I have a sick feeling that she’ll end up with Dimitir. Because it’s like you said, they sleep together once, so obviously they’re meant to be together. Especially after she wasted all of Blood Promise searching for him (really dissapointing book in my opinion). I feel like too many of these types of books end with the main character choosing to be with her first “true love” regardless of what happens when they aren’t together, because authors tend to think that’s what their readers want. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope Mead isn’t one of those writers.

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