Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

“Dreams, dreams. I walk them; I live them. I delude myself with them. It’s a wonder I can spot reality anymore.”

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)

Rating: 4 stars

Spirit Bound is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, so you might not want to read this review if you’ve not read the previous books.

After reading Blood Promise, I was a little let down when I read Spirit Bound.  There wasn’t a lot of action and the plot seemed to drag in a couple of places.

Spirit Bound begins with Rose about to take her final test in order to become a guardian. If she passes, Rose will be free from the safety of St.Vladimir and a liability to Lissa with Strigoi Dimitri still alive and after Rose. Despite being at risk of being killed though, Lissa follows Rose on a journey to find a cure that could possibly turn Strigoi Dimitri back into a Dhampir. It’s a long shot, but Rose is willing to take the risk even if others’ lives may be on the line.

Spirit Bound fell short in comparison to Blood Promise because of the way Rose is portrayed. In Blood Promise, Rose is this kickass heroine who goes all the way to Russia to kill her one true love. Rose grows and matures on her journey to find Strigoi Dimitri. And although she is still impulsive and reckless, she comes to term with the fact that Dimitri is gone and even moves on to be with Adrian. I had even come terms with the fact that Dhampir Dimitri was gone. Unfortunately, in Spirit Bound, all that progress is washed away. Rose becomes obsessed with the possibility that she might be able to turn Strigoi Dimitri back into a Dhampir. As a result, she goes behind Adrian’s back, while still using his money, and breaks a criminal out of prison. She reverts back to her old selfish ways and loses all of her resolve.

It hurt to read this book, in both a good and bad way. This is because of Adrian’s one-sided relationship with Rose. Yes, he has a lot of vices, but his feelings for Rose were still so intense, so real. And to know Rose would always pick Dimitri over Adrian, no matter what, it stung. Also, Rose wouldn’t even let go of Adrian when she was searching for a way to save Dimitri. Nope, she just kept leading him on.  I couldn’t take it.

Lastly, at the end, the book leaves off on a cliffhanger, which I didn’t like. Usually Richelle Mead hints at something that’s about to happen, but that isn’t the case with this cliffhanger. It comes out of left field making Blood Promise feel more like a tool for the finale rather than a book that could stand by itself.

Overall, I did enjoy reading Spirit Bound. I was just a little let down after reading the spectacular Blood Promise. Nonetheless, I’m curious to see where Mead will take this and what will happen to Adrian in Last Sacrifice.

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