"like the previous installments, a brilliant read"

Back at St. Vladimir's it is time for Rose to graduate. After a long and emotional journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose is happy to be back at the Academy and with her friends. Especially Lissa, who she hopes, despite the rules she has broken, will still be the Moroi she will guard when she becomes a full fledged Guardian. However Rose still yearns for Dimitri and he keeps sending her letters. Can Rose use the information she got in Siberia to free Dimitri from his Strigoi life?

With Lissa's help, Rose hopes to find more information about turning a Strigoi back. It will be hard to get the details they need and yet again the students will have to break a lot of rules. However Rose is determined, even if it means people will get hurt and she may not get the future she dreamed of.

Book five in the Vampire Academy is as suspense filled and addictive as the previous books. I know a lot of you won't have read this yet, so I am not going to give anything away. However what I will tell you is that the story is as thrilling as always, full of twists and surprises as usual and hard to put down.

I will admit I did find this book a little lengthy. There were moments in the story where I thought, 'this would have made a good ending', and wondered why there were still hundreds of pages left. However the cliffhanger that the author leaves the reader perching upon was a perfect, if not horrible, way to end things. What happens next is a story we all have to wait for, again.

All in all this was, like the previous installments, a brilliant read. Rose has grown up but is still the feisty girl we have all come to know and love. It is great to catch up with all the characters, good or bad, and see how well this world is evolving. The story was full of different adventures that all came to a very surprising conclusion. Spirit Bound has a lot happening in it and you won't see it all coming.

While this is aimed at young adults this is a series that all ages will enjoy. For the younger reader there is some violence and sex but nothing too over the top or in depth. Actually the author pushes safe sex! So this is a must read for me and I am sure for many more of you out there. If anyone hasn't tried this, or the author's other series, then I highly suggest you do. Richelle Mead sends a breathe of fresh air into every book she writes. She is one of the best Urban Fantasy writers out there and is not to be missed.

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted July 12, 2010


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 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

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampire

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Spirit Bound
(Vampire Academy: Book 5)
by Richelle Mead

Penguin USA (Razorbill)
April 1, 2010
Available: April 20, 2010
ISBN #1595142509
EAN #9781595142504
528 pages
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Other Books by
Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily
Succubus Revealed
Iron Crowned
Last Sacrifice
Kisses from Hell
Succubus Shadows
Blood Promise
Thorn Queen
Succubus Heat
Shadow Kiss
Succubus Dreams
Storm Born
Eternal Lover
Succubus On Top
Vampire Academy
Succubus Blues
Dreams and Desires

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