And I've finished another one of the Vampire Academy books and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, I'm not sure if I'm excited to start the last book and have the series come to a close as I'm so excited/anxious to figure out what Ms. Mead has in store, or if I'm completely heart broken to be done with this series. I think the end of the next book will answer that question for me but until I get there, please enjoy this review of book five, Spirit Bound. Once again, I will try and keep the review as spoiler free as possible, but as you know, I'm pretty dang excited about the series so a little something here or there may slip!
Spirit Bound takes our characters to new places. As their training and schooling at St. Vladimir's is coming to a close, reality sets in that our favorite vampires and guardians are going to be out in the real world. They'll begin with a return to Court. For Rose and the other guardians, this means learning of their placements after graduation and for Lissa and the other royals, it's a chance to learn about politics and meet those who they will be associating with for the rest of their lives. As it always seems to be the case with our friends, tragedy and turmoil are lurking around every corner. This book brings intrigue, excitement and shock as Mead writes a story that is no doubt setting up a beautiful finale for the series.
I will tell you that at first, I felt the book dragged a little. I was somewhat disappointed because I felt as though I was reading Blood Promise again, just taking in new information. As the story progressed, Mead began dishing out her typical shocking plot twists and turns and I ended up reading the last two thirds of the book in one sitting.
A lot happens in this fifth installment, and I mean a lot. We are treated to the highest of ups and the lowest of downs as we are forced to suffer along with our characters. Of course I won't be giving away any of the big deal plot twists but I will say that I am thoroughly enjoying Meads unpredictable storyline. So many stories that I've been reading lately are the same ho-hum story or have plots that you figure out after the first 10 pages. With the Vampire Academy series, I'm in a constant state of emotional turmoil as Mead puts my torn heart back together again only to break it once more. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining because this girl's got talent.
Well I think that's all I'm going to say for this one. I'm keeping it short and sweet so I can get on to Last Sacrifice and see how this wonderful story will end. Time to grab my tissues and a glass of wine.
8 out of 10
Happy Reading :)