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

Synopsis: Salvation has its price.

The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. "You're lying. What you're describing is impossible. There's no way to save a Strigoi. When they're gone, they're gone. They're dead. Undead. Forever."

Robert's next words weren't directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. "That which is dead doesn't always stay dead...."

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. Source

Plot: I love the VA series and I was excited I finally got my hands on Spirit Bound. I have to say that this is my favorite book out of the series so far. Don't get me wrong, I loved the rest of the books. But, I will admit...I balled over this book. I was glad that the book had it's large amount of action like it always does, but there were so many plot twists and intense romance that I had some tears slip. This book had so many plot twists that I was confused on my feelings towards some of the characters. Like, for instance, Lissa. You do see her become stronger throughout the book, but that starts to hurt Rose. I was glad that Lissa was growing a backbone for herself, but it seemed like she was pushing the right people away and letting the wrong people in. I did, however, like the ending and can't wait to see what happens next.

Characters: Rose-I'll do just Rose since she was the lead character. As always, I love Rose. She reminds me of myself: outspoken, persistent, and...well, let's face it...nosy. Rose was the one that really caused my tears. She's so used to composing her emotions to become a guardian that when her fears are brought to life and her hopes are diminished, she doesn't know how to deal with it. She gets herself into enough terrible situations and more are coming for her.

Cover: Loved this cover! I'm guessing that it's Dimitri and Rose, but I was thinking that Rose's hair was more of a chocolate color and Dimitri's hair was longer. But, then again, it's just a cover, so I won't criticize every little thing. This cover is beautiful though, just like all the rest.

Overall Rating: I give this book a four out of four. If you can make me cry over writing on a page, you get a four in my book. I'm so excited for the last book, Last Sacrifice. Spirit Bound has gotten me jazzed up for what's coming and I'm truly hoping that some more raw lovin' goes down!
Peace and Fangs,
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