Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blood Promise and Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #4, 5) by Richelle Mead: review

Goodreads rating: 4.44
Hardcover, 503 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Razorbill
ISBN: 1595141987 (ISBN13: 9781595141989)
Setting: Montana (United States), Russia
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
Goodreads rating: 4.49

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.


This series is honestly giving me miniature panic attacks! I know that's unhealthy but I can't stop. It's just that good. I have experienced more heartache with this series than I ever did with Twilight or The Mortal Instruments (although The Infernal Devices may be giving this series a run for it's money in that department). 
There's such a difference between the way these two start off. There's so much that changes so rapidly, but Mead spells it all out for you. I love/hate how the books get longer as the series progresses. To be honest, I've been flipping to pages past my reading areas (no, NOT the ending... that's just wrong), looking for some sign of hope in the darkness that has become this series. Blood Promise has barely nothing of that hope. I love re-reading series that are my favorite, but honestly, I think I'd skip this one for the simple fact that my heart would break for Rose all over again. Seriously, she needs a hug.

In Spirit Bound, I'm not sure how I feel about Adrian. He's a good guy, but we all know he's not meant for Rose. Only Dimitri is meant for Rose. But he's a Strigoi. Or... is he? I knew the author couldn't drag on the whole Dimitri-is-a-bad-vampire thing through Last Sacrifice, but I was still surprised by how it all went down. Lissa is finding ways to keep things from Rose, and to be honest I'm proud of her. Without Lissa, Dimitri would have remained Strigoi. It's so hard not to be cryptic in these kind of reviews. If you've read the books, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, well, you shouldn't be reading my review of the 4th and 5th book unless these two are next on your list.

I want to say more. I SOOOOO want to say more! But I can't ruin it. If you read my review of Last Sacrifice (which I'm still reading), then I'll share my thoughts more on how Spirit Bound ended, because seriously, it's killing me that I can't tell you! Pick up this series. It will make you feel anxious and have the urge to throw it across the room, but in the best possible way!


  1. I love Adrian, but you're right, Dimitri always belonged with Rose. I'm team Dimitri all the way! :D Hope you're enjoying Last Sacrifice it was my fav. book of the series! Wonderful review Nicole!

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  2. I just feel bad for Adrian! I'm about 3/4's of the way done with Last Sacrifice and there is so much tension!!! lol I almost just want to get it over with

  3. OMG I LOVE this series. At first when Adrian came along in the book I so did not like him but as the series progressed I began to like him (A LOT). I glad you loved it as much as I did :D


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