Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

*Don’t read any further if you haven’t read the rest of the series. Inevitable spoilers ahead.

I had no idea what to expect with Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, but I was completely blown away.

D6479259imitri 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 she knows 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 now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. A LOT happens in this book, game-changers that affect so many futures. I have to start with an issue I had with this book — Rose’s relationship with Adrian. Don’t get me wrong. I liked the idea of them together, especially after what happened between Rose and Dimitri in Russia. I wanted Rose to move on with her life and be happy and Adrian has real feelings for her. However, the transition from Rose in love with Dimitri to Rose dating Adrian was way too quick. Even throughout the book, their dialogue and scenes together don’t really mesh, and I LOVE Adrian as a character regardless who he’s dating. I wanted more development in their relationship, which slowly came through towards the end. But with the giant twist near the end, all the character growth gets overshadowed. And just when you think there can’t possibly be another twist, there’s another and another AND another. I was blown away with the unfortunate downturn, but intrigued with the new set of challenges. I have no idea how Rose is going to get herself out of this one.

I honestly don’t think I can share anything else because it would be a spoiler. If you’ve gotten this far in the series, then you’re probably a fan. If there are any doubters out there, this series is so much fun and so unexpected, it’s worth the read.

STARS: 5 out of 5

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