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Book Review – Last Sacrifice

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Title: Last Sacrifice [Vampire Academy 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 592

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

At last we reach the end of this strand of the story. I for one cannot wait to go out and get my hand on the Bloodlines series which continues on the story in the perspective of Sydney and Jill/ The only reason I have yet to start reading this new strand is because I cannot the book in the size I want yet. My OCD does not allow me to buy a book that is in/relates to a series unless all the books can be put side by side on a bookshelf and all be the same size. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Considering that this is the last book of the series, I was a bit annoyed with the overall feel of the plot and what not. I did not feel as though I was holding my breath throughout this book, and since its the last one I expected to be put on the edge of my seat. I did get caught up in moment,s but previous books made me feel that way more. Lots of things happen in this book however, from being on the run, people getting brought back from basically death, election of a new ruler, and of course many many many love issues. I enjoyed it all, I just expected more.

We get quite a lot of Sydney in this book but her ending was left up in the air and you don’t really know what happens to her. Though I thought this was a good way to make people want to continue on with the other series to find out what on earth happens, I thought it was a bit lazy for this series if we overlook the new series. This happens with other people as well. Eddie was someone I really wanted to know what happened to, but other than Rose going I think I ruined his life you don’t get anymore information. This annoyed me greatly for two reasons. One because I liked Eddie and want to know what actually happened to him, and two because everything turned out great for Rose and I think its really bitchy that you get to know anything that happens to the lives she wrecked, even though she didn’t mean to. So many characters endings where just left loose and I thought that this was poor writing. I get that SO MUCH happened in this book, and you can only solve so many of the questions that are raised throughout the series, but it was still very annoying. The only person besides Sydney that I can understand why the ending might not have been mentioned is my poor Adrian. He was so crushed since Rose and Dimitri ended up together and he found out she cheated on him, but what more could you say for his ending? You would need much longer than a few words to round off his story. I have heard exciting news about him being a main character in the new series!!! Even Mia, who really doesn’t make much of an appearance once she moves to court, should have had more of an ending because for all this books at least Lissa is living at court and they are supposed to be good friends. Many character loose ends.

Another thing that annoyed me is that in this book, Rose and even more so Dimitri tended to give long boring speeches over and over again. I get that huge things have been happening in their lives, but I did not feel these speeches were needed in the slightest. They probably could have been said better in fewer words or at least happened less often.

But the biggest issue I had was with Rose and Lissa loosing their bond. I don’t get why it happened, and the reason given in the book though kind of makes sense, just wasn’t thought of enough or really satisfactory in the slightest. I feel as though the author got it in her mind that this needed to go away for everything to end perfectly (thought I don’t see why that was needed either, they were pretty used to it and could handle it pretty well by this point in the series) and then just did a rush job at removing it. It was a bit of an easy way out. Not everything needed to end perfectly for Rose and Lissa.

Despite all this, I did enjoy the book greatly. I have always liked the characters even though they sometimes annoyed me, and I was happy with what I got from each of them, It was better than nothing. Also, if you include the second series it could be a lot of the things that annoyed me in this book are fixed or explained there, though thats a bit of an annoying way to sell the rest of the books.

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Book Review – Spirit Bound

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Title: Spirit Bound [Vampire Academy 5]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 489

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

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 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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As far as theme and plot go, the start of this book seemed to go really slowly. Granted, serious stuff takes place but it happens steadily so I myself was not swept away with it. I would like to point out though that perhaps my feelings for how the pacing and stuff like that may be altered because I have read the series before and when it comes to major things in books (this means like who killed who what lead to what blah blah blah, I will forget things like their favourite colour and stuff along those lines) I generally remember everything that happens in the book regardless of how long it has been since I read it. Though it can happen, it can also be difficult to be as overwhelmed by plot and theme points when you know what is coming all the time. However, for at least the first half of the book I feel my lack of emotion was more to do with how it was written, because I became much more caught up in the second half of the book.

Even though I have that warning there before the warning even starts, I’m going to say it again now. I’m going to be talking about things that will totally be serious spoilers and could therefore destroy the book for you.

The moment I became more interested in what was happening didn’t happen until the fight that lead to Dimitri becoming his old self again, well physically anyway. This sparks a whole new level of character development between pretty much every single character in the book. The only one that really wasn’t effected by this was Eddie, who pretty much drops off the face of the planet after this point. So before I start talking about everyone else I should talk about him first. During a point in this book, Rose totally betrays Eddies trust and they pretty much have a huge falling out. If they ever get back to the same level of friendship again I will be surprised. I just add this as a notch on the ‘Rose will plow over anyone who gets in her way and barely look back’ belt. I like her, but God, she only ever has three people on her mind, and one of them is herself.

Moving on now to people who still happen in the books. Lissa and Dimitri develop a relationship now, where they didn’t really have one at all to begin with. She takes on this motherly protection of Dimitri and he looks upon her now as a goddess who freed him from hell. This new relationship, though understandable, seriously ticks me off and gets under my skin. These new outlooks they have for each other seriously affect the way they treat and deal with Rose. Lissa though still interested in her puts Dimitri at the top of her list of things to care about, regardless of how she may be torturing Rose in the process. Dimitri on the other hand has sworn her off completely. Though I get why they may act this way, someone has to look out for Dimitri and he is all filled with guilt and what not, and Rose is kind of a bitch, I think they both need to be punched in the face just a little bit. They are the only two other people that fill Rose’s mind, and they have thrown her off like a soggy towel to care for each other when they never even really used to speak. Specially Dimitri. Regardless of any guilt he may be feeling and the fact that Lissa did the final act of restoring him, Rose did huge, losing every other friend along the way kind of stuff, to get to the point where Lissa could help him. I personally think the guilt should make him want to be with her more, he has a lot of stuff to make up for.

All this also effects poor poor Adrian. Rose keeps tossing him back and forth because she has no idea what the hell is going on with Dimitri and she wants to be with him if Dimitri is out of the picture. I get this, but I like Adrian more than Rose, though I do like her, and I am going to take his side. Everyone treats him like dirt most the time, and he doesn’t deserve the way Rose is treating him. Rose and Dimitri belong together, its just a fact, and poor Adrian is getting hurt cause he is looking for love in a place that is just a lost cause.

The story ends on pretty much the biggest cliff hanger. Dimitri turning evil really has nothing on this ending because you get an idea of whats coming in the next book. With this ending however you don’t get that. I seriously suggest having the next book on hand because I don’t think you will want to stop reading until you get an idea of where things are going next.

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Book Review – Blood Promise

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Title: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy 4)

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 503

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123, 4, 56

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

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?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As you may have noticed already that this book fell one star short than the ones before hand.

The reason why this is because for most of the first part of the book it is soooo boring. I’m not saying that there wasn’t a single thing I liked about the first half. There was. Rose travels to Siberia and stays with Dimitri’s family. It was interesting getting to know more about him and where he came from, and to see how Rose interacts with a different set of people, a really normal tight knit family. Despite how her and Lissa are very close she really hasn’t had any interactions like that. It was kind of heart warming.

You also get to meet some new people, like Sydney, and Abe. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love Abe. He is shown as a complete stalkerish and threatening mob boss type person, but I can see the jerkish charm underneath that can still be caring and is just funny. He and Adrian both share a likeness, and I spose tha’ts why that they are my favourites.

But despite that the first half of the book Rose was not herself. She was mopey and weak willed and should pretty much could have been more thrilling if she was dead. I get that she was in mourning and all but she really went into the whole thing just way to much. Dimitri’s name came up WAY too much for someone that didn’t pop up until halfway through. I just never picturing her being so weak that she pretty much died when her guy kinda did. Serious character drop.

I also think that things happen just too easily to her considering she really had no idea what on earth she was doing in a part of the world where she doesnt even speak the language…. I just don’t think they should have gone that way. This messes with the time frame as well which I did not enjoy. Rose is only gone wondering the world and being kidnapped and tortured thing only happens just over a month. It should have been longer. There was a time where she was in Lissa’s head and stuff was going on with her then she goes back to her world and stuff happens to Rose and she was like “I don’t know how much time passed,” but then when she next goes back to Lissa’s head it was only if that the next day after the stuff that happened to her. This didn’t make sense because in Roses world even though she said that she didn’t know how much time had passed it was written like it was at least a few days longer than that. It was a serious flaw in the writing and really bothered me.

On page 386 is when Rose finally gets back to her old self, and where I started liking the story more. Lots of high packed theme moving stuff gets revealed and happens after this point and is what kept the story at a 4 star. The ending is a cliff hanger, but not as serious as the last one. This one you can see coming because its talked about, but the one at the end of the last book you just didn’t really expect Dimitri to die.

Page 386. That was the turning point. Just hang in there for page 386.

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Book Review – Frostbite

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Title: Frostbite [Vampire Academy 2]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 327

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3456

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this. But I’m going to warn you again, there is going to be huge spoilers in this because I just have to talk it. Serious, ruin the end of the book for you spoilers.

You get a lot more in this one that you got in the first one. It still opens up lots a questions that don’t really get answered because it is written in a very series like manor. You are satisfied with how much you get but it wouldn’t be able to stand on its own very well.

You meet the characters better in this one, its not just focused on Rose and Lissa though they are still the main characters. Lissa becomes a more complete and confident person, and Rose starts to struggle with a many guy issue, she has three of them throughout this book. She also starts to crumble a little bit mentally, but there are good reasons for this. One to do with her and Lissa’s bond which isn’t really completely touched on in this book, but the events towards the end also have the right to leave her tad unstable.

You get to see more of her friend Mason, which was both good and devastating at the same time. He is just a totally lovable and though I don’t think he and Rose should be together, he totally deserved someone better than her, she kinda jerked him around a little bit. I was heartbroken when he died. That scene at the end where Rose is standing over his body covered in blood and holding a sword because she just avenged his death and shes so in shock she doesn’t realise that help has come and shes about to go at them for coming near him, was really well written.

We also get to meet Adrian for the first time, and so far I think he is my favourite character. Most of the parts that had me laughing out loud had to do with him. One of my favourite lines which Rose says about Adrian is “I don’t think anyone had expected Adrian to suddenly take an abrupt trip to Crazyville.” You also meet Rose’s mother for the first time. They have a really awkward relationship. I didn’t really think she was developed all that well, but is hard to completely understand guardians personalities and feelings when part of their roles as guardians is to hide all those things and stay calm, level headed and focus only on those they are protecting.

You also get more action from the Strigoi which livened up the plot a lot more because they didn’t really make much of an appearance in the first book and they are such a big deal in this world which has been created. A lot more action happened in this one than in the first, but because it is written for a series lots of things arent answered or shown completely yet. They probably wont be until the end.

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Book Review – Vampire Academy

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Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 332

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have read this book before, and I have to say I liked it more this second time around. I thought I would start reading the Vampire Academy series again because the first movie will be coming out sometime in the near future, and I generally always think that people should read the books before they see the movies.

There are sooo many vampire books out there these days, and there a are lots that are all the same or just not worth reading. This one however to had a refreshing change. There are three different kinds of vampires in this book. There are the Dhampir’s, the mortal half human half vampires that posses strong will and bodies, can walk out into the sun and eat human food, they have no other powers. Then there is the Moroi, have an intolerance to the sun but still handle handle a little bit of exposure, require both daily blood feeding and human food, and posses powers of the earthly nature making them being able to wield the elements like fire, water, earth and air. They however are very weak of body, and do not posses much strength and are mortal. Last but not least we have the Strigoi, who feed off only blood, cannot handle any sunlight, are stronger and faster than the other kinds of vampire but posses no other powers. I thought this was a good way to put in all aspects of what people see vampires as, blood thirsty and cruel and then there are ones that care about life.

I also thought that the main character Rose was a nice change of pace. It was nice to have a female main character that can actually stand up for herself, thought at times she could be a bit much. If she was a male I would say that she was overcompensating for something, but I spose since she lives in world that is mostly filled with males, she might be. She develops quite a bit throughout the book, putting away some of her more teenage tendencies and wakes up to what she is taking on in being a guardian. Also, I loved the fact that the relationship between her and Dimitri doesn’t just explode and is happening straight off the bat. It slowly starts to build up, which I prefer.

The only other character you totally get to meet is LIssa. Not to say we don’t meet other characters, but not as well as we are introduced to LIssa and Rose. We get basic background and room to grow with the rest. I feel that Lissa’s character fell a bit short in general, but that might be the overuse of nice and friendly characters, the fact that she is quiet, and the fact that we are living inside Rose’s head. They try to let us see Lissa from her own perspective through the bond that they share, but really I don’t think we got enough of LIssa for the second main character. Perhaps she is still trying to workout who she is, so its a bit hard for us to know.

As for the plot and what happens in the book, we are given enough to feel satisfied with what happened in it, but you can tell that it is just warming up to things that are to come. We are introduced to a bunch of stuff that kind of but not really is dealt with, and really only one mystery is solved and thats at the very end of the book. There were a few grammatical errors that really annoyed me because the slightest one completely throws me out of the stories world, but I don’t know if many people would notice them or not.

So in conclusion, not really all that much happened on the grand scheme of things and we arent totally given the answers to many of the questions that are raised, but the character are enjoyable as is the story line and the whole idea behind the world we are presented, and by the end you are happy with what you are get, and I for one can’t wait to start the next one and get some more story.