Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Title: Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #5
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Pages: 489

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?

All I can say right now is WOW! I need some more Dimirti and maybe a little bit of Adrian too. I just love this series and it is so sad that it is coming to an end in the next book, Last Sacrifice. I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read it again and again. In the last book, Rose failed in killing Dimitri and as soon as she graduates she will no longer be safe inside the school anymore and Dimitri is coming for Rose.

But Rose cannot forget about the possiblity of being able to turn Dimitri back into a dhampir again. What is Rose to do? Also if that isn't enough Rose is conflicting between Adrian and Dimitri. Dimitri is the lover of her life, but she has begun to possibly feel love for Adrian and finally a tragic event happens that could change Rose's life forever.

I cannot express how much I loved this one. I love Richelle Mead but through the book, she kind of killed me a little too. Rose is Rose of course and we wouldn't love her if she wasn't. I like that finally she graduates and is a guardian. We get to see her kick some serious ass in this book and boy, I would not want to get in this girls way. I felt so many emotions for Rose in this book. She really goes through a lot. Dimitri makes Rose weak and she makes some mistakes, but she rises from them and does with her heart what she thinks is right.

"You're beautiful in battle," said Dimitri. His cold voice carried to me clearly, even above the roar of combat. "Like an avenging angel come to deliver the justice of heaven." "Funny," I said, shifting my hold on the stake, "That is kind of why I'm here." "Angels fall Rose."

Adrian is a joy. I just want more and more of him. You can see that he truly cares for Rose and proves it on and on through this book. I really hope that everything ends well for Adrian. Again, I love the evil Dimitri, but I also love dhampir Dimitri. They are both gods. He is absolutely perfect. You really feel for Dimitri and want to be there and put his head to your chest and soothe him. It breaks my heart how much he torments himself with what he did.

I have to mention Abe, we find out from Blood Promise that he happens to be Rose's father. I really love this guy. He is a flirt, well more like the lady's man, sneaky and has an ulterior motive for everything, but I could tell through the last book , Blood Promise and through SPIRIT BOUND that he deeply cares for his daughter and truly wants her to have happiness.

I love all of the things about this man and I am really looking forward to seeing more of him in the next book. It is really hard to say everything I want without giving too much away, but there are a lot of surprises, things that may shock you, which one of the reasons I love Richelle Mead's Series. I love that excitement that she brings to her books that makes me hungry for more.

"He has no right to threaten my boyfriends. I'm eighteen. An adult. I don't need his help. I can threaten my boyfriends myself."

Rose and the gang spend most of their time at the Royal Court, so what can I say it spices up the storyline quite a bit and I love it. I think that it is a very important part of the storyline and in this book we have much court drama that drives Rose insane and builds up anger for Queen Tatiana. There are a few twists and turns with every Richelle Mead novel, but you have got to love it.

Basically, I lost some sleep because I could not put the book down, which indicates that this is a MUST- READ! The ending is another cliffhanger(can we expect any less from Mead) and it is driving me crazy. I am very tempted to find out how Mead will end this series and I am very much looking forward to the final Vampire Academy book, Last Sacrifice.


  1. the 4th one ruined the series for me, it was just so boring in my opinion. but i may one day read the last two.
    great review =)

  2. the fourth seems to be everyone's least favorite of the series, I can understand why, but I still loved it. You really should finish the series like the loved the last three books though. It is worth the read. =D

  3. I had to skim your review this time hon! I have yet to read this one, but Im reading it next and I cant wait for Last Sacrifice! =)

  4. This one was suuuuuper intense. I felt like every book in this series just got better and better. Can't wait for Last Sacrifice! 5 more days!

  5. yah! 5 more days. I can't believe it's almost here!