Warning: Cliffhanger (Why do authors do this to me? They must know I have no chill and have to start the next immediately when they do this.)
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.
“Yeah, that’s exactly what I want. To help my girlfriend get her old boyfriend back.” He turned away again, and I heard him mutter, “I need two drinks.”
Spirit Bound was definitely much better for me than Blood Promise. It doesn’t reach the high point of Shadow Kiss, but it was better. Not only is Rose back to where she belongs, she is starting to learn that her actions have consequences. Not enough to actually follow the rules from now on. But, at least she accepts that what she has done prior to this means she will probably not be able to get what she wants and she isn’t flying off the handle trying to get her way anymore. Progress!
There are two major points to Spirit bound, which is good since this is the penultimate book in the series and we don’t have time to be messing around anymore.
The first is that the conditions between the vampire factions are deteriorating even further. It isn’t just moroi vs. dhampir, but also royal vs commoner. Everyone is chiming in here. If you think it is bad in the start of the book, hold your books because it is going to get even worse before the end! And to think, I didn’t think it could get much worse than the Queen signing into law that 16 years olds are to join the guardian ranks! I actually really like the politics surrounding everything, I just wish something would happen with it instead of continually getting worse. At least the politics give us something to read about. That will have to be saved for the last book.
The second is Rose’s insane goal to “fix” a strigoi. Which starts with breaking Victor Dashkov out of jail. See what I mean by not following the rules from now on? This is insane not only because they have to break Victor out of jail, which should be impossible, but because no one has ever even heard of changing a strigoi back prior to this goose chase. Rose has to try, though. She loves Dimitri too much.
Only, this entire time, Rose is supposed to be with Adrian. She promised she would give a solid try of being with him. Yes, there hasn’t been much time between losing Dimitri for the second time and being with Adrian. Of course she is going to still want Dimitri. Yet all Rose does this book is think about Dimitri and try and save Dimitri. She never even spares Adrian a single thought. That doesn’t feel like a real try to me. It is so unfair to Adrian. Adrian is so sweet and he wants her so much, but she just doesn’t care about him the way he needs her to. I hate her.
I liked Spirit Bound more, but I will admit this is just setup for the last book in the series, Last Sacrifice. There is the massive cliffhanger that is more like it is “book split in two syndrome”. One last book before the end, and I’m sweating it. It is looking like it will be very difficult to top the high of Shadow Kiss afterall.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Vampire Academy series page!