Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.
The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .
But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?
“Behaviors and feelings rarely line up,” she said, sounding very Dimitri Zen-like.
“Don’t take this the wrong way, but you’ve got some issues to work out.”
Well, it is the end of Vampire Academy. I first read this in 2010, and that feels like a lifetime ago. Despite knowing I read it, I honestly didn’t remember any of this book. I hoped things would start to come back to me as I read on, but that really never happened. It typically happens, even. I think that says everything about the end to Vampire Academy. Completely forgettable.
Problem is, it also doesn’t particularly end anything. By the end of the book, there is so many things left buggered up. After I finished the book, I was reflecting on everything that happened, and really came to the conclusion that we were supposed to fill in the rest of the details ourselves. Sure, there is a spinoff. You shouldn’t have to read the spinoff of a main series to get the end of the story. A series should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. If you’re going to have a spinoff, at least make sure your series ends in a place where everyone can be happy with where it ends. Apparently, because one thing happened, everything else that is to do with centuries of social conditioning and tradition. Who knew changing an entire society just required one event and not a lot of little ones afterward?
I loathe how I grew to hate almost every character in this book. Rose for obvious reasons: she is just so entirely self absorbed in her own shit, she is shitty to Adrian, she gets mad at everyone for being mad at her for not following directions, and she runs of and does her own thing the entire book without telling anyone. Rose is awful.
Surprisingly, I grew to dislike Lissa as well. She just annoyed me. She spends most of the book whining about things because her friends put her fate outside of her own control. When she finally stops whining about that, she finds something else to complain about. I was really tired of her perspective by the end of the book. And frankly, her perspective rarely, if ever, actually showed anything useful, entertaining, or worthwhile. It is all about Lissa’s trials to be Queen, which just seem incredibly silly to me. One test and then some questions? We have to spend this long with Lissa doing…basically nothing? Complaining? Thanks. It is also quite remarkable how Rose always manages to tune in right when we need her to to catch something from Lissa to make it a full story. Every book same thing.
For a first person perspective series, the main character of the series is not the driving factor. Rose matters in this series as little more than a wrecking ball. Come in, knock shit down, run away and let Lissa pick up the pieces. The entire series hinges on Lissa. By the end it was driving me crazy. Rose is an entirely selfish character, but she does so little to further her own self, all of it is centered on Lissa. Then that ending! Oh my god that ending, why the hell would Richelle Mead do that? The best part of the series, perhaps the only good part, and then she takes it away? AAAAA
Next on the hate train is Dimitri. Frankly, Rose and Dimitri deserve each other, the giant assholes. Dimitri was never one to control himself, he was never one to really put limits on Rose (though who can control the essence of the wild?). Dimitri always knows the right thing to do. Yet he never, ever does it. Rose and Dimitri have no control over themselves, and it hurts everyone including themselves. I hate them both right now. They’re so selfish. Adrian doesn’t deserve this shit, I don’t deserve this shit. Fuck them.
It is quite amazing how this is the sixth, and last, book in the series, and we’re still adding on instead of finishing off. It is no wonder the first three books have an average of 92k words, and the last three books have an average of 137k words. It is out of control how much is added for the sake of it. We have yet another secret society, this time pretty much no one has heard of before, and not just the students. We spend quite a lot of time exploring this new secret society for no real reason other than we could. To be fair, it is really weird for the world that is currently set up. Yet we’re doing this while we’re running away from several law enforcements, while we’re wanted for regicide, while we have to “save vampire society” by giving Lissa a voice in government. All that and still we have time to play around? Amazing.
If this was yet another installment to the series, I would have been much more lenient. Ending a series is always difficult. This just didn’t feel like an ending to me. I’m actually very disappointed in this.
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