Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Last Sacrifice
Series: #6
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover (594 pages)
Dates Read: 8/4-8/7
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Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.

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 guardian 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 life is about saving others, who will save you?…

I was so sad to start Last Sacrifice because I didn’t want to leave the Vampire Academy world. At the same time, I was excited to see how everything came together. This series takes you on an emotional roller coaster journey and this was a great way to end it.

Looking back on Vampire Academy, I see how much the characters have grown and they did even more from the first page of Last Sacrifice, to the last. I grew so attached to all the characters — Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, Christian and Adrian. Now I feel like I’ve lost my best friends.

There is so much thrown at you from page one till the very last, and most of it is totally unexpected. Rose was so vulnerable and that is a side you never really saw before. And after denying her in Spirit Bound, I was actually surprised how willing Dimitri was to help her. I was totally shocked by who did kill the queen and all the others things that happened there after.

While I loved how a lot of the things ended and came together, there were some things I wish would’ve worked out differently. I love Adrian and I wish things would’ve worked out better for him and I was so surprised that things for them ended and he was just gone. I felt so overwhelmed reading the last several chapters with both good and bad emotions — happy about some things, and sad about others. And I was also left wondering about some of the things that were brought up, but they ended abruptly without any idea what part they play later on.

This series as a whole just totally rocks. It sucks you in from the very beginning and has you on edge a lot of the time anticipating what is going to happen next. If you want a series with a lot of action as well as characters you connect with and become attached to, this is definitely a series you should pick up. And even if you aren’t looking for any of that, you should check it out anyway because it is just that awesome.