Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Spirit Bound
Series: #5
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Format: Paperback (489 pages)
Dates Read: 7/31-8/4
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Salvation has its price...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Siberia, Dimitri's birthplace, 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 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 has 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. And in the end, is true love really worth the price?

Blood Promise left me so heart broken and I went into Spirit Bound hopeful things were going to get better. Richelle Mead didn’t disappoint! And there is so much that is packed into it. Spirit Bound starts off a little slow, but quickly the anticipation builds and it keeps you one edge through the entire rest of the book.

Rose is preparing to take her final trials because graduation is right around the corner and you feel nervous right along with her. She kind of doubts herself, and some of it has to do with not having Dimitri there, but you know she will do awesome because she is just badass. Despite all the trouble she gets into, they all know she is one of the best out there.

You feel the same nostalgia she’s feeling as she says her goodbyes and heads off to court. Since Rose is Rose, you know she is going to have to do something outrageous. Well, she definitely does that when she she decides to go free Victor from jail so she can help Dimitri. The entire time I just want to yell at her for being so stupid and I’m on edge thinking something is going to go wrong. From the moment they get there, everything is just so quick paced and it’s so thrilling.

I really wasn’t expecting things to happen so quickly. She had a few run ins with Dimitri as a strigoi and then bam, he’s better. It made me so sad for her though because I know how much that had to suck when he didn’t want to see her. I understand that he felt bad about the things she did, but she out right told him she forgave him and still loved him and I don’t see why she would lie to him. I think if she had just let him have some time though, he would’ve come around eventually once the shock and all wore off.

The ending was a total shock because even though Rose didn’t like the queen, she would never do something like that. I think she should’ve handle a lot of stuff better by not making threats and stuff because it’s so wonder she was the first person they’d turned to. Even if she didn’t mean that, most threats are taken seriously, especially when something like that happens. I think she needs to learn to think before she speaks because she wouldn’t get into so much trouble. And she felt terrible about what she said after finding out the queen was trying to do the best she could without making things worse.

I love Adrian, however, I don’t like him and Rose together. I don’t think they are right for each other the way she and Dimitri are. I don’t doubt that she loves him because he really is a good, genuine guy, but he just isn’t the guy for her. I think he is good for her though while she is working through all this since she doesn’t have Dimitri.

While Spirit Bound made up for a lot, there are still somethings that disappointed me, but it leaves you even more hopeful that things will work out better in Last Sacrifice.