Review: Spirit Bound (VA #5) by Richelle Mead

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
This series is so addicting. Everything is culminating, and you can just feel the build up. Everything is going to hit the fan, and I want to be there when it does. *If you have not read the previous books, this will be slightly spoiler-ish. Actually, this review contains slight spoilers, so yeah.

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon
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. (Goodreads)

3 things you need to know about this book:

1. Do the ends really justify the means?
So close to the beginning of the book, Rose has another one of her crazy plans: she’s going to bust Victor Dashkov out of Tarasov, the Moroi prison. Victor has been painted in previous novels as a selfish, power-hungry Moroi if there ever was one. He was willing to kill —and did kill to a certain extent —in order to get what he wanted. 

However, Rose thinks that Victor has the key to turning Dimitri back into a Dhampir. Could it be true? Everyone replied with a resounding ‘no’, but obviously, it’s Rose and the impossible will somehow be possible when it comes to her. Yet, this begs the question if the ends justify the means. So many people get hurt, her friends are put in peril, and a known fugitive is freed from prison… but for what? For the sake of a single man (turned Strigoi)? 

Rose is run by her emotions, and sometimes it pays off … other times it doesn’t. But in reality, this question is asked frequently and makes you wonder what you would do for the person you loved.

2. Dhampir vs. Moroi.
Again, I find this culture completely fascinating with how the Dhampirs willingly protect the Moroi at the expense of their lives; whereas, most Moroi never lift a finger, even to protect themselves if it comes to that. I found that the Moroi wanting control over the Dhampirs and that movement similar to that of the feminist movement —or should I say the opposition to the feminist movement. 

Moroi have the desire to stay docile, and there are still many women who hold to that —and even more men. Yet, when a few Moroi stand up and really want to learn to fight, that creates absolute chaos. Moroi had once been fighters alongside Dhampir, just like women used to fight battles and rule nations, but fear has kept them scared and the disunity has created factions —something the Strigoi prey on.

3. Dimitri as a broken character.
*Slight Spoiler* Dimitri, after having been brought back, is quite the broken character, and I will say my heart broke for him as well. I loved that Mead showed his transformation in this fashion. He had killed so many people when he was a Strigoi, he lost part of himself. Just like killing people cause your humanity to chip away. I just really liked that she did that in this book, and I thought it was worth mentioning.

Final Thoughts:
This was a good book. I felt like it was a bridge between Blood Promise and Last Sacrifice, but everything mentioned was exciting and valid, so obviously nothing was boring, but it didn’t keep me from thinking that this book was a bridge. If I remember correctly, I finished this book in 24 hours. It was an easy and quick read.

I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads

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