Narrator: Emily Shaffer
Series: Vampire Academy #5
Published by Penguin Audio on May 18th, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Young Adult
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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.
Urgh. Series. Why do you anger me so yet still keep me going. (Adrian.) On the bright side, Spirit Bound was an improvement over Blood Promise, but then again that wasn’t too hard. The RAGE this book filled me with though. Sadly, you do not read Vampire Academy for plot. You read it for swoons. And well. I’m no longer swooning.
To be fair, compared to many of the books in the series, Spirit Bound is probably the most action-packed book so far. A lot does happen in this installment. Rose finally graduates from St. Vladimir’s, and she goes around kicking ass. She goes after what she wants, and while I might not agree with what she wants, she does give 100% to get it. From her graduation trials to adventures in Alaska, to Las Vegas, and at the royal court, they sure do get around, and the story did keep me interested. Particularly the first half was very strong.
However, what Rose wants, as anyone who has read Blood Promise will know, is a cure for Dimitri. That, alone, is noble. I mean, the fact that it might exist is a major game changer for sure. But it’s what happens afterwards that I feared and knew would come. And it has me banging my head on my desk and losing all respect for Rose. View Spoiler »I cannot even begin to express how fucking pissed off I am that Dimirti changes back and then Rose is just all like, I LOVE HIM, HE’S BACK TO NORMAL, WHY WON’T YOU BELIEVE ME, ANYTHING HE DID AS A STRIGOI DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE HE WASN’T HIMSELF. I mean, Dimitri was feeling guilty and blaming himself for what he did, which I found to be a PRETTY FUCKING NORMAL REACTION. But Rose doesn’t even doubt him or resent what he did for ONE SECOND. Excuse me, Rose, FUCKING STOP. DID YOU FORGET HOW HE KIDNAPPED YOU AND EMOTIONALLY MANIPULATED YOU? REPEATEDLY THREATENED AND TRIED TO KILL YOU? « Hide Spoiler
The worst thing, however, is how this affects the romance and the love triangle we have going on. Let’s just set aside for a second how completely devoid of a personality Dimitri is. He’s barely been around in any of the books, and yet STILL Rose obsesses over him any chance she gets. But Adrian is a motherfucking GOD and he does not deserve the sidelining he constantly gets. View Spoiler »For most of the book, Rose doesn’t even fucking realize how she is stringing Adrian along. After saving Dimitri, he is ALL she thinks about. She doesn’t even spend ONE SECOND on Adrian. And then Dimitri tells her to move on, and THAT EVENING (OR NEXT DAY I DON’T FUCKING KNOW), after telling Dimitri she loved him, she goes and almost has SEX with Adrian? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?? YOU LITTLE BITCH. YOU JUST CAN’T HANDLE BEING ALONE FOR ONE SECOND. I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SWOONING DURING THAT SCENE AND INSTEAD I SPENT THE WHOLE TIME SCOWLING BECAUSE THIS SHIT IS FUCKED UP. « Hide Spoiler
In spite of allllll that, there were still *some* things I liked. Mostly Adrian. Ugh, Adrian. My heart breaks for you. I also liked the short amount of Sydney we got, and the hint at the Bloodlines ship I know is coming. And the ending still packed quite a punch, if I’m honest. I actually audibly gasped at a plot twist I never saw coming, and that did keep me intrigued until the end of the book. View Spoiler »Although I’m seriously still scratching my head as to why these supposedly intelligent Moroi are all gung-ho to have 16-year-olds defending them instead of getting off their asses to do something themselves. Seriously. WHYYYYY. « Hide Spoiler So. I dunnoooooo. Ugh.
Summing Up:You may ask why I’m still reading this series. I am wondering about that too. I hate it. And yet. AND YET. I need to know the ending. I just need more Adrian in my life, plain and simple, and the road to Bloodlines requires one more Vampire Academy book. But ugh. If you don’t like Rose and Dimitri together, this series is absolutely rage-inducing. It’s unrealistic wish fulfillment bullshit with a love interest that bores me to tears. It’s a love triangle that sways so heavily and predictably and yet unreasonably to one side, that you’re just amazed by the patience and charm of the other guy, because seriously. #Adrian4Lyfe
GIF it to me straight!
Seriously, I should have made it a drinking game for every time Rose thinks obsessively about Dimitri.
Maybe I’ll do that for Last Sacrifice.