Audiobook Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Posted October 27, 2014 by Debby in Book Reviews

Audiobook Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle MeadSpirit Bound by Richelle Mead
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
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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.

2 Stars

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 »


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 »


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 » 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.

Recommended To:

Dimitri/Rose shippers. NO ONE ELSE. asdfjkl;asdjfkl;

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3 responses to “Audiobook Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

  1. Blood Promise amd Spirit Bound are my least favourite books from this series.I hated Rose in this book, especially for the way she treated Adrian.She was so selfish and insensitive. I sometimes wonder if it is the same author who wrote both Sydney and Rose.
    Last Sacrifice gets better.It’s action packed, and a lot of things happen. New and old characters appear and I personally think it’s a perfect ending to the series.
    I can’t wait for you to start Bloodlines! It’s so amazing. Adrian and Sydney have great chemistry and I love how the books give more importance to their character growth, depth and personality.
    I am sure you’re going to love the series.

  2. This is actually one of the reasons why I prefer the Bloodlines series over the Vampire Academy one. A lot of people love LOVE Rose and praise her for her badass kickassery, but I just cannot get over how she treated Adrian. And this is coming from someone who actually didn’t love Adrian all that much. (DON’T WORRY THAT ALL CHANGES WHEN I READ BLOODLINES. HE IS NOW ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER EVER.)
    And yes I agree, I never really felt the full swoon factor with Rose and Dimitri and hated how she so readily forgot and forgave everything. Like CHILL Rose. Please at least try to be sympathetic to how Dimitri is feeling and understand why he’s feeling that way.

    • The fact that Dimitri seriously kidnapped her and held her hostage for weeks, pretty much raping her, drinking her blood and keeping her in a drug-like haze and whatever, and she’s just fine with it is ridiculous. Ugh. Yeah, that’s the dream – a guy that’ll do that to you. Someone like Adrian, caring for you and treating you with respect, is just not good enough. x_x This series, seriously.