Series: Vampire Academy #6
Published by Penguin Audio on December 7th, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Young Adult
Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
They come first.
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.
The dead could finally have me.
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 guardians 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 whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead's international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.
In spite of this somewhat happy achievement of finishing a series, Last Sacrifice was one of the most painful things for me to read. Nay, listen to. Listen to. And check out the book info – yeah SEVENTEEN HOURS LONG. Painfully long, horrendously boring, and leading to the most clichéd and sickening ending. I should have stopped after book 3. I honestly do not know why I did this to myself. It’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. I don’t even really want to talk about this anymore because for the majority of listening to this audiobook, I was yelling, “FUCK YOU ROSE!” out loud and making gagging sounds and I don’t want to relive a single second of it.
But, okay, here are some THINGS you have to accept if you have any hopes of liking this book and, ultimately, this series.
1. Dimitri is a GOD.
And Rose will remind you of this any chance she gets. He is the strongest fighter ever. He has a god-like body. And obviously his god status absolves him of anything he did in Siberia. He was not himself. View Spoiler »Indeed, Rose killing Victor was MUCH worse than any of the things Dimitri did. Victor was just a stand up guy, after all. « Hide Spoiler Dimitri is flawless. (Admittedly, I also have extreme difficulty finding him even remotely attractive because of the creepy and cringeworthy Russian accent the narrator gives him.)
2. Rose is the best ever.
She’s not annoying at all. She’s hot, and every guy understandably falls at her feet. The guy at the crazy hippie commune instaloving all over her? Yeah, that was cool. I can totally get that. And it’s not like she selfishly uses everyone around her to further her own and Lissa’s agenda. Adrian, Jill, they’re just peasants compared to Rose – tools to be used. And she makes great speeches, especially when getting to dramatically reveal a surprise murderer, and no, that certain murderer’s relative didn’t deserve to get a heads up about that.
3. Rose and Dimitri are View Spoiler »meant to be together. « Hide Spoiler
View Spoiler »They are the perfect match. There is no equal. Chemistry? Meh. That guy kidnapped and tortured you? Meh. His personality isn’t super boring either. He’s a god and their souls are linked so none of this matters. « Hide Spoiler
4. Adrian? View Spoiler »I mean he’s nice. But he’s not Dimitri. So that makes it completely okay to cheat on him. « Hide Spoiler
View Spoiler »I can’t keep up my sarcasm for this point because I wanted to smash shit into walls when Rose honestly CHEATS on Adrian. Not that her emotional cheating all the time before that was okay, and yeah, the way she was using him just because she couldn’t bare to be alone for five seconds also pissed me off. But she CHEATS on him. She has SEX with Dimitri, while in a relationship with Adrian. And then she hardly feels guilty about it at all, because, I mean, come on, it’s Dimitri, and we’re made for each other, and I’ll just deal with Adrian later – after he’s of no more use to me. When she finally has that conversation with him and he is RIGHTFULLY outraged, she has the nerve to sound like the most condescending bitch in the world. I hate you, Rose. I seriously hate you. You don’t deserve even a shred of Adrian’s love. « Hide Spoiler
5. Lissa is goodness incarnate. And that makes her so cool and interesting.
Man, it’s so awesome when characters are completely freaking flawless and perfect. That didn’t make the plot here completely predictable as fuck. It made Lissa the opposite of the most boring character ever. I would totally give my life to protect her. SHE COMES FIRST.
6. Stories that drag on and on and on are super awesome.
17 hours is still pretty short in my eyes. And I mean, it was only like 70% romantic melodrama. God how I wish there had been more.
Summing Up:This book pissed me the fuck off. Clearly. I can’t even with this shit. You don’t read Richelle Mead books for plot. It was so thin here, and it dragged on for ages. The twists and conclusions were either completely predictable (and thus boring) or pulled out of thin air with no basis and probably leaving plenty of plot holes behind. But I wouldn’t even know that, because I stopped caring. You read Richelle Mead books for romance, and if you are not on the right ship, you will continually want to vomit your brains out.
I thought I would be excited to be able to move on to Bloodlines now, and I still think I have a better chance of liking that series, but I need a break. I need space. It’s not you, it’s me. I just need the right kind of balance in my life. And other break-up clichés that Rose uses unironically.