Title: Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Vampire Academy
3. Shadow Kiss
4. Blood Promise
Date Started: March 9
Date Finished: March 14
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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 at long last 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.
Like with the other two times I’ve read this book, my emotions are in a constant roller coaster and it starts right on page one. Dimitri is still sending Rose ‘love letters’ that basically say that she completely screwed up by not making sure that he was really dead on that bridge, they could have had forever, but he has to kill her now and he will find her no matter where she goes. Thankfully, after that, things kind of mellow out. Rose graduates, goes to Court and tries to figure out her next move. She breaks into a prison and kidnaps Victor Dashkov – the guy who tries to kill Lissa – and then she goes to Vegas to meet Victor’s half-brother and interrogate him about if he brought a Strigoi back to life. Plot twist, he did do it, but a dhampir can’t. The spirit user has to. Emotional high again when Dimitri shows up to take out Rose, but in the end they both fail.
The next emotional high in this roller coaster comes when Dimitri kidnaps Lissa and Christian in order to use them as bait for Rose. Somehow when she does arrive with guardians in tow, Lissa was able to charm a stake and pierces Dimitri’s heart bringing him back. After that it’s pretty much a whirlwind of emotions for her and things happen that I wish she would have handled differently. But as I mentioned before in Blood Promise, Spirit Bound breaks me too and that’s only because of what happens after Dimitri is returned to being a dhampir. Because of everything he did while he was Strigoi, he believes that his soul is tarnished somehow and he doesn’t believe that he can be forgiven for his crimes. Especially what he did to Rose. Which causes a lot of heated and emotional arguments, one that Dimitri wins when he tells her that he doesn’t love her anymore that his love has faded.
When I read that line in college I was completely heartbroken by it. After everything Rose has done to make sure that she saved Dimitri, he is so wrapped up in guilt over he’s done to her that he pushes her away? Now, as an adult, it’s a little bit easier to stomach, I still think Dimitri is foolish, but I get where he’s coming from. Although, he is rather see through as when the guardians descend on Rose at the end of the book, he shows that he is willing to do anything to protect her. And if that’s not caring for someone I don’t know what is.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The only thing that really bugged me about this book was the way that Rose jumped right into Adrian’s arms after what happened with Dimitri. I get that she was already dating him anyway while all of this was going down, but you would think that she would learn from what happened with Mason.
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