Title: Last Sacrifice
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Vampire Academy
3. Shadow Kiss
4. Blood Promise
5. Spirit Bound
Date Started: April 11
Date Finished: April 15
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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?
This novel will always hold a special place in my heart, even if I decide to reread these books again ten years from now. The reason it will is because this was the last book I read before I went on a two year reading hiatus during college. And really, could I have picked a better book to do it with? Last Sacrifice not only ties up all the loose ends – except for two – quite nicely but Rose’s journey to vindicate herself of murder charges and also act on the note that Tatiana left her before she died is completely action packed.
Between being reunited with her ex who last they talked wanted to not be around her anymore because his love for her had faded and he couldn’t forgive himself for what he did to her while in Russia, and a certain other criminal and his brother joining the party, this road trip was crazy from the time they said go. But things back at court are also a mess to as Lissa, Christian, and Adrian try to help figure out who really killed Tatiana while also pretending to not have anything to do with Rose’s escape. Believe it or not, I wasn’t interested with what was going on at Court and every time Rose slipped into Lissa’s head to find out what was going on I was a little miffed.
There were more entertaining things happening right in front of her. I mean, it’s not everyday that you are stuck with the love of your life who still feels guilty on a road trip. And let me tell you how much fun I found that. *screams* Dimitri’s character development in this book was just amazingly done. He goes from being stand offish and guilty over the things he’s done, to her old instructor with his his philosophical speeches, to something he should have been if it hadn’t been for the Strigoi attack. My one complaint in all of this is how Rose and Dimitri got back together. Even though I was ecstatic about it, I still think they could have waited until Rose got back to Court and broke up with Adrian properly. I hate to see that guy hurt. I really do.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The jumping between Court and what was going on with Rose threw off the plot line a little. I also again didn’t like how Adrian/Rose ended. I think it could have been a lot more cordial, I really do. Hopefully Rose is right and Adrian gets a happy ending. And he was right about one thing. What happened to Eddie?
Bookshelf worthy? I need another copy since the one I have is autographed!