Book Review – Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

by Maryse on June 6, 2010 · 4 comments

in My Book Reviews, Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound: A Vampire Academy Novel
Okayyyyy…looking around, everything looks in order. Looks like Lily took good care of my place while I was gone. Smells a bit different, though? Paint? That “new paint” smell, ya know? Wait, is that…a new couch? Wow, a slew of guest comments while I was gone…Lily sure does love to enterta….

PURPLE POOL????!!!! LILY!! You have some ‘splainin’ to do!

Deep breath…deep breath…at least you all had fun while I was away. That’s all that matters. I asked her to keep you company and that, she did!

Alright, so I’m back from my trip and ready to get back to my reviews. You’d think I would have had lots o’ reading time on the plane, but plane’s lull me to sleep, so while I did start a new book on my trip, I will be finishing it later today.

I did however finish a few books before I left, Spirit Bound being one of them. I LOVED it!

This one was also action packed, intense, tense, and everything in between. Emotions ran high (especially mine). I had a one track mind throughout the novel. It was all good, but come on…let’s not fool ourselves! We all know why we raced through this book…Dimitri!

And we’ll be meeting again. With graduation, you’ll be turned out of the Academy, and once you’re outside the wards, I’ll find you. There is no place in the world you can hide from me. I’m watching.


Quick synopsis (and I mean QUICK cause the most important parts I don’t want to spoil for you by discussing them here):

  1. Dimitri’s coming for Rose (to kill her? change her? I think kill her, but who knows with him…). Anyway, he keeps sending her creepy letters so we know he’s up to no good.
  2. Rose is hoping the secret she learned in the last book might be her last chance with Dimitri. It’s a “do or die situation”, and this is her last chance for him (and maybe even her last chance for herself if things don’t turn out as planned).
  3. They need help to carry it out. And the only one who can help them…well, let’s just say this part wasn’t easy. But when has easy ever been exciting?

While I was somewhat impatient with the “slow-ish” lead in to Dimitri (you know…first let’s discuss our plan…then let’s find a way to break in and get the records and blueprints, then let’s find people we can trust and get our crew together, then let’s find a way to break in and go get you know who, then let’s find the other you know who…and then let’s argggggghhhhh!!!)

Yes yes…it was all necessary, and in fact, helped slow the pace down so we had to “work” for the prize, but I was like “How am I going to get through all of this??!! It’s gonna take tooooo long!!”

And it did take awhile. But then…it was good! So good – and no, not in the way you might have expected (or even hoped). You know…the old adage “Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it”. Well, Rose gets something, just not necessarily everything. Rose’s plans didn’t turn out so rosy after all (see what i did there? That was fun! :P ).

OK so I don’t want to break the book for you. Let me just tell you that I’ve got a new found crush on Adrian (he still hasn’t taken Dimitri’s place in my heart, but he sure opened my eyes to a whole new side of him in this one).

Adrian to Rose:

“You forget: I have an addictive personality. I’m addicted to you. Somehow I think you could do all sorts of bad things to me, and I’d still come back to you.”

The relationship between Lissa in Christian is still angsty, and Moroi and Dhampir politics are still changing, and some new found info continues to cause strife within their world.  But best of all, there’s a whole new relationship that forms, one that you didn’t see coming and that will bring back all of those anxious feelings you had in the first couple of books.

You’ll be all….”Oh HELL NO!”

Ha! I can’t wait to hear your reactions! For those of you who read the book…you know what I’m talking about.

Oh GOD there is a quote I want to put here so bad…but I can’t. It’s my favorite line in the book, but it might skew your perception going into it, so I’m zipping it.

Oh! And a quick welcome to Lily’s group that dropped by. Friends of Lily’s are always welcome…especially considering I came home to a “newer” place (extra thankful nod to JimiAnn). And Paula…hrmm…I have a feeling you’re just as bratty as Lily is! Anyway…nice cover job… :roll:

What I don’t know won’t hurt me right? Except that…you detailed every little bit of it in the comment log!? What were you all thinking?? 8O

LOL!! *hug*

4.5 stars

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

cher June 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM

What a good book. I only wished that the book were longer and we wouldn’t have to wait till December to see what happens next (sigh). Loved Abe the most in this book and he’s hardly in it.I didn’t like Lisa at all in this book.She annoyed me at every turn. Adian was especially good in this book.(it’s hard not to give spoilers on this.Throughout the book, I felt sorry for Rose (right up to the end)I agree with Maryse’s review, I was looking for Dimitri everywhere in this book and I still can’t decide if I liked him more at the beginning then the end.Can’t wait for the last book.

Lily June 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

You know I loved this one, and even fell for Adrian a little in this one. I can’t wait till December…that’s to far away!

JimiAnn June 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I was totally in love with Dimitri in the beginning, but since all the “changes”, I fell in love with Adrian and am kinda sad to see Dimitri back especially with issues. Great book but she always cliffhangs them so bad I wanna bite someone ;)

Paula June 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

great review I definitely will have to check this book out, glad you had a good trip

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