Spirit Bound

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#5)

Synopsis.

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.

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.

Review.

Now did this book throw you all or what? I couldn’t get over how well Mead started and ended this book, so much happened in such a small span of time. SO let’s start at the beginning, Rose’s final test at the academy, it was such a small part of the book but I really enjoyed hearing how Rose kicked ass and left the academy as a legend. Next we finally get to see more of the royal court, yes there were small parts of the court introduced in the third and fourth book but this time we get to see a whole lot more and see how the court works day to day, I also loved meeting Adrian’s parents that was something small that just added another element to the story. But the main part that got all our hearts pumping was the re-introduction of Dimitri, it was something we had been waiting for since the end of blood promise and wow did Mead deliver! spirit_boundMead has again been able to get her novel to a new intensity which literally left me gasping at the final page and counting down the minutes till I could get my hands on book 6.

Blood Promise

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#4)

Synopsis.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

Review.

In book 4 Mead takes her readers on another amazing adventure transporting us all to Russia and the home of our much loved Dimitri. Blood Promise is defiantly one of Meads best novels, the expansion of not only Mead’s skills but her plot too are just fantastic to read. I love how Mead not only takes Rose to Russia to go and hunt the man she loves but she also introduces her readers to Dimitri’s family. Those few chapters of the book were my favorite I loved getting to see another side of Dimitri and the life he lived, meeting his family and understanding the way he was brought up was an amazing element to not only this novel but the rest of the series. As well as learning more about Dimitri the readers are able to learn more about Rose, how she fits into a family and enjoys it, we see her heal from the pain she is suffering from losing Dimitri and in a way healing from being apart from her best friend. Mead also splits the plot into two, we see what Rose is going through but also what Lissa is going through back home due to their bond. the distance between Lissa and Rose also allows Mead to go deeper into the bond and its effects, which I loved as I had wanted to know more about the bond since it was introduced in book 1.

I began reading these books when I was in high school as I read them I loved seeing Rose and Lissa make mistakes but learn and grow from them. As a teenager, the mistakes and lessons learned by these two characters helped me learn too, not only are Mead’s novels fantastic fantasy and action filled books but they can also be a guide for teenagers. Even now that I’m in my 20’s I still love going back and reading the series especially Blood Promise as I feel like this novel is Rose’s stepping stone from a rash teenager into a woman. Mead continues growing a character that is amazingly strong, smart and brave. Rose is not only a wonderful protagonist but she is also an example to readers that despite being stubborn and hiding her feelings she is able to grow in a way that allows her to heal and humble herself. Rose’s transformation in this novel makes not only her character development hugely significant but it also creates a relatable character in a fantastic series.

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Shadow Kissed

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#3)

Synopsis.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Review.

Book 3 in the epic vampire academy series and things have gotten intense! As Rose struggles with the loss of Mason things start to go bad for Rose as she struggles with messages from the dead and the people she loves the most fear for her sanity. Rose is struggling to fit back into her life and society, as she tries to figure out what is going on in her own head her friends try to protect her from living a normal life.

Shadow kissed not only continues with the amazing story of Rose but it also shows the struggle of loss, of not being with the one you love and putting your best friend before yourself. Rose is her most vulnerable in this novel and it breaks my heart seeing characters I love go through so much hardship. Meads ending broke my heart and grounded it to dust, it was one of the saddest endings of a book I have ever read. Just when you think life is going to be hunky-dory for our fav badass warriors Mead throws it into our faces and reminds us not to get our hopes up for any novel! Again book 3 is just a fantastic carry on in the vampire academy series and Mead keeps the magic coming into book 4.images (1)

Frostbite

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#2)

Synopsis.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

Review.

Frostbite is such an excellent second novel to this series, there is not boring second book nonsense with this book. We are thrown straight back into the crazy life of Rose Hathaway, and I have such a love-hate feeling for Rose and Dimitri’s relationship. But now there is so much more to this epic romance, with new characters thrown into the mix just to make things interesting. Not only do we get this messy relationship to read about but we also get to meet Rose’s mum and man she is 100% badass! As well as meeting plenty of new characters the set of this novel is a mixture of the academy and a flash royal ski resort. The ski resort is not only an amazing setting for this story but we also get to see more of the royal families and the chaos that follows the royals everywhere. As well as awesome new places to read about Mead throws an epic plot twist at us.

This novel and series is fantastic and leaves us with our hearts broken while also becoming fully invested into the vampire academy story and characters. I love this series because with most series the second novel is always a bit of a deflate after the first book but I didn’t experience this at all with this second book. The novel is just as good as the first one and the series continues with more epicness in book three!

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Bloodlines

By Richelle Mead.

Genre- Fantasy, YA, Vampires.

Synopsis –

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believes Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions and forbidden romance lurk both outsides – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

Review –

Bloodlines follow’s from Richelle Meads first series ‘Vampire Academy’, this series follows characters that are introduced in VA but are not the main characters till Bloodlines. If you enjoyed Vampire academy you will love Mead’s new series, it takes a different approach to the Moroi world. The series is fantastic with Mead adding a new element of the supernatural for readers, I really enjoyed this series as the books answered some questions from the previous series. My only disappointment with it is that it is the last Moroi based series Mead will write. Readers have been taken on a journey lasting 12 books but it still isn’t enough and we still want more!

The last book was slightly disappointing and seemed more like fan fiction than Reads work as it was very rushed. But apart from that the books were fantastic and involved huge changes for the Moroi world which will have readers on the edge of their seats. I would highly recommend this series along with the Vampire Academy series, all 12 books flow from each other wonderfully, although you can tell Read seemed rushed to finish the last of the Bloodline books. Read is a fantastic talented author and since her leave from the Moroi world she has written several other books and started several new series.

Order of Books –

  • Bloodlines
  • The Golden Lily
  • The Indigo Spell
  • The Firey Heart
  • Silver Shadows
  • The Ruby Circle.

Vampire Academy

By – Richelle Mead

Genre – Fantasy YA, Vampires.

Synopsis.

 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

Review –

Vampire academy has been one of my main book loves for almost ten years. Rose Hathaway is a total badass that many young female audience members can love and look up too, having this book series set in high school is also a real puller for young teens. Not only is it an awesome vampire novel but it also addresses common issues from high school, gossiping, bitching, falling in love. All of these themes are actually able to help young girls know what to do if they are presented with similar issues, this is why I love this series for young girls. Mead description of friendship and love between Rose and Lisa is defiantly friendship goals! The girls would literally do anything for each other, they are sisters by blood and heart, the fantastic mirroring of real friendship, school, and love with a twist of fantasy is what makes this book series a 10 out of 10.

Not only has Mead been able to create a fantastic series but she has also been able to create a fantastic world behind the novels. Mead did a lot of research into myths on vampires before writing her novels, she has based the vampires off Russian myths of vampires and created her world from there. You can really tell from the details that Mead has based her world off Eastern European style and names, with the names of buildings and family names of characters having popular Russian names.

This series has six books with a second series called ‘Bloodlines’ still involving characters from the vampire academy series but focussing on secondary characters from VA. Vampire academy was made into a film in 2014 but no sequel will follow, the soundtrack from the film has some good hits in it if you enjoy listening to music while reading. Since the end of the ‘Bloodlines’ series, Mead has not written anymore Damphir based novels.

Order of books-

  • Vampire Academy (Book 1)
  • Frostbite (Book 2)
  • Shadow Kissed (Book 3)
  • Blood Promise (Book 4)
  • Spirit Bound (Book 5)
  • Last Sacrifice (Book 6)