Spirit Bound

Spirit Bound

eBook - 2010
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Although Dimitri has become an evil vampire, his true love Rose and her best friend Lissa are determined to find him and restore his soul.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, c2010.
ISBN: 9781101429174
Characteristics: 1 online resource (489 p.)


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Nov 01, 2018

In Richelle Mead’s 5th installment to her Vampire Academy series, the emotions continue to run high and disappointment is never found. Once again Mead has done a flawless job. With each installment, the characters grow in front of your eyes. Her skills at plot and character development are out of this world. I can’t think of anything negative to say about Richelle Mead as her books aren’t problematic and her writing techniques are perfect. I devoured this book in one day, that’s how good it was. Knowing this was the second last book, I ended it with a heavy heart. Not only does the ending make you scream out of aggravation because of the major cliff hanger but it made you want to cry and laugh. I loved all the characters except for Lissa, she wasn’t an appealing character. Rating – 5/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 28, 2014


7/8 - I knew that Dimitri's condition was only temporary (I've been unaffected by all the heart wrenching twists and turns with Dimitri because I believed that he would be saved from the dark side), so that change wasn't a surprise, but I was surprised where in the book the scene was placed. I was expecting it to come as the big battle at the end with him changing back just as the book ended, leaving us with a cliff hanger as to how he would be after returning to his original dhampiric state. Instead it all happened in the middle, giving Mead room to create a completely unexpected cliff hanger - that was unexpected.

Anyone who's also a fan of Buffy noticed how there's a whole Spike feeling about Adrian and that his relationship with Rose kind of mirrors Spike's with Buffy in that Spike was never Angel, and Spike always knew that. Adrian's always going to know that Rose doesn't, can't, love him like she loves, will always love, Dimitri. The only way she could ever give herself fully to a relationship with Adrian would be if she had managed to kill Dimitri while he was still Strigoi. Even with his constant rejections of Rose, rejections of her love, she will never move on from him. Sure, she told Adrian that she could after Dimitri told her that his love for her had faded, but even through the pages of the book I could feel her hesitation that she'd be able to feel for him what he felt for her. I do feel sympathy for Adrian, but I also feel that his earlier playboy ways are what lead to Rose not taking his attraction for her seriously. If she had seen him as a serious love interest maybe her relationship with Dimitri would never have progressed beyond a student/teacher crush. Not that that's what I would've wanted to read, I was always Team Angel, so with their basic personality similarities (dark, troubled, brooding, intrinsically good) I was barracking for Dimitri from his first appearance.

I found Eddie's complete, blind acceptance of doing whatever Rose asked a little hard to swallow. The way he just followed her without knowing anything about what they were doing or why made him seem brainwashed, or Jedi mind-tricked. I kept wanting to ask him where his brain was, why he couldn't think for himself. Just because he and Rose had some history with being in tense situations together doesn't mean she's the be-all and end-all of intelligent, heroic plans, doesn't mean she's above being questioned about what's doing. I thought the whole breakout was farfetched and it was kind of obvious what was going to happen once Victor was out.

I read this in well under 24 hours and now I have to wait who knows how long before Last Sacrifice becomes available. I should have put both on hold at the same time, then I could've immediately fallen into the end of the story, which I'm positive is going to end happily in the way I want it to.

Sep 02, 2014

Rose is neat. But her attraction to Adrian is like a burr. He truly is a ne'er-do-well, with only inherited money and looks to commend him. He is very pushy, and forces his way into her dreams. And she ends up with him? What kind of message is that?

Aug 01, 2014

Amazing. I love these series so much

Monikan21 Feb 17, 2014

Wow! Book 5 in VA series, preceded by Blood promise and followed by Last Sacrifice. I am speechless - such great twists. I love this whole series and can't wait for the last book. Rose is amazing!

Dec 25, 2013

Good book :) Shall look forward to reading the last book of the Vampire Academy series!!!

ktmclean Aug 07, 2013

number 5 in the series

Littlemissmeg7 Oct 29, 2012

The VA series is a most read for romance and supernatural fans such as myself. There are no dull parts do the books the characters are full of life and Mead created a world thats so life like it feels like your in the book with these characters as its all happening!

Feb 03, 2012

This si a super good book. It's the second last one and I have been waiting for Last Sacrifice for forever. I can't wait for it to get here!.

A7XfoREVer28 Jul 15, 2011

I love this series- story lines r great- characters r great- really connected with the characters and the emotions surrounding them throughout the series - definitely worth reading! One of my favorites!

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Jul 05, 2010

In this installment, Rose is more determined than ever and will use extremely illegal ways to reach her objectives. Desperation to save Dimitri, while she still can, drives her actions and consequences won't be light. She is not risking only her future and her life but also the ones of people she loves.

When we love a book, we all say "I couldn't put it down", well in this case, I loved the book so much I HAD to put it down and take deep breaths because it was just too much. Love, Passion, Treason, Fear, Sadness, Grief, all these emotions laid on paper in a so intense way it almost became unbearable. At times I couldn't believe my own eyes, events happening in that book triggered reactions in me that are beyond words!

I really love both Rose and Lissa for their very distinct qualities, and even though they are very different, they have one thing in common: they would do anything for each other. Lissa is starting to think of Rose more and her feelings, though I didn't find her to be very understandable when it came to Dimitri.
Adrian is as snarky as ever but we get to discover a new side to him. I really like the guy and it's clear he cares about Rose and I loved to watch them together.
Dimitri, oh Dimitri! He broke my heart in Blood Promise and Spirit Bound wasn't any easier. At times I really felt like hitting him in the head to knock some sense into him and even though I would have a lot to say, I won't spill the beans and ruin surprises. I will mention though that chapters 20 and 24 nearly killed me.
I was glad that Abe was in SB, he didn't play a major role but it was nice to have him around and I think he will have a bigger role in The Last Sacrifice.

The end is as usual a cliff hanger, if suspense could kill Richelle Mead would be in danger of trial for massive murder, because I really don't know how I will be able to wait until December to know how this epic story ends.

Vampire Academy is my favorite series and Richelle delivered. Spirit Bound was action-packed, full of surprises, emotions and magic. I was in awe so many times during this book, it really was fabulous.
I think Shadow Kiss is still my favorite of the series because I'm such a romantic but Spirit Bound is very close second.

I really hope Rose will have her happy ending in The Last Sacrifice (even though the title doesn't point that way), she's been through so much, she really deserves her happily ever after.


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Jul 13, 2010

"That is the much Fcuked up law I have ever heard - Rose to the Queen


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