by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill on 8/25/2009
Series: Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy | Frostbite | Shadow Kiss | Blood Promise | Spirit Bound | Last Sacrifice
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Brooke Reviews - My book dealer
Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.
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?
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Interest in the book
I read the first 3 books with lightning speed, but didn’t pick up book 4 for months. How the hell I did that with the events at the end of book 3 is beyond me, but alas, too many damn books, as usual. I rectified the situation, which is all that matters.
I think the world-building is the reason this book is my favorite in the series, thus far. Rose travels outside the confines of school, far, far away to Russia. Rose is introduced to Alchemists and she meets (and falls in love with) Dimitri’s family. Rose interacts with rogue dhampirs (those who don’t wish to become guardians but still fight strigoi) on her quest, of which I will not spoil for you. Rose also meets people that provide her with information on Spirit and being Shadow-Kissed that she and Lissa have long been searching for. We get an in-depth view to strigoi hierarchy and learn a secret that may forever change this world. The best world-building of the series, methinks!
Another reason I loved the book so much was the break from Lissa. Yes, she is still part of the story because of her bond with Rose, however, Rose was away from St. Vladimir’s for much of the book, and thus, a break from so much Lissa. I do see some growth in Lissa, however. She has irked me from the beginning, but has always held her head high. I admire that about her.
Rose goes a bit off the deep end in this installment. It’s quite understandable given the circumstances. She is bound and determined to see her quest through, however. Dimitri is just heartbreaking. It’s hard to handle him in his current state, yet I never gave up hope on these two, and I continue to hang on to it fiercely.
Adrian also stands out in this novel. We start to see some maturity and selfless actions, and it really made me start to adore this guy! I agree with Kelly, who stated that his growth “made him more of a person and less of a two-dimensional party-boy.”
Christian is and always will be a favorite of mine. His snark warms my heart. *swoon* He and Lissa experience some serious drama in this book, but I think they need this break from one another. I have no doubt they will be lovey dovey again by the end of the series.
This book is a standout in the series. Rose endures a harsh journey, full of heartache and physical danger. The Rose that leaves St. Vladimir Academy is not the same Rose that returns. Her traumatic experiences have ensured that she walk the road of adulthood from this point forward.
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