Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the last book, book six, in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. If you haven’t read the books up to this point, this review does contain spoilers… Proceed with caution!

Rose is locked up for the murder of Queen Tatiana which, obviously, she is innocent of. However, do you picture Rose taking it easy in her sterile jail cell? Heck No, she is putting up a tough fight even if it is from behind bars.

However, Rose is not the only one that can be wild and make a scene. Perhaps she has rubbed off on her friends because, let’s just say, when they figure out a way for her to escape captivity, it goes off with a BANG!

Rose was prepared to devote her life to protecting Lissa. She was ready to give up personal freedom and her ability to choose her own path. Now, Lissa is proving she can protect Rose and she is also showing that she too can be quite the badass.

Rose does escape and she sets off across country with Dimitri. Throughout her journey, she comes in contact with all kinds of new and old faces which creates what are at times brief, but very entertaining, appearances by some of these characters.

This journey is a great summation to the the development of Rose’s character over the course of this six book series. It shows off Rose’s strength, her honesty, her innate sense of goodness and her ability to forgive others, even to forgive herself for her mistakes. We are all full of imperfections like Rose, but also like Rose, everyone has the ability to be fierce. Fiercely loyal, fiercely good and fiercely in love. This last journey with Rose can teach us all some life lessons.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the last book, book six, in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. If you haven’t read the books up to this point, this review does contain spoilers… Proceed with caution!

Rose is locked up for the murder of Queen Tatiana which, obviously, she is innocent of. However, do you picture Rose taking it easy in her sterile jail cell? Heck No, she is putting up a tough fight even if it is from behind bars.

However, Rose is not the only one that can be wild and make a scene. Perhaps she has rubbed off on her friends because, let’s just say, when they figure out a way for her to escape captivity, it goes off with a BANG!

Rose was prepared to devote her life to protecting Lissa. She was ready to give up personal freedom and her ability to choose her own path. Now, Lissa is proving she can protect Rose and she is also showing that she too can be quite the badass.

Rose does escape and she sets off across country with Dimitri. Throughout her journey, she comes in contact with all kinds of new and old faces which creates what are at times brief, but very entertaining, appearances by some of these characters.

This journey is a great summation to the the development of Rose’s character over the course of this six book series. It shows off Rose’s strength, her honesty, her innate sense of goodness and her ability to forgive others, even to forgive herself for her mistakes. We are all full of imperfections like Rose, but also like Rose, everyone has the ability to be fierce. Fiercely loyal, fiercely good and fiercely in love. This last journey with Rose can teach us all some life lessons.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the last book, book six, in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. If you haven’t read the books up to this point, this review does contain spoilers… Proceed with caution!

Rose is locked up for the murder of Queen Tatiana which, obviously, she is innocent of. However, do you picture Rose taking it easy in her sterile jail cell? Heck No, she is putting up a tough fight even if it is from behind bars.

However, Rose is not the only one that can be wild and make a scene. Perhaps she has rubbed off on her friends because, let’s just say, when they figure out a way for her to escape captivity, it goes off with a BANG!

Rose was prepared to devote her life to protecting Lissa. She was ready to give up personal freedom and her ability to choose her own path. Now, Lissa is proving she can protect Rose and she is also showing that she too can be quite the badass.

Rose does escape and she sets off across country with Dimitri. Throughout her journey, she comes in contact with all kinds of new and old faces which creates what are at times brief, but very entertaining, appearances by some of these characters.

This journey is a great summation to the the development of Rose’s character over the course of this six book series. It shows off Rose’s strength, her honesty, her innate sense of goodness and her ability to forgive others, even to forgive herself for her mistakes. We are all full of imperfections like Rose, but also like Rose, everyone has the ability to be fierce. Fiercely loyal, fiercely good and fiercely in love. This last journey with Rose can teach us all some life lessons.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, A Review

This review contains spoilers if you haven’t read up to this fifth book in the Vampire Academy series. Proceed with caution!




ROSE! At the beginning of this book I feel really bad for her, however, I know that if she knew I felt bad for her she would definitely be pissed and may possibly punch me. The reason I feel bad for Rose is because not only does she know Strigoi Dimitri survived her attack but he is sending her letters, letters that simultaneously say he loves her and that he is going to kill her when he gets the opportunity. If I were Rose, I would be flipping out, but Rose is so strong and she, of course, is handling this incredibly well. I am very glad she is able to confide in her best friend Lissa who is able to offer moral support.

While all of this is going on, Rose has to face her trials. This is her final test that will measure her ability and skills fighting for and protecting Moroi from Strigoi. The results of this test will determine her future. How do you think Rose did? Well, after all the REAL Strigoi attacks and kills she has made, you can imagine that this may not be the most difficult test for her.

Lissa and Rose have plans after they graduate but may they may not be what you assume. Rose wants to get in touch with Victor Dashkov. Yes, THE Victor Dashkov that tortured Lissa into healing him in the first book of this series. They actually want to ask him for his help. They want to know more about his brother, a recluse Spirit user who possibly knows how to heal a Strigoi and return them to their original state.

I must admit, as this series continues, each book really is becoming more and more emotional for me. I am completely invested in this story and I can honestly say that although this is fantasy, so much of the underlying drama and especially how Rose expresses herself, it feels all too real.

I love this series and I cant believe I only have one book left to read and then its OVER! What will I do with my life? Well, to hold off the inevitable, I am going to read The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo before I complete this amazing series.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead, A Review

This fourth book in the Vampire Academy series does not disappoint: full of non-stop action, heartbreak, and surprises, and yet it still leaves me wanting more!

This review does contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first three books in the Vampire Academy series.

Rose has finally left school but it’s not because she graduated. She has given up her life of guarding her best friend Lissa for a greater purpose, finding Dimitri. Rose loves Dimitri more than anything but he has been turned into a Strigoi and her mission now is to find him and kill him. This would fulfill his wishes. Dimitri always said, and Rose agreed, that if he was ever turned he would rather die than live his life as a Strigoi.

Rose finds herself in Siberia, but even though she is thousands of miles away from Lissa she can still have a one-way connection with her through their bond. However, Rose does not like what she is seeing through Lissa’s eyes. Lissa has made a new friend, Avery, and although she seems caring, Avery certainly puts Lissa in some bad positions which leaves Rose wishing she could be there for her best friend.

This book is so packed with heartwrenching drama that I could barely handle it. I highly recommend continuing the Vampire Academy series with this incredible addition.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the third book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and as the series continues, it only gets more and more exciting!

The Dhampir novices that are training to become full-time guardians have a major test to pass, their field experience. This means that for 6 weeks they will each have a moroi charge, a student, that they will need to protect while the official guardians test them on their abilities. Rose just knows she will be protecting Lissa, but, to everyone’s surprise, she is assigned Christian instead. This is only part of the drama, though.

The Bond between Rose and Lissa is growing in strength which is allowing Rose to not feel Lissa’s emotions and see things through her eyes but to even experience pain… and pleasure.. that Lissa is feeling. This is getting interesting bc Lissa is in a very romantic relationship with her boyfriend Christian and honestly… it’s just TMI for poor Rose!

The reason this connection is happening is because of Lissa’s power with Spirit. This power gives her the ability to heal and use extra strong compulsion. When the car accident happened that killed Lissa’s parents and brother, she brought Rose back from the dead, which linked them forever and created this Shadowkissed bond.

I highly recommend the Vampire Academy series, it’s such a fun read and romantic and the excitement is nonstop. Just wait til you reach the end of THIS book, that’s all I’m gonna say, WOW.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

FrostBite by Richelle Mead, A Review

So I want to go over a few basics about this series. Elements that should be clearly understood. Strigoi are the undead Vampires that Dhampir guardians, like Rose is trying to become, protect their mortal Moroi Vampire charges from. Strigoi are immortal and, like I said, undead because they gave up that part of themselves by murdering the one they drank blood from. In a sense, they live to kill, if “living” is what you want to call it. The Dhampir guardians take them on and manage to kill them for good by one of three ways: beheading, a silver stake to the heart, and burning. Moroi, like Rose’s best friend Lissa, have the ability to use magic based on either air, water, fire, earth or, in rare cases, spirit. The Strigoi give this up , too, when they become monsters, and lose what I believe could possibly be a very powerful weapon, if the Moroi would just use magic to fight.

There is a major event in the very beginning of this book that sets the tone for how things are going to play out. Mainly, the Strigoi are teaming up to murder the royal Moroi families one by one. Because of the new threat against the royals, all the Moroi and Dhampir students at St. Vladimir’s Academy are grouping together with their family’s and their guardians at a ski lodge for the Christmas holidays. Interestingly enough, Rose’s mom makes an appearance as a guardian on duty, and I cant help but think, perhaps she’s worried about her daughter, too.

Lissa is on medication for depression, which I think is great. However, this definitely helps with her moods but leaves Lissa without the ability to use her spirit based magic. Spirit is a tricky kind of magic, very little is known about it. What is known is that it creates mental instability the more it is used. I think this is a really fascinating way to discuss depression and mental illness, because this is coming from a magic called “spirit” which isnt drawn from the outside world but from a person’s inner self.

Ultimately, though, this is just a great follow up to Vampire Academy. It’s fun, there is skiing and snowball fights… AND… lots of drama. Not to mention the wild ending. I may have cried for a second or that might have just been dust in my eyes… I’m sensitive, okay?

Anyways, I highly suggest this series! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, A Review

What a great beginning to this series! I am very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book!

Lissa and Rose are best friends, as close as humanly possible, and more because they are not exactly human. Lissa is a Moroi, basically a Vampire. But dont confuse her with a Strigoi, its these kinds of Vampires that are dangerous. Rose, however, is a Dhampir, and in this case it means she is Lissa’s Guardian, her protector. Lissa has complete trust in Rose, so much so that they have a special bond few others have: Rose can tune into Lissa and feel her emotions. She can even tune into Lissa to see from her perspective and know exactly what’s happening to her.

After they both survived the car crash responsible for the deaths of Lissa’s parents and brother, Andre, let’s just say, their lives got complicated and they ran away from the Academy hoping to feel safe. A lot more about why they ran away is covered in the book but I dont want to spoil it for anyone by going into details, suffice it to say that two years later they were caught and returned to the Academy.

They are both 17 at this point, and finishing up their time at school. It was a little overwhelming for me how accurately the author describes a high school like atmosphere. The way the rumor mill worked and particularly what the rumors were about, was dead on exactly true to what people talked about in my school, which is who is doing what with who! I’m sure I dont need to elaborate on that.

This author did a great job of discussing mental health, in my opinion. I thought she described cutting in such an easy to understand way, “to let IT out”. “It” in this context being the feelings, the emotions, to survive the pain inside of her head this is what Lissa did. I would like to add, that Rose assisted her in getting help with this. It’s just awesome to even breach this subject, to create awareness that there is help and also to create understanding which leads to weakening the stigma against mental illness, in this case Depression.

I recommend this for curling up in bed, rainy day, not feeling good maybe, reading. Lol. Well, I recommend it for anytime reading as well. Let’s just say, I recommend it, and leave it at that.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!