Thursday, September 6, 2012

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

Paperback: 496 Pages

Publisher: Razorbill

ISBN: 978-1-59514-366-2

My Rating: 4/5

Rose's life will never be her own. She has been outrunning death ever since the accident that forever bonded her to her best friend, Lissa-whom she's sworn to protect no matter what. But with Dimitri stalking her, Rose can only run so far.

It should come as no surprise that I love the 'Vampire Academy' series by Richelle Mead. In fact, she has easily become one of my favorite authors; however, I found 'Spirit Bound' to be least favorite book of the series. I still really liked it and contemplated giving it a 3/5 but the ending was good enough to boost my rating back up to a 4 out of 5. It makes me extremely sad to say that I almost gave a VA book a 3/5 but let's discuss why.

Characters: The characters were still the same. Rose was still Rose, Lissa was still Lissa and so on. I did notice that there were some character differences though. Rose seemed weak to me in Spirit Bound. Normally she has the strength of a bull but in this particular novel she seemed to rely too heavily on other people. And Lissa was tougher than normal, which is great!

Plot: As much as it pains me to do so, I have to admit that I found the story line to be very predictable. I knew what was going to happen before it did. And not just one or two things here or there, pretty much everything. The plot was still adequate enough to keep me interested but it was slow at times and highly predictable.

Those were really the only two things I took issue with. I love to read a book or watch a movie and speculate what is going to happen; it's part of what makes it fun for me! But being able to almost always know what is going to happen makes things a little tough to read-or watch. Overall, it was still a good book and I'm definitely going to read the final book 'Last Sacrifice.' Even though I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others, it's still a series I highly recommend to everyone! Happy Reading! :)