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The Compulsive Reader: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Monday, May 31, 2010

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway has returned from Europe a little wiser, and bent on finding a way to restore Dimitri to his previous state, or destroy him in the process. But first she has to get through her guardian trials and graduation, and move to the Moroi court with Lissa, who refuses to let Rose disappear again. But now that the girls have left Sr. Vladimir’s, they have to face their uncertain futures: Dimitri wants to kill Rose, and Lissa is finding herself more involved in the twisted politics of court. And as the girls work together to bring about change that continues to bewilder the vampire world, they are acquiring enemies--dangerous ones that would go at great lengths to make sure that Rose won't reveal the secrets she has learned...by shutting her up permanently.

After the cruel cliff-hanger of an ending in Blood Promise, readers will want to tear through Spirit Bound. Picking up a few months after the previous book left off with the girls' graduation, this latest installment follows strong and fiery Rose as she soars through her trials. Though she seems to be physically invincible and a tremendously talented guardian, Rose grapples with a lot of doubt and uncertainty. Her less than stellar record might mean that she won't be able to become Lissa's guardian, and she still hasn't accepted the fact that Dimitri's soul may be lost forever. Add on top of that the confused jumble of feelings she has for Adrian and the tense political situation concerning the interactions between Moroi and dhampirs, and there is plenty of drama going on. Like always, Mead packs the pages with plenty of action scenes that will have you biting your nails and flipping the pages nervously. Readers will really be torn as Rose must make important decisions and faces heartache after heartache, getting herself into more trouble. Mead certainly raises the stakes in Spirit Bound and like before, will leave readers with a sudden ending that will have them squirming anxiously for a sequel and rooting for Rose.

Cover Comments: I'm not a huge fan of this cover, though I do like the title treatment and the gates on the front--it's a neat effect!

Review copy purchased.

6 comments:

Christina T said...

Great review! I loved this book and can't wait to read The Last Sacrifice. I kind of like the cover-it looks like a romance novel for adults.

Annemel said...

Hi I loved your review. Actually, I've just recently finished reading Blood Promise and now I'm wondering when eill be the right time to read Spirit Bound (like right now, or close to the release of Last Sacrifice). I honestly believe than Richelle will try to fix everything, but right now my hopes are very low due to the fact that Rose's feelings might change...
I know that this book ends with a cliff-hanger and that's why I don´t if it would be healthier for me and my feelings to read the book near Last Sacrifice release.

XOXO and thanks for the review it's really good

Alyssa is magical! said...

I just finished Spirit Bound last night...I really want the next book. I love The Vampire Academy Series, but the endings make you so mad that you have to wait. Grrrrrr.

fallenleaf said...

I can't wait to read it!!!

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

Can December get here any faster??? Mead's endings drive me nuts! Almost as bad as Suzanne Collins!

Mango said...

I've just finished reading 'Spirit Bound' and man why does she leave readers hanging for more. I was screaming at the book the whole way through ~ its crazy. December sure is a long wait - ugh!