Spirit Bound – Review // The Book That Destroyed My Heart

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Book 5 in the Vampire Academy series
Genre: YA urban fantasy, paranormal
Pages: 489
Format: paperback
Source: library
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plot: 20 out of 20
characters: 20 out of 20
setting: 20 out of 20
relationships: 20 out of 20
twists: 20 out of 20
100 out of 100

As I’ve been reading these books, I’ve realized that not only is each one better than the last, but each one is also ten times more heartbreaking than the previous installments. Spirit Boundย was no exception. ๐Ÿ™‚

the plot

At this point, I’ve given up trying to figure out where Richelle will take the series next. I just keep speeding through the books and then proceeding to be completely shocked as the story goes in every direction except the one I expected and my heart is crushed. This, in my opinion, is what makes the series perfect for binge-reading. I never have to worry about a lull in the plot, because these characters never get a break. The only thing I ever worry about with this series is getting the next book as soon as I possibly can. When this series is over, I legitimately won’t know what to do with myself. >.<

The story picks up almost right where the fourth book ended, and it was another absolutely crazy ride. Strigoi weren’t as big of an issue here, because certain events put more focus on the political intrigue and royal drama aspects. It was still highly entertaining, though, and that’s why, even with school, I read a nearly 500 page book in a couple of days. It was filled to the brim with secrets, grief, treason, suspense, intensity, a romance that destroyed me, and more.

If you haven’t picked these books up yet, please do. It’s the most unique vampire story I’ve ever read, and full of so many amazing things. If you’re a fan of any of what I listed above, crazy plots, strong friendships, elemental magic, darkness, epic heroines, paranormal elements, and/or ANYTHING similar, give this a try. I thought it would be clichรฉ too, but I picked up the first book on my fifteenth birthday on a whim, just to say I’d tried it, and look at me now. I’M OBSESSED, AND I HAVE NO REGRETS. ๐Ÿ˜€

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the characters

In previous books, readers have seen Rose at her best and at her worst. In this one, she was somewhere in between. Because while she remained the epic fighter, loyal best friend, dedicated guardian, and impulsive and sassy teenager we all know and love, she was also mentally at war with herself more than ever before. She blamed herself for so many recent events, and tried to justify her actions to herself and others even when it wasn’t needed. On top of all that, she was grieving deeply while trying to be another guy’s girlfriend. And of course, she just couldn’t catch a break. But her perseverance through all of it is the cause of both her spot on my “favorite heroines ever” list and me wanting so badly to give her a hug. โค

The same can be said about Lissa. As the last of her royal line and a very special princess, she hasn’t had it easy, either. But whereas before she was a fairly timid girl, in this one, she finally came out of her shell and became epic in her own way. She did one thing in particular that I really wasn’t expecting, and it made me see her in a whole new light. I also gained a ton of respect for her.

I can’t really safely say anything about other characters, but just know I still love them to pieces and one in particular really broke my heart in this book. If you’ve read this series, my reviews for past books, or even my Goodreads updates, you can guess who. Also, I really like Adrian. ๐Ÿ˜‰

the setting

While the setting didn’t vary nearly as much as it did in the fourth book, Rose and company do stray from the safety of the Academy in Montana. In the beginning there are brief visits to Alaska and Las Vegas, respectively, but the brunt of the story takes place in the Royal Court in Pennsylvania. I loved the vastly differing descriptions of all of these places, especially those owned or occupied by Moroi; the mix of medieval and modern design seemed fascinating to me. Richelle’s writing style made all the locations incredibly easy to imagine, and that was one more reason for me to just fly through this book. ๐Ÿ˜€

the relationships

The relationships are definitely what get to me the most in this series. I absolutely love Rose and Lissa’s friendship, and how they always understand and help each other. They make my heart happy, and then Rose and Dimitri turn around and break it again. The two of them deserve to be happy, and I really hope their ending is. They’ve already destroyed my heart, and if they’re not happy together I’m not sure I’ll recover. They’re just written so well, and no matter how great Rose’s bond with Lissa (and Adrian, respectively) is, it can’t compare. If you like having your heart messed with the way you might in a Sarah J. Maas or Cassandra Clare book, read this series. It does the job just as well. <///3 ๐Ÿ™‚

the twists

Honestly, the middle chunk and ending of this book make the others pale in comparison. I didn’t think I’d be saying that after the end of the fourth book, but as I’ve said repeatedly, this series never fails to surprise me. The stakes were higher and more addictive than ever. (No pun intended.) I would also just like to say that the ending IS NOT OKAY. It’s easily one of the best/worst cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and for the past few hours I’ve been mentally slapping myself because I didn’t go ahead and grab the last book when I was at the library. YOU DON’T JUST END A BOOK LIKE THAT. YOU JUST DON’T. *_*


All in all, if it wasn’t clear already, I absolutely adored Spirit Bound. The series as a whole as definitely taken over the #10 spot on my “all time favorite series” list, and I’m not even done with it yet. I really want to read Last Sacrificeย and move on to Bloodlines, but I’m also not sure if I’m emotionally prepared for it. #booknerdproblems XD

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not sure if I’m going to read another library book next or not, because right now all I want to read is more in this world. XD I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! โค

Until next time…

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