Last Sacrifice – Review // The Book That Healed My Heart

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Book 6 in the Vampire Academy series
Genre: YA urban fantasy, paranormal
Pages: 588
Format: paperback
Source: bought
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plot: 20/20
characters: 20/20
setting: 20/20
relationships 20/20
twists: 20/20

Reaching the end of a beloved series is always bittersweet, and Last Sacrifice definitely was. But it also healed all the damage to my heart the previous 3 books caused, and was beyond what I had hoped for. πŸ™‚

the plot

As I’ve said before, I gave up trying to predict where this series would go. In this book, the Strigoi factor was very, very small, but it was interesting in many other ways. There was still the forbidden love, the conflicting emotions, the daring escapades, and the heartwarming friendships, but now with more political intrigue, royal drama, and something new: a murder mystery. I didn’t think the series could get any crazier, any more addictive, and once again, Richelle proved me wrong. This was so much fun to read, and if I hadn’t had school and homework, I’m sure I would’ve read this in 2 days or less. I doubted my love for the series could be reversed, and I was right in that aspect. This book has proven that the series deserves its new spot as #10 on my all time favorites list. I’m probably rambling, but I don’t really care. I adore this series, and if you haven’t read it yet or stopped a few books in, give it a chance. It will suck you in and destroy your heart, but also make you so, so happy. What else can we ask for in a series? πŸ™‚

the characters

This book proves more than before it that Rose has gone through extensive, amazing character development. She’s still the adrenaline-junkie, sassy girl I clicked with in the first book, and her dedication is seriously admirable, as are her fighting skills. But she’s more thoughtful, less impulsive, and has learned so much from her struggles throughout the series. After the end of this book, she doesn’t really need a hug anymore, but I would still love to be her best friend. Even a friend would be awesome, to be honest. I mean, I love her so much that I’m going to cosplay as her for Halloween. πŸ˜€

If I were to write full paragraphs on all of the other characters, I’d be here all day. Each character was near and dear to my heart, and I could honestly talk about them forever. Instead, though, I’llΒ try to just write short paragraphs. πŸ˜‰

Dimitri has gone through so, so much, but he got through it and got over the trauma. He’s protective, appreciative, quiet, and wise, and one of the best guys I’ve read about that isn’t in a Sarah J. Maas or Cassandra Clare book. He was probably the biggest source of my dismay as I read, and now that he’s okay, so am I. πŸ™‚

Lissa has experienced a lot, too. When I first met her, she was timid and anxiety-ridden, with natural talent as a royal but no desire to really make changes. Now, I wouldn’t say she’s outgoing, but she’s definitely very passionate. I love her attitude and the way she can literally handle just about anything, even the craziness of this book. She might not be a fighter like Rose or Dimitri, but she’s definitely someone to watch out for. She would also be an epic friend. πŸ˜€

I’ve loved Adrian since he was introduced in Frostbite. He’s like Noah Shaw, but as a royal vampire, and he happens to be an addict. But anyway, he’s arrogant, but in a good way, and very friendly and encouraging. Okay, he’s also a flirt. So basically, he’s the same guy that we all love.Β That aside,Β I never would’ve expected that he would be the one to break my heart in this book. If I had one complaint (aside from the fact that these characters aren’t real), it would be that I didn’t get a lot of information about he was in the end. *.*

Sydney has grown on me a lot since I met her in Blood Promise. She’s a fun and very unique character, and I can’t wait to continue on to her story in Bloodlines. I love the role she plays in this book, and that she’s gradually come to accept Rose and other vampires. This is huge for her, which you’d know if you’ve read the previous books, and I was proud of her for it. Once again, she would be a great friend. πŸ˜‰

the setting

Some of this book takes place in the Moroi Court in Pennsylvania, but a lot of it is on the road. Readers are taken to West Virginia, Kentucky, and Michigan, for various reasons, and it was a fun, intense ride. The descriptions were great and really pretty, especially since, for most of the book, the characters are away from civilization. πŸ™‚

the relationships

Remember in the first two books, when I said I didn’t like the idea of Rose and Dimitri as a couple? I do too, but we’re going to forget about that. Since the third book I’ve been completely on board, and I certainly wasn’t going to abandon that after everything. I love the two of them together, and I’m so glad things worked out. I’m honestly not sure if I could’ve coped if they didn’t. ❀

Rose and Lissa’s friendship is emphasized in this book probably more than any other, because even away from one another, each action is to benefit the other girl. They have one of my favorite connections in YA, and I don’t say that a lot. They’re basically perfect friends, because since the beginning they’ve complemented each other so well. Rose is strong physically, and Lissa mentally. I just love their bond. πŸ˜€ (No pun intended.)

the twists

This book had some of the biggest twists in the series, aside from the end of Shadow Kiss. I never would’ve guessed who was involved, or who would do what, or who played what part. Each book proves more and more that this series is anything but clichΓ© or predictable, and this was no exception. I know I say this a lot, and have been for basically every review as I read this series, but the story is a roller-coaster. If you like that (and who doesn’t?), please give this a try. I was surprised at what I found, and how much I fell in love with it. You could be too. πŸ˜€


All in all, Last Sacrifice was the perfect ending to an absolutely amazing series. I know I’ll definitely have to buy the books I don’t have yet, and a reread will happen eventually. I’m super excited to be able to dive back into this world with Bloodlines, as soon as I finish Empire of Storms. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

I’m off to finish Empire of Storms. πŸ˜€ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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