The Ruby Circle (Review)
reviews / March 26, 2015

I was really looking forward to reading this book and seeing how everything worked out in the end, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end. Pretty much the way I felt at the end of the original Vampire Academy series as well. But I’m still holding out hope that perhaps there will be more stories in the future.

Last Sacrifice (Review)
reviews / June 6, 2014

Overall, though, I think that Last Sacrifice was a pretty strong ending for the series. I’m glad that the main characters are continuing on – although in a diminished capacity – in the Bloodlines parallel series, because otherwise I’d have been sad that their story was over so quickly.

Spirit Bound (Review)
reviews / June 5, 2014

Title: Spirit Bound Author: Richelle Mead Publication Year: 2010 Pages: 496 Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library From the cover: After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . .forever. (This is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, after Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, and Blood Promise.) In following the subplot of Dimitri having turned intro Strigoi, keeping Rose hostage while trying to convince her to “awaken” with him, and her eventual escape, Spirit Bound does a really great job of keeping up the adrenaline level. Even after giving a short time lapse before the beginning of the novel, the intensity of the relationship between Dimitri…

Blood Promise (Review)
reviews / June 4, 2014

Title: Blood Promise Author: Richelle Mead Publication Year: 2009 Pages: 512 Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library From the cover: The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa — the one she has sworn to protect no matter what — and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most? (This is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series, after Vampire Academy, Frostbite, and Shadow Kiss.) After the events of the first half of the series, Blood Promise really takes on a different feel to it. For one, most of the book takes place off campus, away from school. Rose goes looking for Dimitri all through Siberia, trying to find him to kill him instead of letting him live on as a Strigoi. While that’s happening, things at St. Vlad’s go on without her, and…

Shadow Kiss (Review)
reviews / June 3, 2014

After reading the first two books in the series, I was really excited to read Shadow Kiss. I figured that it must be the point where Mead would hit her stride, and things would be high-octane and intense right through the novel. This didn’t quite turn out to be the case, though. Instead, it starts off slowly, as things go as much back to “normal” as they possibly could at the Academy, and as change begins to foment in their world. Plus, there’s the small matter of the trial and sentencing they’ve been waiting for since the end of Vampire Academy, which was more … slow-paced … than I would have expected.