Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Series #5)

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Series #5)

by Richelle Mead


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595143662
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Vampire Academy Series , #5
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 53,781
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 5.38(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richelle Mead lives in Seattle and is the author of the international bestselling Vampire Academy series. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, inventing recipes, and buying far too many dresses.

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THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN death threats and love letters—even if the person writing the death threats still claims to actually love you. Of course, considering I once tried to kill someone I loved, maybe I had no right to judge.
My dearest Rose,



THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS were strange. The other novices and I might have had the flashiest graduation, but we weren’t the only ones finishing our education at St. Vladimir’s. The Moroi had their own commencement ceremony, and campus grew packed with visitors. Then, almost as quickly as they came, parents disappeared—taking their sons and daughters with them. Royal Moroi left to spend their summers with their parents at luxury estates—many in the Southern Hemisphere, where the days were shorter this time of year. “Ordinary” Moroi left with their parents too, off to more modest homes, possibly getting summer jobs before college.


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CrazeeLuv More than 1 year ago
I agree with "Twilight who". I LOVED the Twilight Saga and have been crazy for that whole series but I was not expecting the thrill and the way I connected to the characters in this series! It has been a wonderful series to read and I'm SO excited for the next book to come out. I read the first 4 books all in one week because I was that excited and wanted more, more and more! I cried, laughed, got angry and clapped! I have the HIGHEST hopes Richelle Mead will not let us down and find some way for Roza (as Dimitri puts it) and her true love Dimitri back together and I'm hoping it comes from the grand healing of Lissa! Rose can be bonded to 2 people...Lissa and Dimitri...how awesome to have them all together. I'm also hoping that dream Rose had with Dimitri being together in the end...is fulfilled in the next book. The twists and turns (Rose's dad) in this series was just incredible and unpredictable. I can NOT see Rose with anyone else...Richelle made that connection between the two of them SO REAL and connected that they shouldn't be with anyone else...just can't see it. I love the dynamics between Rose/Dimitri (soul mates they are) and Rose/Lissa (bond mates). This book should be a movie as other comments have been mentioned. It is a vampire type book but it far more in depth with its characters and they are not just plain old "vamps"...awesome books! It would be an outstanding movie! The characters are young and some are older, which is great for us older people who can connect on a different level. Counting the days down for book #5!
thalia_lover More than 1 year ago
i think that this series will definitely keep you interested. i love how Rose handles things, because it is real. she struggles with decisions and with her temper at times like a normal person would and i think that makes the book easier for young teens to relate too. I also think that this book is unique among others because you think you know what will happen, but then it ends up completely different. And Rose herself acts just like alot of teens these days and i believe that something can be learned from here :) And as she struggles with her loves in this series she handles it the way anyone would. but she also has priority over her feelings because she cannot just run into their arms. She has to fight her own battles and make her own mistakes and that is something ever has to do :)
HSHale More than 1 year ago
Vampire Academy series is AMAZING! I just finshished Spirit Bound like a couple hours ago and I'm still freaking out!!! My mom thought I was gonna have a heart attack or something!I loved it the charecters are wonderfully developed Rose,Lissa,Adrian,Christian,and mostly Dimitri! Yes,Dimitri,but I won't tell what happens with him!I also enjoyed seeing a new side to Queen Tatiana,not a side I EVER expected.There was twists and turns I never expected to see there and was not preditable like alot of vampire books!The ending left with a BIG cliffhanger that left my heart racing,palms sweating,and me craving more! This is the best book I've read in a lond time! READ IT!!!
TL_Weiler More than 1 year ago
Just recently finished reading Spirit Bound and I have to say it was wonderful! With one book remaining, Spirit Bound was probably one, if not the best book of the series. It's rare to find a series that holds your action and keeps you on edge throughout the entire time, but this series will definitely keep you interested. It's refreshing to have an author that writes with so much passion and grace. I'm grateful the author is not stretching the series out just to sell more books (which she could do), instead she is providing us with a series that you will read over and over again. From cover to cover, Spirit Bound has many shocking and exciting moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat. No matter if you are a teen or adult, this is definitely a book and series that you should read.
Mel83 More than 1 year ago
It really screws up other peoples outlooks on the books. It's really infuriating when a five star book gets 3 1/2 because of all the people complaining about the ebooks not being available or costing too much. If you have a problem with anything other than the contents of the specific book you're reviewing, please go find somewhere else to vent about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 5th book in the Vampire Academy series has got to be the best one yet. It was full of suspense, and emotions ran high through out the whole book. Rose is mixed up more than ever. She wants Dimitri, but he seems to not want her anymore. On the other hand, Adrian is more than willing to be hers, and yet he's not... he's not Dimitri. The ending will leave you yearning for the next and last book in the series. Too bad we have to wait till the Fall!!! This book is a definite must read, and you'll find yourself going back to re-read some few special parts... at least that's what I did!
Caylin More than 1 year ago
I was not a reader before twilight and i loved those books i re-read them so many times that its crazy. After that i wanted to read something else and i was not really sure if i would find a book that i liked half as much as i liked that series.I saw the VA series and my husband got it for me for christmas, I fell in love with these books and the characters. I loved that Rose is a fighter and that she holds her own with the boys... well actually is better than the boys lol. She fights for what she cares about and its heartbreaking all that the she goes through for love.These books will have you crying and laughing and so mad that you just wanna say "What were you thinking" its so good. The passion is great. You feel what these characters feel and its sad in the end with Dimitri but hopefully it will end the way its should in the next two books. I cant wait for them to come out. This series tops twilight anyday!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite books. The story is fantastic. It keeps you entertained for hours.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
Beginning not long after Blood Promise closes, Spirit Bound follows suit with the other books and wastes little time catching the reader back up. The action begins immediately with only a line added here and there to trigger memories of what's happened before. With the big cliffhanger Blood Promise left readers on, Spirit Bound charges forward to face both those issues as well as a new array of events Mead has incorporated. Rose is still the same fierce, determined girl we've watched throughout the series although how she has matured across the books remains clear. Not a full personality change, but her overall way of thinking has shifted in accordance with the events she's faced and is very noticeable and well played out in Spirit Bound. This strengthens further throughout the book and with Mead's strong ability to write emotional scenes, the reader experiences everything Rose does. Her sarcasm and banter add relief and entertainment, even in painful or action packed scenes. Her interactions with Lissa return in this book, showing again how closely connected these two are- and not only for their bond. Lissa's character, I felt, grew tremendously during this installment. I found myself appreciation her far more than I had in the past and she now makes an even better counterpart to Rose. She develops her own intense determination and though she makes some shocking choices of her own, Lissa still remains a character most readers will relate to. Weak in many ways, it is understandable given her breeding and status and Mead continues to pull that through to the reader in a way that will negate most condescending feelings towards her. Adrian is still absolutely swoon-worthy, a sardonic playboy who holds the ability to love intensely. He holds his own spark and passion and his interactions with Rose are a shining portion of the book. We get to see some new sides of Adrian in this book, showing the full scope of his character, also adding new elements to the plot as a whole. Dimitri, of course, continues to play a role in this book, creating a large amount of friction throughout. His character is one of the best played out ones in the entire series. Mead does a wonderful job handling him in various situations, adding a few new layers and complications. This plot is as stunning as those before it and though a few parts were predictable, Mead laid the groundwork for them in previous books. The entire book, however, is far from predictable and Mead has once again thrown a major, shocking curveball at her readers to change the game yet again. The ease in which Mead weaves the entire story is astounding as she ties off some story lines, continues others and even reignites some. As with the other books, I find my mind blazing with theories and ideas of where things will go from here but the only thing I am sure of, based on the series as a whole, is whatever I come up with is not likely to be what Mead has in store. With a very enchantingly built world, established early in the series and expanded masterfully, a wide range of characters- many of whom the reader comes to know as personally and emotionally as Rose- and very fluent writing, Mead has another powerful installment to the Vampire Academy series. The overall thought put into things is becoming clearer, with each book showcasing Mead's talent more.
knox_kitrue More than 1 year ago
Richelle Mead did an excellent job on Spirit Bound. It has everything readers will want: love, action, suspense etc. It was probably my favorite book in the series so far and it'll definitely be interesting to see where Rose will end up in Last Sacrifice. If you want a great series to read go for Vampire Academy, in my opinion it's way better than Twilight or any other vampire books out there, the action is more raw, the writing is very well thought out and the story line is just plain genius! Spirit Bound gets two thumbs wayyyyyy up!
KellyB2 More than 1 year ago
I just finished Spirit Bound and I loved it!
pepper-ann More than 1 year ago
I love the first four books and couldn't wait for this one but than my heart broke and I wish I had never opened this book up. I get some of the story but it lost me with all the worship given to Lissa and nothing but heart ache to Rose. Why would Ms. Mead turn this story of true love into this mess? Why is it that Dimka and Rose have to be apart? Maybe things will straighten out in the next book but, I'm not sure if I'll even buy the next book if what I think will happen does. I can just about guess who the kid ends up being. I am so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5/21/10 I liked this book it was full of heartache and angst. Each of the characters dealt with their own love problems. The plot seemed to move really fast compared to the previous book. The book was mostly about Rose/Demetri/Adrian; I dont particularly care for how Rose strung Adrian along all throughout the book while secretly thinking of Demetri but she got her come comeuppance in the end. The ending was a total cliff hanger! I cant wait for book 6.
blueeyesCJ More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for a very long time for this book, so I would have been very mad if it wasn't good. But it was amazing! It was very different from the other books but still good. The only bad thing is the ending. It is kind of a cliff hanger. You are left wanting to know whats going to happen so if you want to wait a little while before ready, please do so. But I will say that I did not expect what happened AT ALL! I am usually good about guessing what will happen but I had NO IDEA that the book would take such a turn. It also doesn't start out slow at all. The whole book goes by pretty steadily. Not to slow but not to fast. All in all, amazing read, leaving you wanting more.
Davena-Avid-Reader More than 1 year ago
I am too siked about the next book. I have to say that I read the House of Night series and it was good, but I didn't connect with the characters. So hands down this series is better then House of Night. I connect with Rose and her love for Dimitri. I like the fact that Miss Mead had Rose do something she despised, which is the blood whore thing, because we do things that we say we wouldn't do. So making this story unpredictable and that's one of the things I love about it. I really hope that Rose finds a way to change Dimitri back to a dhampir and then they can be together, because I really don't want her to be with Adrian. I mean he's ok and everything but her and Dimitri are bound together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read I am a Stud Muffin
Tiff19 More than 1 year ago
The book started out great. It is a page turner and will keep you hooked until the last page.
Folgates More than 1 year ago
The last 2 books in the series have shown a different side of Rose. She's showing more emotion, putting her self first more offten. I love her as a badass who can take care of her self, and others, but it always annoyed me that she couldn't fully live her life. In this book she's putting herself first. She's still protecing Lissa, but she risked everything for Dimitri. She risked her future for him. All of Mead's book keep me on edge as i'm always shocked at what happenes. These books are so different from Twilight because ROSE CAN KICk ASS! I find myself torn between Dimitri and Adrian in this book. All in all i recommend this book to not just vampire fans, or romance fans but anyone who loved reading!
librachic More than 1 year ago
Finally the fifth book in the highly addictive Vampire Academy series,personally i have been dying to read this novel and now that i did i couldn't wait to write a review.Let me start by saying how shocking this novel was,It continues the story of Rose as she graduates and becomes a guardian officially,They travel to the royal court to get a feel of how life is there.Rose is currently dating Adrian,Lissa still by her side but not often as she is pulled away to attend events and meet the Moroi queen Tatiana,Rose and Lissa break Victor out of jail with lot of hard work and also help from Eddie,They do so to find out if there truly is a cure for Strigoi and apparently there is,Dimitri kidnaps Lissa and Christian on their visit to Lehigh college so the guardians form a huge rescue with Rose tagging along,Lissa has been secretly training to stake a Strigoi with the help of Christian,Serena and Grant her new guardians.It was startling that she was successful in doing so for Dimitri and miraculously he riveted back to Dhampir but upon return to the royal court he is in confinement and refuses to see Rose and says to the ever persistent Rose that his feelings for her are gone much to her shock and heartbreak but she doesn't believe him then all of a sudden she is arrested for the murder of Tatiana that was that most shocking thing of all and so i know i have to grab Last Sacrifice because this novel was amazing.
Rosemarrie More than 1 year ago
I love this series like no other! It is a total cliff hanger an dI find myself reading the books over and over again! The relasionship Rose and Dimitri have is just wonderful and so romantic. It is the best forbidden romance I have ever, ever, ever read! I can't wait til The Last Sacrifice comes out! I just can't wait! You should read the 1st chapter on The Last sacrifice online! It's really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had such an odd ending to a long and drawn out story (it was about 500 pages). I was ultimately disappointed since it seemed like such a filler to the series. It's funny, I thought for some reason that this was the last book of the series so I was very angry when this one ended (but later found out that there's another one). It annoyed me how nothing much went on except at the end where it left a huge cliff-hanger. Books like that annoy me because it seems like the author is just making an excuse for you to read the next one. I was also having trouble throughout remembering some of the past references and characters (since it took such a long time for this book to finally come out!). So I wish that Mead had recapped some of the previous events to understand this story a little more. As for the characters, I wasn't pleased with Rose. All the little things that I remember liking about her before were not really present in this book. It seemed like all she could do was chase what she wanted, but little changed in the end. Dimitri, of course, was a let down (I don't want to give too much away). As for Adrian, at the end of Blood Promise, I was into the possibility of him being with Rose. But now that it was actually happening, I didn't feel the same love for him that I felt for Dimitri. Fortunately, I highly doubt that he'll end up with Rose. I think Mead will pull Stephanie Meyer's Edward vs. Jacob thing, but of course Rose, just like Bella, will always run back to her true first love. On a positive note, I enjoyed the adventure and the anticipation that something great will happen and it kept me excited throughout the book. But the fact that it did not live up to this is what was so disappointing. I think the next (final?) book will be amazing so I can't wait!
morgananne More than 1 year ago
i dont have the books but my friends have them and i would annoy her until she brought them and the last book i had to wait 3weeks i was going throu withdralws it wasscary but when i finally read spirt bound i was on the edge of my seat and all emotional and i loved it (the book mot the emotional part)....... any age should beable to read it
jdiaz2268 More than 1 year ago
I think this series is great and has left me crazy waiting for the next.I love the Rose character and was so sad for dimitri.
tootsVT More than 1 year ago
this series was great i was alot like the other readers i did not want to finish this book knowing there is not another one and now that i finished the last book i pray she writes another one this is such a great story i love this vampire book and i also hope she writes another series about vampires i loved vampire academy it was the best go ahead new readers you won't be up set by this story now i also hope they come out with the movies wouldn't that be great but the books are better then any movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 50, this is a great read at any age, I didn't want to finish the last book knowing there wasn't another. I got lost in her stories and with an intense life (I'm a CEO of a major software company) that's a good thing. Thx!