The 5th book in the Vampire Academy series was nothing short of what I expected it to be. There was action (of course!), a love triangle – thus fulfilling my “Love Triangle” Challenge- mystery, murder and laughs. All elements that make these books my guilty pleasure. I am sure I have told you that before and I know I’ll tell you again; I love this series that much!
Rose Hathaway has finally graduated from The Academy and she was lucky to do so. After dropping out of school and spending months in Russia tracking Dimitri, returning to life as an official guardian was going to be harder than expected. Especially when your Strigoi ex-man candy is hunting you. Rose is still hoping there is a chance of turning him back into a dhampire and with Lissa’s help, it may be possible. Returning Dimitri isn’t the only thing Rose is worried about though: the new love in her life is causing a tug-of-war battle in her heart, someone is stealing important files on the Dragomir family and Victor Dashkov was broken out of prison and is on the loose. Most importantly, Queen Tatiana has been murdered and Rose is the prime suspect. This girl has a lot on her plate.
This book had a lot going on in it, probably more than the others ever did. It had multiple story lines that the others did not have which made the book better than the others. Of course, you have Rose and Lissa but then you add in Adrian (who hasn’t been a major character until this book), more Dimitri, more of the Queen and a “life at court” story line. This all gets mixed into a pot and boom, you have more of a challenging book to follow. Don’t get me wrong, these books are not hard to read at all but this book in particular just has a lot going on in it. I like it, a lot! With all of this going on, the book has very little slow parts or boring material.
Since Dimitri has become a Strigoi, his entrance in the last novel was awesome. You didn’t see him coming and when he appeared, it was shock worthy. This novel was no different, when he came into the story, it was a surprise he showed up like that and was a show stopping moment. I definitely re-read the scene to get every visual I could out of it. You could probably tell that was my favorite (or one of them) parts of the book.
What I also liked about this book is that now Rose is an adult so she is being treated like one and she is finding out that she can’t get away with a lot of things she use to. She finds out that “adulting” is hard. I like watching Rose growing up through the books and change as a person; taking on serious responsibilities she looked at as a joke in the first few novels. Don’t worry, she doesn’t lose her sarcastic tone we have all come to love.
The beginning is a little slow, that is the only thing that I disliked about the book. It took a little while for things to get going but when they did, getting through the book was easy like all the others. So fear not, the slow does not last long at all.
Lots of things going on in the story making it non-stop
Character development goes to the next level
Fun to read, as always!
The not too bad:
Slow to start, just a tad boring.
Overall: This series is fantastic and I would recommend this book and all the others to anyone looking for a young adult series to read.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Only one more book to go in this series.. I can’t wait to see how the series ends and who Rose becomes.
Up Next: Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham