by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Release Date: November 13, 2008
by Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin)
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Let the feels begin.
I don’t really know where to start with this book, or this series. It’s just amazing. Granted, it isn’t very well written, but the story is just so interesting and the world is so engrossing that it doesn’t even matter. This book was funny, thrilling, sad, and feel-inducing. I loved how Mead continued the series and the world that she has managed to create is so amazing that I don’t want to leave. The story line and staging were both very well done and there was, I felt, a lot of information in this book, not just action. I have to give credit to Mead because she describes everything so well that I feel like I’m actually there when something is happening. It completely draws me into the book. The ending was absolutely heartbreaking. [SPOILER: You have the moment of elation when you think “Yes, Dimitri and Rose will FINALLY be able to be together and gosh they just love each other so much” and then shortly after you have this sinking feeling and think “They just finally truly accepted that they love each other and they’re so happy and then Dimitri has to go and be turned Strigoi and now my heart is broken.”] Gee, thanks Mead. But, other than that, I loved the ending, with all the action and fighting, and also all the change that is going to happen. This book did a lot of world building and setting up for the rest of the series.On a theoretical note, [SPOILER: I can’t figure out what is going to happen to Lissa. Rose is going to kill Dimitri, but I think that, somehow, Dimitri is going to come back. So I guess Lissa will be out of the series for a while. ] That’s an interesting way for Mead to take the series.
This cast is one of the best I’ve ever read. Rose Hathaway is like my favorite person ever. She’s my spirit sister. I really wish I was her so I could be a kick-ass fighter and of course so I could get Dimitri. I love Rose’s spunk, attitude, big mouth, personality, and inability to follow orders. I’d like to think we’re kind of the same because we both have short tempers and dark hair haha. But yeah, Rose is awesome.
I also feel the need to mention Eddie because he was in this book a lot. I really liked him. He was so damaged but at the same time so strong. I kind of have mixed feelings about Lissa though, [SPOILER: because she refused to heal Dimitri (even if he was still human) and was so selfish when it came to Rose leaving for Dimitri. ] I sometimes find Lissa annoying. Even though her and Rose are best friends I don't think Lissa realizes just how much Rose is giving up for her.
Dimitri “Russian God” Belikov, get in my bed. Now. I don’t even know where to begin with Dimitri. This man is just perfect. He’s dark, he’s brooding, and he’s deadly. But at the same time he’s sweet and caring and gentle and reads Western books and always wants to do the right thing and [SPOILER: I just can’t believe he’s gone and I cried and my feels are hurting and IT’S NOT OKAY! I’M NOT OKAY! MY BABY HAS TO COME BACK! ]
I HAVE to know what happens next. [SPOILER: Dimitri is hanging in the balance and I need to know how this all ends. ] I love the characters and the world for this series, and I don’t want it ever to end.
Richelle Mead's other YA books:
Vampire Academy series (6 books)
Bloodlines series (5 and counting books)