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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Title: Last Sacrifice
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6
Pages: 594 (Hardcover)

Release Date: December 7th 2010
Published by: Penguin

WARNING!: This post might be a little too spoilery.

*Fidgets* I've been sitting here for about 30 minutes, trying to come up with an awesome introduction to the awesome finale of an awesome series, but zit. "Awesome" is not even enough to describe how epic the Vampire Academy series had been. Sure, I thought the first book was a tad tedious for my liking, but as the series progressed... I couldn't even remember how slow I thought it was. Suddenly, it went all the way up from okay to the scale of awesomeness.

Rose has been the most interesting female main character in the world of YA I've ever met. She's sarcastic, witty, stubborn, loyal, funny, and ever so full of surprises. If this were a different book without a 'Rose,' Dmitri would've annoyed me to death. His Gary Sue-ness isn't something I particularly like in my male hotties. But the fact that he complements Rose so much... well, is just that. :D I love that however wild Rose is, Dmitri is there to handle her - the only one who can handle her. And knock some sense into her. And to make her feel complete. Hee! I am such a cheeseball! Looool! Adrian, also, has been an amazing character. Christian, Rose and him have been my favorite characters. They have this somewhat similar interesting personalities that you can't help but admire. Adrian would have been the type of guy I would go for should this be a normal situation. He is the bad boy I would love to see straightening up his attitude for the female main character. I so loved how considerate and understanding he had been to Rose no matter how many times her promises to get over Dmitri were broken. It hurt me to see him finally exploding from the pain that loving Rose brought upon him. I didn't see it coming and it was sort of out of character of him. However, I still fully understand his outburst. For a moment, I wished it was him who Rose chose, but then, as what Rose reasoned, it would seem totally wrong to choose him instead of Dmitri, true love aside. I would love to see him on Bloodlines though. *Is silently praying it would be Sydney and Adrian* And of course, there is Abe as well. The old man is as witty as ever in Last Sacrifice. I love how superior he thinks he is. His confidence is astounding! And absolutely hilarious.

Last Sacrifice picked up where Spirit Bound left. Rose is still imprisoned whilst the others are on to plotting something to help Rose break out from prison. Rose then sets out on a journey with Dmitri and Sydney to find Lissa's half-sibling. With the help of Victor Dashkov and Robert Doru, Rose was able to restore Sonya Karp from being a Strigoi back to being a Moroi, who then helps Rose and company to finally find Lissa's sibling. I have to say I was disappointed with how predictable Lissa's mysterious half-sibling was. It lacked the element of surprise. Which I was anxiously anticipating. The mysterious killer of Queen Tatiana was someone whom a lot of people have predicted as well. But I have to give credit to Mead because although it was predictable, the twist that came with it was so not.

Before its release date, Penguin revealed the last sentence of the series:

"I don't know. But I think it's going to be good."

As I neared the ending, I knew it was really going to end. And it wasn't because there were only a couple of pages left, but because I could feel that Rose was finally going to iterate those words. It gave me the feeling of longing  even though there were practically tens of lines still. To know how the series was going to end without it ending right at the moment made me feel like I lost a valuable book or something - which is losing a lot. I actually missed the book already without having read the last paragraphs.

There were also a lot of unresolved things that were left hanging. All were pointed out by Adrian. I just hope these unresolved things will be tackled on Bloodlines. Gosh, I miss Rose and Dmitri already.

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About the Author:
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. 

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latishajean said...

I can not say enough about it too. Vampire academy it is my favorite and I loved Last Sacrifice it was so good. I love Rose and Dimitri and will miss them alot!I love Richelle mead books:)

Naj said...

That was an AWESOME introduction. :D Lol. Thanks for the review! I can't wait to get Last Sacrifice. 5 days more and it should be at my door step. :D

Btw! I awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award:http://unputdownablebookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-have-been-honored-with-stylish.html

Unknown said...

Great review! I really need to read this series.

Julie said...

This series is next on my to-buy list for my Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn. Right now, she's in the midst of the House of Night series, and I still have to buy 6-8 for her - THEN VA, here she comes (and, of course, as a responsible parent, I read her books too .. simply in an effort to ... ahem .. monitor her reading ... yeah, that's it ... I monitor her reading). If today's YA had been around when I was actually a young adult, I'd have probably simply locked myself in my room and surrounded myself with books.

Michelle Flick said...

Like everyone, I loved this series and so terribly sad when it came to an end... I agree with you about Rose. I cant think of another female character out there that was as awesome as she was. Dimitri, well he's my boyfriend in my mind... yup.
I did find it upsetting that some characters futures were unsettled. I was attached to everyone in the series and I want to know they are "OK." I do have a question, what is Bloodlines? Can someone clue me in? Thanks

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

I absolutely LOVED this series! :D Admittedly, Last Sacrifice wasn't one of my favorites, but I definitely did enjoy reading it! I was left in such a melancholy mood when it ended, primarily because I DIDN'T want it to end, you know? I'm so excited to read Bloodlines - I hope it's as great as the VA series. :) Although I have to admit that I'm gonna miss my Rose...

PinkStuff28 said...

It's seems like i really need to start this series myself :D

I hope i like it as much as you :)

Larisa Papy said...

I love this series too!It's a must-read if you like this kind of books.I was so sad when i finish Last Sacrifice.I want more VA!!!However this is not possible anymore so i really wait for Bloodlines to be released.This will not be the same thing but it's better than nothing.Good review!

Lisa said...

Great review. I love this series! Can't wait for the spin-offs! I'm sure they'll be just as magnificent.

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