December 1, 2010
Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.
"Review from Michelle R" By The Romance Reviews 2 years ago
Rose's story ends with a bang -- and a sigh, and gadoodles of laughs.
Vampire Academy fans can finally relax. All the loose ends we have been living with the past few years have been neatly tied up in the final book of the Vampire Academy series, LAST SACRIFICE. And just to make sure that the creepy, satisfied smile I've been wearing since release day remains, Richelle Mead has announced there will be a spin off series focusing on the tales of some of the secondary characters in Vampire Academy. Whoot!
All those new to the series, yes, you can probably get away with reading this book first or as a stand-alone. But why? Just don't do it. The six books work together to make every comma and kiss worthy of savoring in this amazing finale. All the characters we love to love (Dimitri anyone?) and the ones we love to hate (Can I hear it for Queen Tatiana?) have their moments as Rose moves from all that defined her milestones as she grew up, into the mature, capable and steady adult we leave at the close.
This is the book that defines what Rose's future will be like now that she is a graduate of the Academy. She's been accused of murdering Queen Tatiana, Dimitri lost a big part of who he was while he was Strigoi (including his ability to love), Adrian has become Rose's rock, and Lissa is no longer the shadow behind Rose, but the Royal worthy of that protection.
In their combined quest to discover who the true murderer is and to give Lissa the power to vote on the council, resolutions to all the conflicts and questions unfold. There are more twist and turns than a sailor's knot. Just when you think you have it all figured out, surprise, think again.
I can normally read a book or two a day. This one took me four, yes FOUR, days to savor. I just had to take every single word slow and cherish the whole experience. I want to give a big shout out to Richelle Mead, and a Texas-sized thank-you hug for such a joyful journey and satisfying ending. Thank you for keeping the ride going. I look forward to visiting the world of the moroi again and learning more about some of those who intrigued me along the way.
I'm not much of a fan of Young Adult books. In fact, you can typically find my reviews in the erotica section. Still, Ms Mead captivated me with Rose. The tone was always mature, but most importantly at the center was a truly complex character in a well-scripted and interesting world. There was nothing young, naive or simplistic about Rose Hathaway, making her captivating.
And we can't forget the many hawt men of the Academy. Dimitri, Rose's sexy guardian trainer who can protect my body any day of the week; Adrian, the spoiled rich boy who falls for the girl on the wrong side of the tracks, and Christian, the tortured emo dude who manages to snag the attention and love of a princess. What's not to love, right?
Vampire Academy is a wonderful series, and LAST SACRFICE continues that legacy. New fans, start with book one and enjoy the journey. Long-time fans, prepare to smile, laugh, cry, cringe and sigh. It's all here, complete with the most perfect ending I could have imagined. Enjoy!