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 nearly 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.
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Rose and Demetri will never catch a break! Strigoi Demetri is pursuing newly graduated Guardian Rose and it does get exciting. The last book left you excited to see what happens next and this one leave you saying,"Wait! what? That is the middle of a chapter not an ending!" I really hope they land on a recurring narrator for the next one. This narrator was so distracting that it took away from two of my favorite characters [Demetri and Adrian] Her male voices were terrible and distracting. I loved the story, but my advice would be to preview before downloading. The narrator nearly ruined it for me.
My kids think it's funny when they hide my sanity...
As usual Richelle Mead does not disappoint. It was a smooth transition from the last book and she left me wanting more and more... Ah how long before the next book!!!
Another solid installment in a light, fun, good series that is well-narrated. I like books like this that are easier to digest while gasping for air on the treadmill or fighting crazy New Jersey drivers in traffic. This series is very solid and improves from beginning to end. I'd essentially give it 3.5 stars for story and overall, but bumped it to an average of 4 because it is one of the better installments in the series and the narration is so solid.
Cant wait for the next book in the series, Hopefully it won't take forever. This is another great read in this series!!
I loved this book. Blood Promise bored me a bit but Spirit Bound more then made up for it. Full of surprises, twists, a love triangle & even a couple of cliffhangers. Rose Hathaway is a kick-butt narrator and Adrian Iashkov can make a girl swoon. You're left wanting the next (and last) book. The narrator was good, not as good as Khristine Hvam but good.
This story is great. This series gets better with each book. After the first book, this really ceased to be a YA series to me. I would recommend this to any Urban Fantasy lover. It is one of the better series. Those who don’t like the teen (or chick lit) genre will perhaps trudge through the first 1-2 books (though I certainly loved them) but by Book 3 this book becomes great Urban Fantasy. Though I loath to compare this series to Twilight or Harry Potter, since they couldn’t be more different, I think is much the same in this one regard – it is more YA for the first 1-3 books, and broader appeal in later, when the characters become central combatants of more world shattering dangers.
I really really wish they would bring the old narrator back. She was Rose. It’s very disjointing to have this new voice, whose personality is cooler, and whose face and figure - everything - just looks totally different to me.
Emily Shaffer is talented; my grudge is only that I want them to bring back one of my favorite narrators of all time, Khristine Hvam, who totally nailed the flippant and fiery tone of the main character. Indeed, the humor isn’t really there anymore – its written, it just doesn’t really come across as all that funny.
Maybe Emily can read for the Storm Born series? I hate that narrator - she sounds like a 50 year-old chain smoker who wears coke bottle glasses and has frizzy hair, not a young, hot athletic bad-$$ with red hair and catlike violet eyes. That choice of narrators I just don't get. But I digress.
I have to say it could be worse. They could have changed to a bad narrator, like Cassandra Norris, who seems to inherit all successful YA urban fantasy audio book franchises, and make them totally unbearable.
I couldn't wait for this one to come out, and devoured it right away. I was disappointed in the voices for Dimitri and Adrian. Adrian sounds like a simpering idiot with a bad English accent, and Dimitri sounds. . . not sexy. The story was kind of dragging along for the first half and then, just when it started getting interesting. . . You have a bomb dropped and its the end and nothing to do but wait for the next one to come out. I was a little disappointed, this seemed kind of a waste of time. "Spirit Bound" is definitely lacking something, but it did build on the story, and I am still hooked and can't wait for the next one to come out. I agree with other reviews regarding the voices for some characters. . . they just didn't seem to fit.
I would reccommend it simply because it is a great book and the narration is clear and understandable set with an easy pace.
I just love Rose's sarcasm. All throughout the series her sarcasm makes me smile. I also enjoyed the character development that Lissa goes through; before she was weak and selfish. In this installment to the series she did something for Rose of her own will even after Rose told her not to because she knew Rose needed it. I think their friendship progressed to a more balanced relationship rather than the one sided relationshp it had seemed to be for a while.
Not really a scene but within the first couple of pages Rose reads a letter from Dimitri. That letter made me laugh so hard. Probably my favorite part of this book aside from the ending result with Dimitri.
Mikhail's involvement in getting Rose, Lissa and Eddie out of Court was heart breaking. He let Rose go because of the similarities they shared concerning their now Strigoi loved ones. Later, Mikhail says he knew Spirit makes the user's more alluring but he swore she didn't need it, she was beautiful on his own.
It has been years for their love to possibly fade yet he is still as in love with her as ever, enough to let Rose get away with what she did. Mikhail is a favorite character of mine now.
I didn't think for the first half Emily Shaffer was adequatley representing Rose's attitude, particularly the sarcasm. The latter half was better in tune with Rose's character. Her voices for many of the side characters seemed the same and too loud, as if they were talking across a room rather than to someone near them.
Emily Shaffer did really well with Lissa's voice, however.
In less than a month I have gone through the entire Vampire Academy Series and Bloodlines. I love the storyline and now that I am on the last book....I am not looking forward to it ending, I really hope more books are added to the series!
I also loved the narration and was unable to stop listening
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