Vampire Academy #6
Author: Richelle Mead
Source: Personal Purchase
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
(December 7, 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.
In the final book in the Vampire Academy series, author Richelle Mead brought action, drama, suspense and romance to one novel. Why I am sad at this series coming to a close, I am excited by the idea of jumping into the spin-off series that follows this book. I was a little hesitant in reading this book because I knew the series was coming to an end. I wanted happily ever afters for so many characters but I didn’t want to take that final journey knowing it will be over.
At the beginning of the book, we are with Rose in the cells. She has been arrested for murdering the Queen and is being held before her trial. Needless to say, the preliminary trial doesn’t turn out for the best. It has been found that there is more than enough evidence for her to stand trial as a murderer. Yes, the reader knows she didn’t do this horrible crime, but the Royal community does not. When she tried to slip into her bond with Lissa, she finds that she is being blocked. She can’t believe Lissa is blocking her and can’t figure out what she is up to. Lissa, Christian, Abe, Eddie, Adrian and Dimitri are all planning a way to break Rose out of jail. They know Rose will be a fugitive and will have to hide, but it also buys them some time to try and figure out who really did kill the Queen. In the midst of all of this, Lissa is nominated for Queen and must undergo her own trials and tests. If this is not enough drama for the reader, add in the mystery of a missing Dragomir that is not suppose to be alive and we have another problem that Rose is forced to deal with.
What can I say about this book to convince you that this series is worth the time to read? If you have read my reviews for the previous books in the series, then you know that I am a huge fan of them. I will say though that this book didn’t reach the awesome factor as much as the previous ones. Yes, there is a lot going on, but I missed the connection between Dimitri and Rose. I wanted them to connect even more than what was presented. There was quite a bit of page time for these two, but I wanted more for them and wanted Adrian to be more of a presence with them. I felt the way Rose handled the situation with Adrian at the end was a little cruel on her part. I wish she would have stuck with what Dimitri had wanted in the first place and talked to Adrian first before the event happened. My heart broke for Adrian and I do hope that the author has something planned for him.
Overall this was a great conclusion to a great series. Does everyone get their happily ever after? Does Rose become Lissa’s Guardian? Does Lissa become Queen? All these can be answered in this book when you start reading it. I can’t wait to read the spin-off series next so I can see familiar characters again and hope for another happily ever after!