Review: Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, the long awaited last book in the Vampire Academy series was released on December 7th in hardcover print and eBook formats.

Goodreads description:

The astonishing final novel in Richelle Mead’s epic series!

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.

Time is running out for Rose Hathaway. She has been accused of killing the Queen and is now awaiting her death sentence. With only a couple weeks before her trial which will surely result in an execution, will enough evidence be found to free her?

Even with the help of her crafty father Abe things aren’t looking good. Just what will Rose have to do to prove her innocence? As a guardian, Rose has always put the needs of Lissa first, but in order to ensure her survival she will have to break that oath. But will her sacrifice be something greater? Will it be the life of someone she loves or will it be her own?

*** No Spoilers***

“With that one sentence, everything in the universe changed.”

Last Sacrifice, the final book in the Vampire Academy series delivered on all the promise and hype leading up to its release. There are an infinite number of possibilities for what will happen to Rose, Dimitri, Adrian and Lissa, and the story will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Author Richelle Mead created an elaborate puzzle for her characters to solve, with each missing piece having to be determined in order for Rose to be saved. The questions of who was responsible for killing Tatiana, who framed Rose and who was Lissa’s alleged sibling all needed answers, and quickly.

Last Sacrifice, while just about six hundred pages, felt like a story half its length. The story picked up momentum very early on and did not stop at any point. There were so many twists and turns in the plot with just as many surprises and only a few “I knew it” moments.

This has been an amazing series taking readers to countless highs and lows along with the characters, so many of whom were lost along the way. The author made each character come to life with their individuality, magnetism and charm. Each character was so well developed with distinct attributes that were unique to this series. And while all readers may not be happy with its ending, it is definitely a series not to be missed.

Reviewer gives this book a resounding [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I’m so glad that I discovered this series last year. It was one of the first series that I read in the YA genre and I fell in love with it immediately. It took about five pages for me to become obsessed. From the very first, Rose was always such a strong, determined and passionate character and her love for her friends made her that much more endearing.

When I began reading the series all books but Spirit Bound were out so I’ve only had to wait for the last two and they were so worth the wait. (Lucky readers who are only now starting the series won’t have to wait!) While this last one wasn’t my favorite of the series – only because it was the last, answering questions and tying up loose ends, rather than opening new doors – it was a perfect way to end the series. (I’m giving up no spoilers here, but almost all questions are answered by the end.)

This review comes a day later than planned. Sorry, but it took me longer than usual to read this book because I knew that when I reached the end it would be the end of Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Adrian and Christian’s story so I had to keep putting it down, as if that would somehow delay the inevitable. And, although I am sad that their tale has ended, it will be interesting to read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead in 2011 and finally get to read her Dark Swan series that I’ve owned for ages.

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