Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: December 2010

Published :December 7, 2010 by Penguin Group (USA)
Hardback, 610 pages
Series: Vampire Academy Book 6

Summary from Goodreads:  Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you

My Review (Contains Spoilers):

Seriously, stop reading, right now if you don't want anything spoiled

Okay, I've given you enough warning, if you read any farther, it is your own fault.

DIMITRI AND ROSE END UP TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, so maybe that wasn't that much of a spoiler, as I 'm sure many of you already figured they would end up together. It was just meant to be, and wouldn't  have made sense if it ended any other way, right? Okay, enough of my randomness.

Rose Hathaway has been locked away, accused of murdering Queen Tatiana. She's frustrated beyond all belief about being caged like an animal, but she has faith that her friends will be able to find evidence that proves her innocence. Unfortunately, her trial date get moves closer. They only have 2 weeks. Which gives them absolutely NO time. It's hopeless, there's no way they'll be able to save her.... * Cue dramatic music*

Okay, you didn't REALLY believe that last part, did you? I hope not. If you did, I'm disappointed, because you should know her friends better than that. They're not going to let her sit in a cell, when the odds are stacked against her like that. They all band together to break her out. How? Well, it involves explosives, but that's all I'm going to tell you. Christian, Lissa, Adrian, Mikhail, Sydney, Rose's mom, Abe, Eddie, even Dimitri. They're all involved in some way. It could get them all in MAJOR trouble if anyone found out, but no one cares. Rose is innocent, so they'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

They ( and I won't say who goes with her) whisk her to a small town where--hopefully--no one will think to look. The intention being to lay low, while the others figure out a way to clear her name. Yeah, right. Rose doesn't like this idea at all. she feels like she should be out there helping. Doing something, anything, to help. She is used to protecting people, NOT having people protect her. She HATES having the shoe on the other foot. So at first, of course she puts up resistance (She wouldn't be Rose if she didn't). Then she realizes that there IS a way to help. She can find Lissa's half-sibling. Of course she has to convince her travel buddies first...

Victor makes an appearance as well, claiming that he can help, but Rose is hesitant, and understandably so. Because after all, Victor has never proven himself to be a trustworthy person.

The book took many twists and turns, some I expected, some I did not. For example, Tatiana's real murderer took me completely by surprise. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who the bad guy is, but nope. Not this time. So I have to say good job to Richelle Mead, who picked the least likely suspect to use as the baddie.

I liked the fact that, despite the seriousness of Rose's situation, there were still moments that were absolutely hilarious. If you read the book already you know what I'm talking about.

Over all, I'm very very happy with the way it all ended. The only exception being how it was left with Adrian. I was rooting for him just as much as I was rooting for Dimitri. I wanted so bad for them BOTH to get a happy ending, so seeing it ended between Adrian and Rose that way was just completely heartbreaking.

With the spinoff series coming out, and from what I've heard about it, we'll definitely be seeing more of Adrian, so that means he can still get his happy ending!!!!

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