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Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

December 7th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Bought it

Publication date: December 7, 2010

Publisher: Razorbill

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description 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.

This is my favorite YA vampire series and I was excited that this is the last book in the series.  (Although a spin off series is coming!  The first book, Bloodlines, is due out August 2011.)  I eagerly dove into this book as soon as I got it in the mail but when I finished it I kind of felt let down.  I’m going to try hard not to give away any spoilers so sorry if some of this is somewhat vague.

The Storyline

As you can imagine Rose doesn’t stay locked up for long and she and her friends are trying to figure out who really killed Queen Tatiana, who is this mystery Dragomir that Tatiana referred to in the note Ambrose slips to Rose and Rose and Dmitri have to confront their feelings for each other.   The pace of the story was steady but not as much action as the earlier books.  Being the last book it was obviously a lot about tying up the little story lines that have ran through the series.  We find out what happens to Sonya Karp, the teacher turned Strigoi, the fate of Victor Dashkov, who Rose chooses and what happens with Lissa.  I think while not a bad book this did not grab me as much because you could guess pretty early on who the murderer would turn out to be and what happens to Lissa and Rose was kind of obvious as well.  In the fact the things that you could not figure out were never explained and the reader is totally left hanging.  I guess this was so they could be explained in the spin off series.  Which on one hand irritates me because I like to see things wrapped up nicely but on the other hand makes me even more anxious to get my hands on Bloodlines in hopes that I get to see more of some of my favorite characters and find out what happens to them.

The Characters

No real new characters in this one although we do finally get to see a lot more of Sonya Karp and Rose’s dad, Abe. I loved that Sydney is back and plays a pretty large role.  She’s turning out to be more feisty than she first seems.  A new group of people are introduced although they did not really add anything relevant to the story other than some comic relief.  I have a feeling that this again is something that was more of a setup for the next series.   I loved that Lissa was finally showing more back bone and not being as dependent on others to solve her problems.  In contrast, I found it irritating that Rose making so many obviously stupid decisions.  She is normally rash and lives in the moment but some of her choices made no sense and I actually had to put the book down at one point to say “Seriously?  You did not see what was going on in front of your face regarding Dmitri?”.

The Romance

Both Dmitri and Adrian get face time in this book and I was still torn about who I wanted Rose to end up with.  She and Dmitri just seemed like they were meant to be but could Dmitri overcome the trauma of being a Strigoi and allow himself to love Rose again?  I also love Adrian and really wanted him to be happy. He was so in love with Rose and was trying to change himself for the better so he could be with her.  So I could really feel for Rose as she had to figure out which way to turn.  I’m not unhappy with who she chose but of course I still feel bad for the other guy.

All in all…

I enjoyed this book but did not love it.  I did not get a feeling of closure for the series.  Instead it felt like one adventure was finished and it’s getting ready to launch you into the next book rather than a new series.  Not that this is a bad thing. lol.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Anaiz Martinez

    I pretty much agree with everything you said, I also found some of the romance to be a bit on the cheesyside. :/

  2. Michelle

    I just picked up the first book in the series since so many people are raving about this one. Sorry it wasn’t a better read for you!

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