Late last night I finished Last Sacrifice, the last book in the Vampire Academy series. Though things wrapped up the way I thought they would, the book didn’t end the way I hoped.
Last Sacrifice arguably was the hardest for me to put down. I don’t know if it was because I was so excited to see how everything worked out, or because it was really that good. I purposely waited until the morning to write my review in hopes that my head would clear. Not sure that it has. Without being spoilery, I’ll tell you what I liked (and didn’t like) about the last book.
One of the things that I liked about the book was that the characters stayed true to who we had believed them to be throughout the series. Richelle Mead didn’t change them to make the ending work. This was also a problem. By the end of the novel, most of the characters seemed to change from when we were first introduced to them, except Rose. Sure she came to some grown-up realizations about love and life, but she still seemed like the love-struck girl from the first novel.
One of the things I loved about her arc was how she saw the truth in her connections with the men in her life. Both Adrian and Dimitri had gone through the ringer, but Rose realized what many young adult novel heroines never seemed to. It’s alright not to have a man in your life. Don’t worry fans, I’m not saying that’s how the books ended. I loved this because so many other books in the genre make it seem like a girl’s life isn’t complete if she is single. I believe that is the wrong message to send. How different Rose Hathaway is from Bella Swan and Elena Gilbert is what made me fall in love with her.
Though I did like how the book ended, it wasn’t the ending that I hoped for. I can’t really expound on that without ruining the ending, so I won’t. The interesting thing is that Richelle Mead truly could have ended the book a couple of ways, and all of them would have worked. I guess, like Rose, Mead also had a difficult decision to make.
Vampire Academy may have ended, but Richelle Mead hasn’t stopped writing about the Moroi world. Instead she has started a new series titled, Bloodlines. This series features many of the characters we already know from VA, but instead of Rose being the narrator, her human Alchemist friend Sydney takes the lead. I can’t wait to see how this series fares in comparison, but will have to wait until I get the eBook from the library. In the mean time, I have decided to re-read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
With the feature film adaptation only a month away, I have decided to re-read this popular young adult series. For those of you who have been living in a cave, The Hunger Games is about:
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.
The first time I read this series I devoured them in a week. How will the series hold up with a second look? Find out in my next book review. In the mean time, what did you think about how Vampire Academy ended? Were you happy? Sound off in the comments below!