Review: Last Sacrifice (VA #6) by Richelle Mead

Monday, April 14, 2014
Why I chose this book:
This is the final book in the Vampire Academy series. It is the last I will read of Rose’s sassy perspective. This is more me mourning the loss of this wonderful series. Have I told you guys how much I hate when book series end? It’s like getting your heart ripped out and trampled by a herd of elephants.

by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: December 7th, 2010
Format: Kindle E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon
Synopsis:
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

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 guardians 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 whole life is about saving others, who will save you? (Goodreads)

4 things you need to know about this book:

1. Lissa and Rose’s relationship does a swap.
I love this part of the book. For so long Rose has always been the protector, and now it is Lissa who is protecting Rose. Mead did not sacrifice Lissa’s gentle character. She didn’t make her out to be this Moroi fighter, but her strengths were developed and used appropriately.

2. Meeting the Keepers was a mix of odd and intriguing.
When they meet the Keepers (believe me this is not a spoiler), I was even more excited! It was another part of this vampiric society that Mead created with such vivid detail. At first Rose, Dimitri, and Sydney look at them with disgust and mortification at times, but then come to the realization they are just different. They are still people, and their actions do not make them more or less of a person; they are just different. 

I think this is very important to note in life in general. People, especially in America, look at different cultures and see the negatives or don’t understand the custom and call it bad. That’s not necessarily true. It’s just different.

3. Guilt vs. Forgiveness.
This book deals a lot with guilt and forgiving yourself. Dimitri and Rose are characters who have wrought destruction for the ultimate good of the Moroi and Dhampir society, but does the ends justify the means? Foregoing that question for the time being, Dimitri and Rose both struggle with the things they have done: Dimitri’s actions as a Strigoi, and Rose’s actions to protect and save those she loves. I love how Mead write about them finding forgiveness not just in each other but in themselves. For so long these books have been about the war the fought with other and for their friends, now the front lines is in their minds as they wage war against their own guilt and come to terms with the decisions that they have made. 

4. My favorite quotation.
 "'I won't be that guy, Rose. I won't be that man who takes someone else's woman away.' [Dimitri said]… 'I don't belong to him… I don't belong to anyone. I make my own choices.' [Rose replied]." 

                                -Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead.

Though this isn't some profound quotation, this was something that made me whoop for joy. In normal romance teen fiction, you hear the generic "I don't belong to anyone, but I belong to you' crap. And I love how Rose is a strong enough character to step back and say, 'I don't belong to anyone. I don't even belong to the man that I love. I belong to myself alone.' To me that is a great step of empowerment in teen fiction, and that's probably my favorite line just because of what it stands for.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, this series was addicting and enthralling. I was sad yet happy to see it end; I guess you call that bittersweet. Their stories were finished for the time being —not complete, but there were done. Obviously, there was a lot left unsaid and not everything was tied up into a nice, neat, pretty bow. That’s what you have the Bloodlines series for. Honestly, I immediately wanted to jump into that series, but I decided that reading a few of the ever-waiting ARCs would be a better use of my time and just to take a break so I don’t get burnt out. But after reading 6 lengthy books and wanting to immediately jump into Bloodlines tells me that this is a pretty good series.

I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.

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