Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice, the last installment of the Vampire Academy novels.
I've been engrossed in these novels a little more than I should've, but I don't mind a more frivolous read now and then, especially when the days grow warmer.

This novel doesn't take place in St-Vladimir, the vampire academy which set out the be main stage for this franchise.
Instead, it starts at court, with Rose being falsely imprisoned for murdering the queen.
After a few chapters she escapes with the help of her friends. Sydney, the alchemist she met in Russia, and Dimitri are her companions while she is being hidden away.
Meanwhile, Lissa and her friends try to find out who is really responsible for Tatiana's murder.

Rose has to trust her friends to ensure her future, but in the meantime she has a quest of her own that takes her all over america in search for answers.
She even has a alliance with Viktor, the villain she helped set free to get answers for Dimitri's restoration to dhampir life. Together with Dimitri and Sydney they search for someone who will change Lissa's life for ever.

This novel doesn't pack as much as the rest of them, not that they've been impressive to begin with. It has always been a light read.
But Last Sacrifice feels a little rushed. I would've liked a little more inner reflection instead of constantly rushing from point a to b.
Rose's ability to see through Lissa's eyes has been tuned a little too perfect in this novel. Everytime she decides to see what Lissa is doing, it's something to do with trying to prove her innocence. It's not realistic for her to switch at the perfect moments.
If Richelle Mead wanted us to follow both ends of the story, she should've told this one from two perspectives. Now it just felt fake.

Still, you don't miss any of the action and it's packed with action and adds a little romance to spice things up.
Of course Rose gets her happy ending. Dimitri and her ultimately get together, how painful it may be for Adrian.
That's what I like about such stories. The happy endings. You expect it to happen, and it mostly does.
In more serious fiction I get annoyed by it, but this particular genre screams happy ending.
It's nothing more than a fairy tale, but I enjoyed reading it.