Source: Bought audiobook (approximately 13 hours)
The pain of failing to kill Dimitri is haunting Rose, literally. Or rather, Dimitri is hunting her. If she won't join him as a strigoi then she can't live at all. Dodging Dimitri, Rose is trying to be the respectable guardian graduate while piecing together the rumors of magic that might bring Dimitri back. But even if she can pull off the impossible, what does that mean for their love? And what about Adrian, Lissa and the rest of her life? The choices she makes will have far reaching consequences for everyone Rose loves. Will she choose right and can her heart stand the choice?
5 stars - a must read
Let me start with the narrator, Emily Shaffer, since I listened to this book. Emily read book four as well and I was glad she was back for this installment. I enjoyed her voices/accents, especially for Dimitri. She had me totally engrossed in the story. I will say that the music that was added to was odd. I really prefer to have no sound effects when listening to a book. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story though.
This series has just gotten better and better. Book four had me sad but this one had me riding an emotional roller coaster. I was very impressed at how Richelle crafted such a amazing storyline. Somethings were expected but done in ways that were totally surprising. Rose continues to be a fabulous fighter with strong feelings for protecting Lissa and loving the men in her life. But she has grown a lot over the course of this series. She thinks a lot more before she jumps in now. She still jumps in though, which I love about her.
I love Adrian. He is so in love with Rose it's not funny. I worry for him, though. She doesn't feel for him what he does for her. No her love will always be for Dimitri and boy was that heartbreaking in this book. I will admit to be confused by Dimitri in this book. I guess a big piece of who is was is gone or hasn't yet healed. I cried though. It was hard.
Christian was a bit perplexing as well. Boys! Sometimes they just don't do what you expect from them. I was happy with were Christian landed in this book though. He has a such a fun snarky personality. Love the boy.
So this one was a fast read for me even though it was an audio book. I found every opportunity to listen to it and even stayed up late to finish it. Can you say double speed? This is a must read series for all YA fans. If you haven't started it, you need to get to it. It's for sure worth the time.