This book blew me away. I love how Richelle Mead wrapped up everything. I loved how everything connected and there was no rough edges. Everything was believable. I liked how we got deeper into characters that she just blew off in her other books. Like Sydney, Serena, etc. I didn't really like how she left some characters hanging though. I wished we would've found out what hold Abe had over Sydney. I wasn't really pleased with how things turned out with Adrian either. But the way she put it with Rose and Adrian's past, you knew that things would get better for them.
This was the best vampire series I had read. It was mature, and full of twists and unexpected turns! Beautifully written, it will stay in my mind for a long time!
I'm not sure how I feel about the end of this series. Overall the book and the characters were in keeping with the rest of the books. Young people acting their age, thinking they're more mature and experienced than they really are, etc. Entertaining to read, not particularly edifying. Rose has always been rather unlikable, nothing changes in Last Sacrifice. In fact her character is further impugned by her extremely shabby treatment of Adrian and to a lesser degree Sydney, Eddie, and Jill. None of this was really unexpected except I'd hoped we'd see Rose maturing and learning life and character lessons though all this. But around book four, some ideas began to come out that I was very disappointed to find completely unresolved in the final book. I guess I thought where Mead was going with all this was to make Rose a catalyst for change. I'm an adult reader just reading these books for pleasure. Yet I find myself feeling like Richelle Mead is doing young adults a disservice with this book and the unresolved BIG issues. I refer to racism. To me the undercurrent through most of these books is the real imbalance in the relationship between the Moroi and the dhamphirs who serve them in slave-like fashion. They are expected to "put Moroi first", risk or even sacrifice their lives for these people who basically don't pay them, make them live in dorms, accept punishment even in their private lives, serve those who think dhamphirs can and should be conscripted into service, and they don't even have a voice in the government. I never really saw any reciprocity in the relationship between Rose and Lissa and even after book four, never got the impression that Lissa wasn't just a spoiled selfish child who occasionally did something for Rose bc it's "right" not bc she really wants to. I think the idea was to show that the dhamphirs and the Moroi have a symbiotic kind of relationship, that they need each other to survive. But the dhamphirs are treated as servants or slaves. There is no respect for them among the Moroi except in a very condescending manner. That this issue was left unresolved and kind of unaddressed is not just frustrating, it makes you wonder about the author. She clearly brings these concepts into the story. What does it mean that this is left hanging, almost not even addressed? What is the takeaway here? Life's a bitch and then you die? It's okay to be a slave? Its okay to have slaves? In the adult world you just have to accept things? I don't like these messages. I'm not suggesting the message is Teen Saves The World! But the youth voice can be very important in our society. Youth votes and actions can effect change. Why not show that here? I hope teens who read these books finish with critical thinking rather than the takeaway that second class citizenry is cool.
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com
Rose is in jail, awaiting her trial for the murder of Queen Tatiana. Rose isn't good at being patient and away from the action. She can't stand being locked up. It's driving her crazy.
Then her father lawyer comes for a visit, telling her the trial date has been moved up. Instead of having a month, they might have two weeks. Rose knows that's not going to be enough time to uncover the real murderer.
She doesn't have much time to worry, though, because on the date of the funeral, her friends break her out of prison. Now, she's on the run and supposed to go into hiding.
But Rose never does anything the easy way. She also has a secret to uncover from the late Queen. Can she clear her name and put the kingdom back to rights - or will she be forever on the outside?
LAST SACRIFICE is a perfect ending for an amazing series. I love Rose for her feisty behavior, for her loyalty, and for her moral compass. I'm going to miss reading about her adventures: the danger, the friendship bond, and the romance.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is simply a marvelous series.