What was love, really? Flowers, chocolate, and poetry? Or was it something else? Was it being able to finish someone’s jokes? Was it having absolute faith that someone was there at your back? Was it knowing someone so well that they instantly understood why you did the things you did—and shared those same beliefs?
Blurb (Goodreads)- 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?
Thoughts- I finally finished this series! It hasn’t been that long since I started Vampire Academy (about 3 months), but I swear this series dragged on way too much for me. Don’t get me wrong, Last Sacrifice was a very solid read, it just suffered from being part of an overall iffy series.
Much like every other book in this series, the final installment picks up from where the last book left off. When looking at all six books as a whole, this book by far had the best pacing and the most interesting plot line (in my opinion). While there were certain aspects that I felt were unnecessary, especially during Rose’s plot line, it still managed to keep me interested the entire time. Much like in Blood Promise, Rose and Lissa are apart for a good majority of the book and we see Lissa’s point of view through the bond. However, it felt more refined this time and not as sloppy.
However, many of the characters swapped positions with me this time around. I was still annoyed by Rose most of the time (what’s new there), but for the first time in all of the books… I actually liked Dimitri. Here’s the real shocker, I even cared about Rose and Dimitri for once! No, I still don’t think their relationship is morally right, and I still despise the fact that Mead felt it was okay to romanticize this situation and make it seem okay for her young readers. Yet, I actually felt like these two had an actual connection for the first time. I also loved Lissa this time around, and she actually did quite a lot to further along the overall series plot, for once.
Even with all of that, many of the side characters suffered this time around. Adrian became annoying and was reduced to the buffer between Rose and Dimitri (I hate the fact that Rose dragged him along like she did, it bothers me so much), Eddie disappeared and was only around when Mead needed another guardian, and I wanted more Christian and Mia. The only side characters who truly grew this book were Rose’s parents and Sydney.
Last Sacrifice did feel like a true ending to a long series, which was fantastic. Of course, not every single plot line was resolved, but the overall story got wrapped up nicely and ended with a pretty happy ending. The story actually felt climatic, and although the ending was a tiny bit boring (like every other book in this series), there was a very distinct beginning, middle, and end. This next part is a spoiler. It will be in white text, highlight to see. (Although the fact that Tasha Ozera was the killer was so stupid. It was literally out of no where, with no hints along the way that the reader could pick up on to try and deduce themselves before it was actually revealed. So dumb.)
Overall, this was a pretty solid ending to the Vampire Academy series. While I’m definitely not a big fan of the series as a whole, I am glad that I pushed through to finish reading these. If you’re going to pick any books in the series up, I’d just recommend going in not expecting much.