Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Title:  Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)
Author:  Richelle Mead
Release date:  August 25, 2009
Publisher:  Razorbill
Pages:  503
Source:  Bookstore

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read the first three books in this series, do not read this review!

Okay I lied in my previous reviews.  The Vampire Academy series is a new favorite of mine.  Any series that keeps me up late four nights in a row is an automatic favorite.  I know I’m not going to get any sleep until I finish the last two books.

The ending of that last book was so shocking.  I could not believe all that had happened and I immediately dove into this one to see what was next for Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, Lissa, and Christian.  This book probably held the most surprises out of all, so far.  A lot of new characters are introduced and not all of them are good.  I really did like the new additions though I can’t say they compare to the original cast.  Rose is one of my favorite heroines after everything she went through in this book. I also liked the changes in Lissa towards the end.  All the characters have really grown since the first book.

The plot for this one started off slow.  I wasn’t immediately hooked like I was in the previous books but it still did not take more than 60 pages for me to be dragged back into the story.  And once again the ending stunned me.  I am so very glad I don’t have to wait to start the next book.

Overall, Blood Promise is a fabulous book and like I said, the Vampire Academy series is wonderful.  Definitely check these out if my previous reviews haven’t already convinced you to do so.  =)

First line:  Once when I was in ninth grade, I had to write a paper on a poem.

Rating:  A

Cover:  A

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  1. Liz. R

    VA is one of my favourite series too! I love it. And though I agree the beginning of this one was a bit slow, it’s actually one of my favourites of the series because it’s so different to the others! Glad you enjoyed it :). Great review!

  2. LoriStrongin

    Love, Love, Love this series! Though sometimes the pacing in the first two books lagged a bit, IMHO, Richelle knows how to write engaging characters that you just can’t help but want to know more about!


  3. Shae Carcar

    I’m completely obsessed with this book. I have 1 more book to go and that’s currently in the mail somewhere out there, taking it’s precious time to get to me grr But blood promise WAS COMPLETELY EPIC! I loved the whole battle between dimitri and rose it was so scary and romantic at the same time! AH!

  4. Christina Kit.

    This is one of the best series EVER!! I love Rose’s character growth, how she handles the moral and ethical and personal dilemmas between guarding her best friend and wanting to live her own life and protect the man she loves.

    I love the world Richelle created. It’s completely unique and I think it’s as much a YA vampire classic as Twilight!

    Lovely review 🙂

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