The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.
He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?
I gave Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) 4/5 stars.
Now, Blood Promise wasn’t my favorite Vampire Academy book, but it wasn’t my least favorite as well. I guess I was pretty indifferent about it. Honestly what made me feel indifferent about this book was Lissa and how she behaved in this book. She was without the care of Rose for the first time in a long time, she had a new royal friend, and was just plain old jealous of Jill and Mia hanging out with Christian. She was acting like like a teenage girl, but it just rubbed me the wrong way and I wanted to skip every scene that she was involved in. I’m going to stop there, because I don’t want to talk about Lissa anymore in terms of this book.
Rose, Rose Rose. Oh the situations you get yourself into. I have to say, Blood Promise gives readers Rose at her prime. Out on her own, surviving, making new alliances, learning more about what it means to be shadow kissed, learning about spirit, how to save strigoi, and hunting down the man she loves. When it comes t the alliances Rose makes on her adventure, Sydney and Abe (I mean it is not really an alliance but I call it one) are my favorite. I think it was interesting watching Rose learning about a new subculture of her world the alchemists from Sydney. I think overall Sydney was my favorite character in Blood Promise. I think Sydney balanced out Rose quite well and I liked them as a team more than Rose and Lissa. That is probably an unpopular opinion, but I don’t care. I think they are great together.
When it comes to Abe…I honestly wished it wasn’t so easy to guess why he was so important and cared about Rose so much. After his second appearance in the novel or so, I said to myself, “Okay Jesse Abe is ….” if you read the series you know who Abe is, and if you haven’t go and read the series, because I am not going to spoil it for you!
Now, did anyone else like Strigoi Dimitri more than his regular self? Well, I did. Again, probably an unpopular opinion, but I loved Dimitri as villain. I mean he wasn’t quite a villain, as he was honestly just wanting to have the life Rose and him had talked about, granted just as strigoi. I found it very interesting seeing how accepting of his new life and his willingness to change Rose. I half expected Dimitri to be in hiding, ashamed of what he became, but I was shocked to see how Richelle took this story line. I was shocked but very pleased with how it played out.
Honestly, I can’t say anything bad about this novel, expect for how I felt about Lissa and her story lines in Blood Promise. Let me know what you thought about Blood Promise below in the comments!
About the Author:
Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.
Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.