Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review of Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) : by Richelle Mead

Title: Blood Promise
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: August 2009
Pages: 503
Source: Library

First Lines:

"Once when I was in ninth grade, I had to write a paper on a poem. One of the lines was, “If your eyes weren’t open, you wouldn’t know the difference between dreaming and waking.”

Back Cover:

Guardian 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?

My Thoughts:

Wow. Blood Promise definitely upped the level of intensity that began in Shadow Kiss, the third book in the Vampire Academy series. In this latest installment, Rose is off to Russia to do the unthinkable...track down and kill the man she loves. Why? Because Dimitri Belikov, Rose's former teacher and one-and-only love, is worse than dead. He's Strigoi.

This book left me in emotional turmoil. Not only was the ending of Shadow Kiss extremely tragic for Dimitri and Rose, but Rose's entire journey through Blood Promise left my own heart aching in sympathy. It's been a while since a book has done that for me! With that being said, Rose Hathaway has definitely become one of the strongest female characters I've ever had the chance to meet, and I absolutely love her!

Out of all of the books so far, Blood Promise definitely deals with the most characterization of Rose, however, I missed the presence of the minor characters, and I'm not quite sure if I like where the series is headed. While Blood Promise did a great job of conveying emotions, it also got a bit repetitive at times, and it was a much slower read for me than the earlier books in the series. I'm still looking forward to the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, Spirit Bound, which will be released in May of 2010! (I'm also hoping to see a little more of Lissa, Christian, and Adrian!) Can't wait!

This book received a 3 star rating.

This book is also part of the Helluva Halloween Challenge.

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