Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy 4) - Richelle Mead

MAJOR spoilers for those who haven't read the 1st 3 books in the series. So if you haven't, stop NOW! :p

Description:

DIMITRI'S HEART HAS GONE DARK

Now Rose must journey to the ends of the earth to find--and kill--her one true love...

Or has the time come to join him?

BOUND BY LOVE, BUT SWORN TO KILL...

The rest of the world had considered Dimitri dead. And to a certain extent, he was. But I hadn't been able to forget a conversation he and I had once had. We'd both agreed that we'd rather be dead—truly dead—than walk the world as Strigoi. It was time to honor our words.

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?

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This is it! One of the most anticipated YA books this year!

I've yet to read other reviews for Blood Promise, but as for myself, I find it um... let's just say, not quite what I expected it to be. But don't get me wrong. I was satisfied with it. More than satisfied, actually. Richelle Mead was able to sustain the suspense factor and add more twists and turns for this book, which is always a good thing. :) I guess I just found the first half of the book to be not as exciting as I would have wanted. There were some scenes that I thought weren't really essential for the overall plot of the book. (Really trying hard to make this spoiler-free. Haha.) But then again, that's just me and I have no idea what the author will be planning to do with the other books.

I must say, I've never liked Rose before as much as I did in this book. She made such a huge leap in maturity here as compared to the other books. My respect for her really reached an all-time high. The same goes for Adrian. :) And though I absolutely love Dimitri for Rose, I can't help but feel excited for the 'possible' pairing up of these two too!

Actually, my biggest complaint of all was that... there's not enough Christian Ozera exposure! C'mon, we (or I) need some of that gorgeous-bad boy sarcasm! LOL. Anyway, I hope the 5th book, Spirit Bound, gives me that. :)

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 3.5/5

Here's the next book's description from Amazon: (SPOILERS: if you haven't read Blood Promise)

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true— Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. Only this time, he won’t rest until Rose joins him…forever.

3 comments:

ParaJunkee said...

Urgh, I'm dying to read this, but I'm trying not to jump ahead on my TBR. I love Mead and this series is great, but her lover suspense thingy is frustrating. Great blog, great review. I'm now following.

austenfan said...

Hi ParaJunkee! I love this series too. :) Good luck w/ your TBR list!

Melissa said...

Great review! Thanks for stopping by mine--I added a link to yours on mine, as well.

Thanks for including the blurb for Spirit Bound, as well, I actually hadn't read it yet! I'm still hopeful I'll enjoy the next books more :-)

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