Review: Blood Promise

By Richelle Mead
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“No one had ever called me unnatural before, except for the time I put ketchup on a taco. But seriously, we’d been out of salsa, so what else was I supposed to do?”
-page 38

Title: Blood Promise
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin
Book: #4 of Vampire Academy
Genre: Supernatural Romance
Found: Series
Rating: 4 Voodoos

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 review for book 3 can be found HERE. (And in there you’ll find a link to my review for book 2 etc etc)

First things first, I hate that I ruined so much of this storyline for myself by reading the quotes I found on pinterest. DON’T DO THAT!!! Having said that I still managed to find this book at least a little emotional so that’s something! Also, Clearly I have book 4-6 now!! There will be no break for you guys however, if you’re actually into reading these on the blog you’ll have perhaps read my review for book three yesterday, or just a moment ago or even next… I’ve had about a 13 day wait! THAT’S ALMOST A FORTNIGHT!

Yes I’m feeling dramatic, but I don’t get colds and yet I’m on my second cold already this year and I didn’t even get a break between them, so I’ll be as dramatic as I like.

I’d say not a lot happened in this book, comparatively, except on closer thought I guess a lot did. We were introduced to Sydney who is the main character in the bloodlines series (so far as I can tell without re-reading the whole blurb and giving myself MORE spoiler issues). We learnt about what she is and what she does, we met Dimitri’s family, we spied on Lissa a bit and found out she had a new friend, we met a scary gangster Moroi, we spied on Lissa, we learnt more about spirit and stragoi, then we spied on Lissa some more, and then we had some foreshadowing and more promises.

I loved her time with Dimitri’s family.Not only do we get to see where he came from, but we get to learn more about him and see what his family thinks of Rose. LOVED his grandmother too. She was amazing. And his youngest sister was a bit of a tween towards the end, I’m betting she’s regretting her words right now and I really hope we get to see when Rose sees her again because I want to know what she has to say. I’m kinda pleased she’s probably feeling guilty but I don’t care.

It was also interesting to see Lissa go through what she did without Rose and how it all went down. Honestly, does no one at this school pay attention to what’s going on? After the last time Lissa/Rose’s behaviour changed you’d think someone would have kept an eye out. I also like how they received Rose upon her return. It felt like they were finally taking her seriously too. As to the other stuff we’ve learnt about spirit – it seems amazing! I already know more of what it can do – unfortunately (yes, spoilers) but learning the little bits a step at a time is pretty amazing.

Still unsure about this age gap, because, y’know, there’s all the previously mentioned reasons, but Rose and Dimitri just fit together so well so it doesn’t bug me even though I’m pretty sure it should but it’s a feature again because I’ve just read Gambit by C.L. Denault and that had the same age gap between two of it’s mains, except the girl was whiny and brattish and the man was stern and harsh and they really had nothing in common and it was just weird because it wasn’t the same, except it was because he had a position of power over her two and they just didn’t fit and it seemed wrong, yet Rose and Dimitri seemed right! See my issue here? Though I guess it’s getting smaller? :p

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