Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Posted on 05/16/2011 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Blood Promise by Richelle MeadBlood Promise by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #4
Published by Razorbill on 8/25/2009
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 503
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.\r\n\r\nThe 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?\r\n\r\nNow, 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?

Blood Promise keeps the pace of the first three books very well. In it, we find Rose having left the Academy and striking out on her own in Russia…specifically, Siberia, Dimitri’s home country. She’s on a mission to find him and release him from his “undeadness,” something she battles with herself over, because she’s not sure she can do it.

Lissa has her own war to wage – without even knowing it – back home, with the introduction of new faces, as well as old, to keep her on her toes. Only this time, it’s different: she doesn’t have Rose for protection. I still find her to be a weak character, but I’m a little unsure if I am giving her a fair chance. I wonder if Mead wrote her to be weak to offset Rose’s personality. Or maybe she’s not weak at all, and we’ll see more of her strength in the next two books as she learns more about Spirit. It’s still hard to say. But my opinion on her strength of character doesn’t detract from the wonderful story at all, especially when there are other characters who carry the book so incredibly well. I have continued to ADORE Adrian…his character can be so charming and flamboyant, and yet at the same time, he’s deep and serious. I think if Rose didn’t love Dimitri so much, Adrian would be the perfect match for her. Heck, maybe he is anyway! And Dimitri…!!  I won’t go there because that will spoil it if you haven’t read it yet.  But wow! Rose also meets new faces in new places, battles continual internal conflict and we get to watch her grow even more than in the previous novels. I won’t spoil anything here, because whom she meets and where are a major plot-line in the story, but suffice to say, it was a great plot-line and I hope it continues. Richelle Mead continues to write an excellent story, filled with rich characters and places and I can’t wait to read the next.

Courtesy of richellemead.com

About The Author:  Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens.  Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When not writing,, she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. Lots of dresses. She is a self-professed coffee addict, fights a constant (and losing) battle with procrastination, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.
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