Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)


Blood Promise
By Richelle Mead

Page count: 504
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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:

After the way Shadow Kiss ended, I was desperate for Blood Promise. I expected it to have the same excitement and pace that Shadow Kiss did, but instead I ended up highly disappointed. It had a slow start (for the majority of the book, not much was happening), and I was disappointed with the direction that it took.

I found Rose to be a lot weaker in this book. In some parts, she was pretty pathetic and had no self control, and I found it was as if all of her training practically went out the window (she hesitated and could barely throw a punch). I didn’t like how she took a while to think of a plan (it just made the story drag) and do something for herself.

Though I enjoyed the new characters, I didn’t like Lissa. She was really selfish and unpleasant to everyone around her, especially to Rose through the bond. I didn’t like her in Shadow Kiss, but I hated her in Blood Promise. Everything she did was pretty pathetic, and she made really irritating decisions.

The book got a lot better towards the end. Like all of the books in the series, the ending was really exciting. There was much more action, and although Rose still made a few stupid decisions, she was much tougher. I liked how she was able to (somewhat) save the day, as at the start of the book she was a bit rubbish.

Because the book took a different direction compared to the rest of the series, it was obviously setting up for next books in the series. I’m hoping everything will come together, and everyone will be really important, and play their part. Everything will have mattered, and there will be a truly epic conclusion. Most of this book didn’t go anywhere and was repetitive, so I’m hoping the rest of the series is going to continue with the fast pace of Shadow Kiss, and go back to being a truly awesome series.


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