Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead
Young Adult, Vampires
Trade Paperback (RAZORBILL, 512 pages, $9.99)
How far will Rose go to keep her promise?
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.
He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?
Author Site: www.richellemead.com
From Siberia With Love (4 stars)
In spite of their spirit based bond, Rose has left her best friend Lissa behind at St. Vladimir's to go off in search of Dimitri. She knows that he wouldn't want to be Strigoi and is willing to go to any legnths to find him and slay him. Even if it means she might get killed trying. But finding the former guardian is tough when her only lead is that he grew up in a dhampir village in Siberia. Has he returned to the one place he could call home? As she seeks out Dimitri her path crosses that of some very interesting characters from a manipulative Moroi gangster to a shadow-kissed and spirit bound couple her adventure reveals more and more about the world of vampires.
Yet when she finally does find her former teacher, the man she loves, will she be able to kill him? Or could Dimitri be the one man who could convince Rose to turn monster?
I really love this series and Rose as a character. But I've never been a Dimitri fan. I've been wishing he'd get killed since Frostbite. I know, I know, hate me all ya want Dimitri fans I just don't like him and Rose together, okay? That said, I wasn't sure where Mead was going to go with this book. I mean... I may not like Dimitri but Rose loves him! Surely she'll hunt him down and something epic will happen. It doesn't quite happen that way. I was a bit frustrated with how slowly everything moved along and with the secondary storyline happening back at St. Vlad's it felt like I was swimming through literary molasses.
I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending (which I won't spoil but the synopsis for Spirit Bound will so be warned) but I like where the storyline of the series is going. I also really liked the places that the series is going with spirit users.
Overall I would almost rate this one as just okay but I see this as kind of a pivot point book. That lets me like it more than I would have if this were more of a stand alone. if you're a fan of the series you can't miss this one and expect to read the next. It might seem a little like filler but some important things happen in this one, even if the story isn't as kickbutt as the first three.
J. Lee Moffatt @ Drops of Crimson
Notes: I purchased this book brand new.