Blood Promise is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Vampire Academy a YA urban fantasy, is one of my favorite series, and although Blood Promise is very different than the ones that came before it since a huge part of it doesn’t take place in the Academy and is far away from the main characters (besides Rose) that we’ve grown to know, this book, like its series, is amazing. It gets ten out of ten stars, and is recommended to fans of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
Summary (goodreads): WARNING: THE SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS:
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?
Non spoiler review – I loved this book so much. It wasn’t the best installment in the series, and it was very different than the rest of the series considering the majority did not take place in St. Vladimir’s, but it was a great story that I immensely enjoyed. We learn a lot about Rose, and join her badass personality on her crazy search for Dimitri. We also get a taste of what Lissa’s life is like, since the two have bonded. If you’ve read this far in the series don’t stop now, it’s worth it. If you haven’t read Vampire Academy yet, this series is an Urban Fantasy about vampires at boarding school, with hilarious characters and exciting plots that you won’t ever want to stop reading.
Spoiler review –
He is not who he used to be.
Rose knew that. She knows Strigoi are not who they used to be. But she allowed Dimitri to drug her, so he can control her. Rose lost it for a second, she looked at the Strigoi and saw Dimitri, and that was her first mistake. She ignored everything he ever taught her. But as much as I want to, I still can’t completely blame Rose for everything that happened. Dimitri is still Dimitri, even if he is also a monster, and she still loves him. And once he drank from her that was it; she was hooked, and he knew that. I respect Rose for knowing how to stop it, and realizing something was wrong even if she was so dazed. It was weird seeing Rose in such a weak position after knowing her as someone so strong, but once she realized what was happening she really came back into the Rose we know. She was also very aware of the difference between “I want you” and “I love you”, which is also very admirable considering how much she loved Dimitri.
I love Dimitri’s family, even though I lost a lot of respect for Victoria after she refused to hear Rose out. I suppose it makes sense that she wouldn’t, but Victoria seemed to totally shift. I did end up loving the grandma – she was the smartest of all of them, and she knew exactly why Rose was there and supported her. That couldn’t have been easy, but she handled it beautifully.
I loved how the whole book was Rose’s story and Rose’s life, yet it easily shifted into Lissa’s life so we still know her as a main character. I think it was done beautifully, and I love how the two stories connected in the end. I hope to see more of the new Soul powers in Spirit Bound, and to of course get more of Dimitri after that amazing ending.