Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

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?


Rating: 3/5

I didn’t care for this book. Quite frankly, I really didn’t like it. Which pains me to say, because I love Mead’s writing.

But …

I just straight up thought this book was boring. It had its moments, sure, but the focus of this was predominantly giving us some resolution to the last book.


Sure, everyone needed time to grieve after the conclusion of the last book. And, obviously, Rose especially did. But more than half of the book was spent with Rose wandering around moping. And oh yeah, she even got distracted from what she was doing and considers settling down in the middle of Siberia and living a normal, boring life. I totally get grieving, but that didn’t need to take up so much of this book.

I think Rose spent far too much time explaining her emotions over Dimitri. In fairness, I’ve never lost a loved one, so I’m sure that I wouldn’t react similarly. But Mead’s job as an author is to make her writing interesting. I was bored and frustrated, and just kept thinking, “Get on with it. We all know what’s going to happen. Fast forward, at least a little, and get to the good stuff, cause I know it’s coming.”

Overall, I was painfully disappointed. I’ll still finish the series out of pure dedication toward Mead (and yeah, I’m still interested in the macro plot of the series), but I’m nothing like the Mead fan that I’m used to being.


Posted on July 28, 2014, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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