Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Also by this author: The Indigo Spell, Spirit Bound
Series: Vampire Academy #4
Also in this series: Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice
Published by Razorbill
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Read in: April 2014
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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?
*This review will contain SPOILERS* This is due to the fact that I believe a lot of the community has already read this series and I’m just a last minute Lucy on this one. *
I always seem to find that I enjoy Mead books. I have read many of her books and books in different series and I have liked them all. However, I have always been waiting for Mead to really impress me, to blow me away with her writing and to make me add one of her books to my 5 star shelf. Well let me just tell you that this is the first Mead book that I’ve read that has finally achieved that 5 star rating.
At the end of the third book I was still enjoying the story, characters, and the world but I needed more! I believe that if you love books where your heart is left to bleed out on the table then this is the book for you. Rose is the star in this book and I finally feel like I know who Rose really is now. In the previous books she spends so much time and effort on taking care of Lissa and even taking care of Dimitri in some ways that I never really feel like we knew what Rose would do in a situation that was entirely her own making and her own choices. I like that in this book she is very removed from people because it allows her to have that time to reflect on what she really wants and she also is able to show us her emotions over Dimitri being undead.
I love how strong Rose was in this book. She went full force into the world to save the one man she loves from a fate that they once thought of as worse than death. She knows that Dimitri doesn’t want the life he is living so she sets out to fix it and I have to admire that. She has this drive to kill her one love even though she may die in the process. I have to say I have never been a huge Dimitri fan but this book oddly enough made me a fan. In this book he is so different that it reminds the reader just what a good guy he was in the first book. Plus I love that when him and Rose are together in this book that there is time to reflect on their past relationship and I enjoy the fact that Mead was able to have an older teen book because she does bring about the topic of sex and what they had together. I felt that their relationship was real and that it wasn’t just some sad teen love story. I felt for their love and loss of it and that was what was beautiful about this book.
I could go on and on with what I loved but I think I loved this book so much because Rose not only grew up but she also experienced many of the ugly sides of love in this book. She doesn’t have her happily ever after yet but I still hope she gets it.