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Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4) Paperback – April 6, 2010
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? . . . The most exciting yet . . . Mead's storytelling improves with each installment, as she keeps readers on the edge of their seats while adding a few unexpected twists.? ?The Associated Press
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The heart of the story focuses on the hero Rose Hathaway's journey to fulfill the promise she made to herself and Dimitri. During this journey, Rose finds herself in situations she would never have imagined--mob-like characters whose intentions are ambiguous, other aspects of Moroi life she was not privvy to, along with her first encounter with a dhampir commune, meeting other dhampirs with a vendetta like her, and finally, her heart stopping confrontation with Dimitri. No spoilers will be given, for that would take away at the amazing story Mead has created, but rest assured, you have seen absolutely nothing yet.
The novel was a mind-blowing experience full of amazing adventures and action that showed no signs of letting up at any point during the reading. Richelle Mead's writing has grown more sophisticated and despite the dark setting is full of humor and will make you race through the pages, leaving yourself blinking at the last page wondering where all the time went.
All you people who want to micro-analyze the plot twists and the technicalities can go on being bitter about what you find doesn't make sense or fit into your little box of rightness. I want to take this for what it was - an emotional roller coaster and a great read AS PART OF A SERIES OF BOOKS. Trying to make the books what you want them to be makes you the author and not Richelle Mead.I wanted to hate the book at times and I wanted to believe so many things were going to turn out to be true. Somehow Richelle Mead would make it all turn out all right in the end. I had to rationalize it somehow because my heart was breaking. The further I got in the book, the more my heart ached and somewhere down inside I knew how it would turn out. Just when you think you know and you've cried and cried, you find the author has let you have a glimpse of salvation. Just a morsel to hold on to.
Perfection in any author is not possible. Said author will never be able to please all of the people all of the time. At one point in the book I was so heart broken that I realized I could never read another of her books.Read more ›
I mean, it wasn't just the romance between Rose and Dimitri that has kept me riveted, but to see it end the way it did, was beyond painful.
Rose is hurting and it's awful to read about her broken heart as she tries to keep the most important promise she's ever made to the only man she'll ever love. Keeping the promise will probably kill her, literally and emotionally, but she's determined. She heads off to Russia, hoping to find Dimitri's hometown and thus him, but things don't go at all the way she's planned.
After a strange encounter with an Alchemist (trust me, it's an odd but interesting twist to the story) she finally tracks down Dimitri's hometown in Siberia. What follows is sad heaped on a weepy pile of despair as she meets Dimitri's family, visits places he used to go and finds a bonded pair of gifted moroi and dhampir.
Then the unthinkable happens; she finds Dimitri.
I wont say what happens next, just that it wasn't what I was expecting and it was the better for the surprise.
There was a lot going on at home too with Lissa, Adrian and a new person at the school who seems a little too good to be true.
All I can say about the ending is that it sets the stage for an exciting and hopefully happy book five.
Sigh, more waiting.
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead is the fourth installment of the Vampire Academy books. After the cliff hanger ending of Shadow Kiss, I immediately picked up this one. We follow Rose on her quest to Russia and Siberia to end the life of a loved one. She drops out, leaves Lissa behind who is completely crushed. I can't really say much more, but a lot of twists happen and we meet some great new characters, one in particular, Sydney who is a human Alchemist and if I'm not mistaken now has her own spin off series. I'm not surprised. She's very intriguing but doesn't have enough space for herself as Rose has so much to say.
You may ask why only four stars as the previous two books have been five stars. There are a couple of reasons and not really a problem with the writing, just my own personal preferences. I just didn't love this book as fiercely as the previous two. One reason is we get out of school-- it's like Harry Potter. I loved the first four books in some ways more so than the last three for that reason alone. Second, Rose is at her lowest, and while that's a necessary development, I love seeing her as the strong kickbutt woman we all know and love. And she is weak for the first 2/3 of the book. So that dragged a bit for me. But there are some TERRIFIC twists in the plot, that Mead is so incredibly good at. So this book like the others, regardless of my own personal opinion, is a must read.
Overall, emotional and gripping continuation of Rose's story. But because of how wrenching this one was, I think I may have to take a little breather before continuing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the fourth book in a series that now had five if I am not mistaking. I did not personally read the book, but I am writing the review for my daughter as I purchased for her... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jeremy
Couldn't put this book down and when i did i had to get the next one.Published 12 days ago by Cheyenne Waddington
it was an amazing book. i couldn't stop reeding it. so many twists you could never expect.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This series is wonderful if you love adventure and excitement!!Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best book in the series so far. Each book seems to get a little better as the overall story arc progressesPublished 1 month ago by sundancer's mom
Rose's adventure is sure to keep you on your toes. A story that leaves you wanting more. Twists you'll never see coming.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer