Blood Promise – book review

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Blood Promise is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Rose has just dropped out of St. Vladimir’s Academy and set off to hunt down and kill her boyfriend, Dimitri, who was turned Strigoi against his will. She remembers vividly how she and Dimitri spoke to each other of how they would wish to be killed if they were turned Strigoi. So Rose heads off to find the man she loves… and kill him. But will Dimitri want to be killed? Would he rather live a life of death and destruction, rather than sacrificing himself for the lives of the people he will kill?

Rose’s search for Dimitri begins in Russia/Serbia because she believes Dimitri would want to return to his home country. On Rose’s quest she meets a girl called Sydney, an Alchemist, (which is a human who knows about the Vampiric world and is sworn to protect the secrecy of it), who is ordered by her officials to keep an eye on Rose. Sydney reluctantly agrees to take Rose to Dimitri’s hometown.

Rose and Sydney end up staying with some of Dimitri’s relatives, which makes the mission even more heart breaking. Once the truth is told to Dimitri’s family about him turning Strigoi, Rose decides to leave the peaceful town and go Strigoi hunting with a bunch of teenagers in the hope of finding Dimitri.

Rose has prepared herself for killing Dimitri, but will that be enough? Will Rose keep her promise to Dimitri, or will she join him? Will all hope be lost?

Blood Promise, along with the other Vampire Academy books, is not a book I would be sad to read again. I just love how this series flows and how it keeps you interested the whole time. Admittedly, I was upset that Rose wasn’t with her friends back from the Academy, but I guess that’s because Rose is in Russia most of the time. I just loved the way Rose and her old friends interact together and how the characters fit so well together. But I found this book introduced a lot of new characters, most of whom I don’t think will be in the last few books, but I liked meeting them all and saw each of their different personalities. My opinion of Dimitri was completely changed in this book, and while I still loved him, I found him intimidating and a bit scary. I still want Dimitri and Rose to be together, but I don’t know whether I was happy or scared about the ending of this book. Either way, I loved Blood Promise and I would give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.

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