Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Summary: How far will Rose go to keep her promise? 

The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir's Academy was the deadliest ever in the school's history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri. 

He'd rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa-the one she has sworn to protect no matter what-and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

This is the fourth book in the young adult vampire series, Vampire Academy.

Review: I was a bit disappointed by the third book so I was glad when I enjoyed the fourth book more.

The info dump at the beginning of the book was a tad unnecessary. Rose did irk me at the beginning and throughout some of the book. She compared her chest to other people and seemed to think hers was better because the other girl's wasn't as big. She also thought it was vain to think that she looked good. People enjoy looking good. There is nothing wrong with that. Also, what is so wrong with wearing dresses? A person's worth is not based on their clothing. And you can still look sexy in jeans and a t-shirt. Perhaps I didn't notice how obsessed Rose seemed with Dmitri in previous books, but you can certainly see it in Blood Promise.
Honestly, not much happened in the book and the last hundred or so pages contained the most action in the series. That wasn't too much of a bother because even the long drawn out scenes were done well. There were a number of new characters introduced and a new agency. Some will be back in the next two books, but the others won't. While it was part of Rose and Lissa's bond, the ability of Rose to go into Lissa's mind worked as a plot device of sorts. I was glad Lissa had a time to shine and I sensed that she grew as a character. The emotions displayed in the book were genuine. I was glad the book ended how it did and I have hope for the fifth book.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the series up to this point and I would recommend the series to fans of young adult supernatural novels and vampire fans.

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