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Blood Promise (vampire Academy, Book 4)

by Richelle Mead
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publishing date: 06/04/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781595143105
  • ISBN: 1595143106

Synopsis

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?


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  • Slow and predictable - had hoped for more
    From Amazon

    In Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4), Richelle Mead's fourth installment in the series, everyone at St. Vladimir's has just come off the devastating Strigoi attack on the school. Most horrifying for Rose, Dimitri was turned into a Strigoi against his will. Leaving Lissa and school behind, Rose sets out to Russia to find and destroy him. In the process, she learns more about her shadow-kissed state, her relationship with Lissa, and just how much she can or cannot do (or resist) for love. Back at St. Vlad's, Lissa is experiencing her own problems as the burdens of being a spirit user begin to grow in Rose's absence. BLOOD PROMISE is the lengthiest book in the series so far, and it suffers for it. The first half of the book is very slow, because, as readers, we know that the build will be to when Rose sees Dimitri again and what will happen then. The writing relies heavily on telling, instead of showing, and character development is limited, especially for Rose. In the second half of the book, her character takes a significant turn for the worse that doesn't mesh well with her personality found in the first three books. Plot devices, such as Rose being able to slip into Lissa's head, seemed obvious as ways to keep the story going, and there were continuity problems between the timing of events between Lissa's and Rose's worlds. In addition, there were repeated attempts at retroactive continuity in the form of flashbacks or memories, especially regarding Rose and Dimitri's relationship. The greatest shortcoming was the ending, which felt contrived; it provided no closure, just a predictable set-up for the plot of the next book. On the positive side, the second half of the book was fast-paced and eventful. The distancing of Rose and Lissa as characters allowed them to make their own decisions and to be seen as individuals. Also, while it felt artificial, the use of flashbacks allowed me to finally feel the emotional connection between Rose and pre-Strigoi Dimitri, which had been lacking in the first three books. The introduction of many new characters (Abe, the Alchemists, Sydney, Mark and Oksana, the Belikova family) should add to coming books and provided some significant plot points. There was also character growth for Adrian, especially toward the end. Even though I've felt let down by the past two books, I know that I'll continue reading about Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri until the series concludes. In Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)and Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6), I hope that Mead brings better pacing, closure to Rose and Dimitri's relationship, and more consistent character development, especially for Rose.

  • Can't wait for the next book!!!!
    From Amazon

    OK, I admit, there were a few things I didn't really like about this book, like the first part, which was quite uneventful, and everything with Lissa, who, truthfully, doesn't really intrigue me. But everything that had to do with Dimitri - I absolutely loved it. I loved seeing them together, even though things weren't exactly rosy. But still, I just want them to be together so bad... Tomorrow, the next book comes out, and I can't wait to read it :)

  • Such an addiction!!
    From Amazon

    This book was my 2nd favorite of the books so far...I loved the flashbacks, getting a look at Russia, the conflict, all the new characters. I was trying to make this one last longer (since it is longer) and failed miserably (read it yesterday) but I really enjoyed it. I even tried waiting to read it til next week- I lasted about 4 ours before I gave up on that. I cannot wait for Spirit Bound!!! Waiting for books to come out is awful!! Especially when you're soo addicted! I totally read the ending twice too- I was afraid of what would happen at the end, so I re-read it to make sure I wasn't losing my mind! I was trying to wait to read this series until I had the 5th book, but I slipped up. I read the first book in about 4 hours, and couldn't stop til I finished the next 3. (Who needs sleep anyhow?) What a great series! It's interesting, engaging, & funny. You connect so easily with the characters and their lives, these books are just wonderful! I just read the 7 House of Night books, and these ones are so much better! The Vampire academy books are well written, dark without being too dark, filled with suspense & humor. They are scary- but not too much and have just enough romance- without being dirty. If you like vampire books, and need a light read, these are a great pick!

  • LOVE IT!
    From Amazon

    I love this series...there were a few parts that actually made me cry a little! Richelle Mead really knows how to pull the reader in and show the world from Rose's perspective. Rose's emotional vulnerability in this book made it a really great read!

  • First half is uninteresting.
    From Amazon

    The first half of the book, you won't care about. It was kind of interesting but it seems like the author was just trying to make the book longer and didn't care about the content. Now, the second part, that's the real beginning of the next "chapter" of Rose's life. The first half has to do with Rose spending time with someone's family. I'm sure you know who's. Nothing significant happens here other than the family loves her yata yata. I recommend you skip this part or just skim a lot. In the second part, Dimitri comes in. You know that's the only thing you want to read, right? Even though it takes forever to get to Dimitri, the author still freakin' strings us along with a bunch of nonsense. Rose ends up in a bit of a jam for about 50 or more uninteresting pages. The ending, as always, leaves you wanting more. I hate and love that. I'm not ready to give up this series just yet, but the author's cutting it pretty close. I just want the continuation of the story Richelle Mead, don't mess with me chick! Authors of series tend to do this and it gets old very fast. If you, dear reader, are curious about what happens next check out the book from a local library. Again, beware that the first half is plenty pointless. Note: I think Rose should be at least a little more sensitive towards Adrien. Man, poor guy :( She can be extremely mean with him and I do not like her personality for that.

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