Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Bk 4) by Richelle Mead
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?
I’m going to try to say what I thought about this book without being too spoilery. I really liked the first three books in the series. I’ve always thought Rose was a fantastic female character. But in this book, I found myself extremely annoyed with her many times. One section of the book had me saying “You’ve got to be kidding me!” every time I turned the page. Not a good thing.
I thought the first 400 pages of the book were kind of tedious and occasionally boring. Liking the series is the only thing that kept me going. I did like parts of it, but many times I just wanted the book to get on with the action. I also really missed the characters from the first books. Rose’s trips to Lissa’s mind didn’t really take the place of interactions with these characters. Lissa is a character I struggle to like occasionally anyway, but in this book she just pissed me off. I know the explanation for it, but I still didn’t like it.
All that said, I did really like the last 100 pages. Things finally happened and there were revelations and such. I’ll definitely read the next book, but I’m hoping it’s back to the standards of the first three books.