Monday, April 28, 2014
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy Book #4)
Author: Richelle Mead
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
Back of the Book
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world.Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by the strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters ... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa - her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess - or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out in her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?
Now, will everything at stake - and worlds away from St. Vladamirs and her unguarded, vulnerable and newly rebellious best friend - can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
Rose's quest to track down Dimitri means leaving everything behind at St. Vladimar's academy including Lissa and travelling around the world to Russia. Hunting down Dimitri didn't start off easy it lead her to finding Dimitri's family telling them the horrible truth about him and finding another bonded shadow-kissed spirit user as well during this time Rose also meets a man named Abe who is like the Russian mob there and has the power to do anything at the snap of his fingers we later learn that this man is Rose's father. During this time Rose still checks on Lissa but finds there's something wrong with her that she can't put a finger on it.
Heading back into the city her finally tracks down Dimitri only to be knocked out by him. When Rose wakes up she finds she's in a house not just any house a Strigoi's layer. But with Dimitri their Rose tries to find the man she first fell in love with and sooon becomes trapped there by lust and ecstasy from the strigoi's bite. As days fall into weeks Rose no longer has any desire for anything other than Dimitri and a bite to fill her needs. One day Rose hears a whisper in her mind and soon tries to fight her craving and eventually her reason and sense start to return. Rose knows that if she doesn't escape soon she will either die or be turned strigoi by Dimitri.
Rose eventually escapes and has a deadly showdown with Dimitri. Rose finally gets the upper hand on him on a bridge adn before she stakes him she asks "why do you want me to stay with you?" Dimitri answers "because I want you." and with that answer Rose finally realizes that he is not the same man she falls in love with, he doesn't love her, he just wants to own her like a possession and with that she stakes him watching him fall into the river.
Rose returns to St. Vladmir she learns that their are many people who love her and want her in their lives, she has the possibility of returning back to classes and graduating. the twist happened in the last 10 pages when Rose was heading up to the dorms for that night she receives a package inside was the stake she used on Dimitri on the bridge and a note that read "i see you haven't remembered the lesson i have though you, remember never turn your back on your enemy until you know their dead." and with that he will be reuniting with her very soon. This realization makes Rose think back to that night that maybe she didn't kill him like she though she did.
And so this awesome series continues.
Loved this book not my fav but definitely awesome. I couldn't stand to see Rose so weak and powerless and Dimitri I loved him the way he was all cold and evil its a different side from his usual warm, sexy demur that we've all grown to love. stayed up for 3 hours reading the ending last night, even though i was tired i couldn't put it down.