Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Mini Book Review: Richelle Mead's Blood Promise

Continuing on with the Vampire Academy mini book reviews, next up is Richelle Mead’s Blood Promise (book 4).  I can’t thank the Vampire Book Club enough for hosting their Vampire Academy Re-Read Challenge. This has been a challenge indeed, trying to fit in all the extra reading, but well worth it. For those that are interested in my previous review, click here. (Spoilers mentioned there and here.)

Earlier this year, I reviewed Blood Promise and gave it a 5. Ironically, I read this book over the Thanksgiving holiday last year and now I’m here today doing this mini-review. Three news aspects I recognized this time around are as follows. First, I’m incredibly happy that Rose went off on her own thing, leaving Lissa. I know she’s bonded and all but still – the girl’s got have a life. And with their separation, both Rose and Lissa grew, ultimately appreciating each other more. Second, the ghosts Rose summons as a result of her being shadow-kissed. Very cool. And finally, I ardently read the part when Strigoi Dimitri captures and detains Rose. There was much insight in these scenes; moments where an outsider, like Rose and the reader, can delve into the sadistic mind/lifestyle of a Strigoi. I couldn’t help but wonder if Rose was part of a bigger plot here. I haven’t a clue but some of the dialogue between Rose & Dimitri was intriguing as hell.

Blood Promise was emotionally and difficult to read, whether it’s your first, 2nd or 10th time to read it. I felt Rose’s pain, conflict and unconditional love for Dimitri. And at times, I even wanted him to turn her just so they could be together. I know it’s wrong but its how I felt. Oh well.

If you haven’t read this series, do be a fool. Get out there and buy it/read it immediately. And you’re lucky because unlike the rest of us, you’ll be able to read these books immediately in sequence without having to wait. Last Sacrifice comes out December 7th. Ooooh, I can’t wait!

Mina B.

Vampire Academy Re-Read Challenge


Cindy said...

Happy thanksgiving Mina and Fred! I love R. Mead. Rose did a lot of growing up in that book. I can't wait until Dec for the rest of the story. I just finished Thorn Queen and really enjoyed it-thanks for the referral. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mina Burrows said...

Hi Cindy. Happy Turkey Day to you too!
Mead's final book, LS, won't be long now. Fred says hello and gives kisses too!