Monday, September 13, 2010
Book Review: Blood Promise
TITLE: Blood Promise
Book 4 in the Vampire Academy series
AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: vampires, romance, urban fantasy
PREMISE: Rose has split off from the academy in order to find Dimitri, now a Strigoi, and kill him. But as always, things don't go according to plan for Rose...
MY REVIEW: Before I start my annual gushing with these books (I can't help it, I love them) I will say one thing that kind of gets on my nerves about this series: Mead's constant summarizing. I don't need a rehash of every situation in this book, Mead. I love your books and it's very well explained so I really actually don't need you to remind me every book what the difference between Moroi and Strigoi and Dhamphirs are, what the political climate is like, who the queen is and so on. Trust me, I remember because this is one of my favorite book series going on right now. I know teenagers nowadays have the attention spans of knats sometimes but chances are, many of them remember too so could we cool it with the summarizing and recaps please?
Other then that teeny peev, this one totally lived up to Shadow Kiss. We got to see more of what the world was like outside of the academy, we got to meet new characters (even find out who Rose's dad is! I'm not going to give it away for those who haven't read this yet), and due to Rose's link with Lissa we got to see her side of things too and lets just say...Lissa kind of gets screwed with in this book. Granted some of it was her fault as well, but really she gets jerked around and her character kind of starts to take a turn back too. I mean in Shadow Kiss it was like she grew leaps and bounds (I loved her in Shadow Kiss) and then suddenly we're back to Lissa from book 1/2. Boo. Though that could possibly be because of what was going on with her. Don't know for sure. Will have see what happens with her character in Spirit Bound.
All in all, an excellent continuation of this series. Mead does not disappoint (aside from the annoying summarizing). This story is growing more complicated by the minute and I can't wait to see what happens next!
WHO SHOULD READ: Those who have read the first three books, Twilight fans, House of Night fans, vampire fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five of Abe's wacky scarves
FOR THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES:
12 by 12 in September
One Hundred Plus Books
Finish that Series!