Once again Richelle Mead has outdone herself with the fourth book, Blood Promise, in the Vampire Academy series. You’ll follow Rose as she travels through Russia and SIberia killing Strigoi and learning more secrets about her own world that she didn’t find out due to not graduating. She’s searching for Dimitri in hopes to release him from his Strigoi self and gets more than she bargained for.
You’ll meet Sydney, a secret part of the Moroi world, who thinks that all Dhampirs and Moroi are dark and twisted like the Strigoi, if not as much. She helps Rose against her will to get where she needs to go and gets a sweet car out of the deal. Even though they may not be the best of friends they certainly become allies.
Following Rose through this book while she searches for Dimitri you’ll relive moments of her and Dimitri together as she reminisces during her search and while she visits with his family. During her stay with the Belikova family, Rose learns a lot about Dimitri’s past and his family immediately considers her one of their own, going so far as indicating they’d be thrilled if she decided to stay with them.
Rose learns a lot about the other side of Dhampir life from Dimitri’s family. They aren’t all Blood Whores as she grew up hearing, they simply want to raise their children and live their lives.
During her stay with the Belikova family a local ‘mobster’ type decides that he needs to run her out of town but refuses to tell her why. He keeps an eye on her, following her around and showing up when unexpected. Rose learns about who this man is exactly when she finally returns to St. Vladimir’s Academy in Minnesota.
While on the other side of the world Lissa is slowly spiraling out of control and doing more and more dangerous stunts while drinking and partying with a new friend, Avery. All Rose can do is watch what’s happening but she’s so tied up in what’s going on with her at the moment that she tells Adrian to back off and leave her alone when he visits her dreams. Rose feels that Lissa has replaced her and simply focuses on what she’s got to do and decides to worry about her later.
Blood Promise will keep you on your toes and a tissue in one hand. Rose finds what she’s looking for, Dimitri, and almost doesn’t survive the meeting. She gets a special package when she returns to the Academy and it drops her to her knees. There’s the hope of a miracle in the future but Rose and Lissa will have to break some serious laws to find out for sure and that may just get them killed for sure.
Remember, Blood Promise isn’t the first book, it’s the fourth. You’ll want to start with Vampire Academy before cracking the cover on this one. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have, through laughter and tears both.