Book Review: Vampire Academy #4: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

RATING: StarStarStarStar

(Vampire Academy #4)

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 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 on 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, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

Book 1: Vampire Academy review | Book 2: Frostbite review | Book 3: Shadow Kiss review



Blood Promise started out great, got boring in the middle, then slamdunkenly surprising in the end (well almost, there’s this one part that i’m pretty sure is predictable). I have mixed feelings on this one, but the wrap-up made all the difference for it to garner 4 stars. Really, Richelle Mead, i thought you’re running out of material and yet this fourth book shoots to a whole new level of awesome.

Rose went to Russia (or was it Siberia already?) to look for Dmitri’s hometown in hopes of finding him there.  She met Sydney (the alchemist), Abe (the mobster), and eventually Dmitri’s family (the Belikovs). Rose is on the verge of a being a lost cause: she misses Lissa (which is still a weakling, ugh), she still can’t find Dmitri, and she’s haunted by Dmitri’s memories. I felt bad for her, but she’s strong. But when she became that one thing she fears the most (after her fear of turning Strigoi), I started to condemn her. She lost her dhampir skills and abilities which took up a lot of time. Sigh. But she bumped her head, retrieved her senses (thank God!) and got better in the end. I love the last part of the book, nearing the end, where she doesn’t give up despite the odds being stacked against her. Wow, that’s resilience.

There are a lot of new characters here, and the expansion was workable on Rose’s story that is still evolving to new adventures.

Blood Promise is a startling read. When you lose someone you love, do you try your best to move on? or do you pursue any idea, no matter how crazy it is,  and do it just to bring them back? How about you and Rose have a talk, because she’s contemplating this as well, since her love for Dmitri certainly knows no bounds.

#23 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011



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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

It’s Monday! What are you reading? [11]



It was just an okay book – a bit disappointed since I’m expecting more from Jay Asher.

I loved 13RW, but The Future of Us? Nooo.

Read my review here.




Now this one i’m really enjoying! Fantastic setting and most times funny too.



I missed zombies! So it’s time to read post-apocalyptic books again. Yihaa!


Whew! So what are your reading this week? 😉



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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

RATING: StarStar

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.



The Future of Us was a flop for me. I thought the “Facebook” theme would evolve into something more meaningful than it actually is, but it did not. The writing was unimpressive; the female lead was irritating; the love story is kinda all over the place. I hope you are not pining for The Future of Us because it is not worth waiting for.
Emma is obnoxious to Josh. She’s selfish and self-centered. I could not find a single thing to like about her! Although she did learned with the Facebook fiasco, her character was underdeveloped for me. Josh – Josh is the sole reason why this book has any stars at all. He knows he’s a wallflower but still he goes for the hottest girl in school. He’s honest to his feelings and he confronted his ‘go-with-the-flow’ attitude. Frankly, Emma doesn’t deserve even a glance from Josh. But hey, at least Josh called out Emma on her callousness with his feelings. Right on, man!
The Future of Us is a passable read, meaning you can pass/skip reading this. I read nothing from Mackler; I read 13RW from Asher but I did not detect his writing style and impact in this book.

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Imprint: Razorbill

Pub Date: 11/21/2011

Many Thanks to Kai and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read their ARC copy!



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“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”