Monday, February 13, 2012

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Source:  Bought audiobook

My Summary:

Unbelievably, Rose has left Lissa behind and traveled to Russia to find the man she loves so she can kill him.  She knows the man she loved would never want to be a strigoi, killing those who he would have once died to protect.  Rose can't move on until she knows he's at peace.  But when the time comes, will she be able to do it?  Can she really win against him?  They were so evenly matched before he turned - now he will have the strigoi speed and strength to help him.  And even if she can do it, what then?  Having turned her back on Lissa, she can't just drop back into her old like.  And speaking of Lissa, what will happen to her while Rose is off hunting strigoi?  All her choices haunt her as Rose fights to do the only right thing she knows to do.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - A MUST read

The Blood Promise audiobook again changed narrators.  I looked ahead and it seems that Emily Shaffer will read the rest of the series.  I did like the change this time.  Emily added the Russian accents back in that the narrator from book 2&3 had removed.  I like the Russian accents.  Dimitri just didn't sound like him without one.  Emily does a good job with all the voices and I was able to sit back and enjoy the book without being distracted by the narrator, highest praise I can give.

If you follow me on twitter, you may have witnessed my emotional breakdown during this book.  I required much reassurance from trusted peeps that I could survive Dimitri as a strigoi.  This book was sad.  It's supposed to be sad.  Rose is in the worst possible place in her life trying to do the worst possible task.  What I really liked about this book was the path that Rose traveled.  She dealt with grief and pain.  She got to know the Dimitri of Russian, the young Dimitri and it was painful.  She experienced such impossible situations.  While she suffered and fell down many times, she was Rose.  Her true heroism was firmly in place.  I cried for her.  I hurt for her.  I was proud of her.  She may have wished that she didn't do some of the things she did, but I thought she was noble in her efforts and accomplishments.  Why do I make such a big deal out of this?  Well, there was a series that I loved that the heroine didn't do what Rose did.  She let the trials break her.  I won't say what series but needless to say I was worried about Rose. It never happened.  Rose is Rose - a kick butt badass in love with another one. 

As for the plot, it was crazy intense.  Just as I thought I had something figured out, everything turned around and I was reeling.  There were so many twists and turns in this story, I was beginning to feel like I had lost my normally incredible ability to figure things about before they happen.  Alas, I did figure out a few so it's not gone.  Not many though.  It's an emotional roller coaster that was so much fun to ride, I was quickly back in line for more.  Bring on book five.  So glad this series is complete.  Don't think I could handle a year wait between books.

Just read it!  It's fabulous.


  1. How utterly amazing is this installment? I was so amazed after reading this one that I couldn't think about anything else for a while. Rose matures so much in this book and it breaks my heart to know what's coming up next for her. Can't wait for you to read the next.

  2. Great review! This is actually the next book on my reading list. Can't wait!

  3. I seriously need to get back to this series, don't know why I never carried on after book three(I guess to many amazing books in my mailbox might be the answer).

  4. ooh that must have been nice having an audio book! this is such an amazing series :D

  5. I loved this one too, and it's an emotional roller coaster! Thanks for such a great review of the audiobook. I'd like to eventually re-read this series, and I may have to listen to it next time around :).
    ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

  6. I just finished reading Shadow Kiss and I'm so anxious to start reading Blood Promise, especially after reading your review! Thanks so much for posting! =D