Title: Blood Promise
Author: Richelle Mead
Pub. Date: 2009
Main Themes: Vampires, Dhampir, Supernatural, Love, Family, Friendship
Plot (from book jacket):
Blood Promise left me wanting, needing, more! Some people are over vampires, but I still absolutely love Richelle Mead’s books! Blood Promise was an amazing continuation of the Vampire Academy books!
I always find it difficult to write reviews for books that are part of a series because I have a hard time writing around spoilers. That said, you can’t fully appreciate Blood Promise unless you’ve read the first three Vampire Academy books. For that reason, this won’t really be a review, but more of a recommendation to read the VA books!
I read the Vampire Academy last year shortly before the third book was released. I absolutely devoured it and rushed out to immediately buy the next two books (thankfully the third one was out at that point). I really hadn’t expected to love these books as much as I do, but Richelle Mead’s take on vampires is so refreshing and wonderfully imagined. The most notable aspect of these novels is that the main character isn’t a vampire, she is dhampir, or a vampire guardian. I liked all the history that is involved in VA and how all the different characters and pieces of the story fit together.
My favorite part of the novels is the romance. I am a romance junkie and Vampire Academy is jam packed with sexual tension and tender moments. In many ways, I’d say that the VA books are more romance novels than vampire novels.
I love those strong male leads and bad boys, but Rose, even though she falls head-over-feet, still holds her own: she doesn’t need a guy to define her!
Ratings (Out of 10):
The Vampire Academy novels are not to be missed! If you’ve read the first three novels and haven’t gotten to Blood Promise yet, move it up on your to-be-read pile! I can’t wait for the next novel, Spirit Bound, which will be out next year!