Monday, February 28, 2011
Another great book in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise follows Rose's journey to find Dimitri and kill him. Throughout her quest we see her grieving over the loss of Dimitri and her agony over leaving Lissa behind in Montana.
While I still loved this novel, I felt there were too many flashbacks of Dimitri and Rose's time together--many of these could have been edited out. Furthermore, these flashbacks are of events that the reader never saw in any of the previous novels. Some of this is understandable, but at times I was left wondering how these things could have possibly occurred without mention in the previous novels. One flashback, for example, is about a weekend trip that Dimitri and Rose were able to take alone together. It is unrealistic that Rose would not have told the reader about this trip in the previous novel.
Rose's time spent with Dimitri after he turned Strigoi was great to see, and really makes me hope Rose will end up with Adrian. Dimitri is consumed by his desire for blood and power and clearly no longer loves Rose as he used to. Adrian, however, genuinely loves Rose and wants to be with her. I don't think they have the same passion as Rose did with Dimitri, but there is definitely something sweet and romantic in their interactions.
At the end of the novel, Rose decides to continue with her Dimitri-obsession after she fails to kill him on the bridge and hopes to enlist Lissa's help in what is sure to be a crazy plan. At this point in the series, I am on team Adrian and hope that Rose will be able to accept that Dimitri will never be the person that she once knew.