“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?”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5996153-blood-promise)
I would like to start this review by saying that I had very high expectations for this book. Because it was to be set out of the school ambiance, I thought it would make for a better book. Possibly because I had high expectations, I was a bit disappointed by this.
While it was nice to see a more mature Rose (life outside of the school walls is, after all, more dangerous in her world), I missed the fast pace of the previous books. While the pace did pick up in the second half of the book, it felt wrong, somehow. It was almost as if the author realized she was running out of pages, didn’t want to go back and cut some scenes, and decided, instead, to just cram everything in the last two hundred pages or so.
Besides, for obvious reasons, there is not much of Dimitri in this book, a fact that I really hope changes in the next book. To be truthful, I think I need a bit of a break from this series. I was thinking of reading Spirit Bound in April, but I have decided to read it in May, if I can fit it in one of the challenges that will take place then.
Rating: 3 out of 5