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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blood Promise (Book #4) by Richelle Mead

Spoilers will be here. I just can't help it with this series!

So here we go! Actually before I start, I should refresh your minds of book three, Shadow Kissed. At the end of Shadow Kissed we have Rose, Dimitri and some other Moroi's and Damphirs going to save the ones who were kidnapped by the Strigoi. Right as Dimitri is running out of the cave a Strigoi drags him away and changes him, leaving Rose devastated and remembering one thing, the promise they made to kill the other if they ever turned Strigoi
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Against all odds Rose abandons Lisa to go on mad hunt to kill Dimitri. The only lead Rose has it that Dimitri would head back to his homeland. Armed with the money Adrian gives her she sets off. Once arriving she has no luck so ever, because she can't even find her way to his village. Rose begins stalking out places where rich, powerful Moroi's hang out, hoping to get a hint to where this Dhampir village is. On one night she is leaving she believes a guardian(dhampir) is following her, she immediately picks up her pace and hides and pouncing on the unsuspecting human, Sydney. Though Sydney is no ordinary human, she is an alchemist (who clean up the Strigoi bodies for guardians). Add in some dialogue between the two girls and thus they are starting off together to Dimitri's home town. They end up getting attacked and thus the person resulting in Sydney helping Rose get there, Abe appears again and brings her to Dimitri's own house.

Upon arriving there Rose begins to settle in and dwell over the thought of telling Dimitri's family what really happened to him. Finally Rose gathers the courage to tell them and they begin a funeral. (Yeah I know he isn't dead.) Abe is also there to give Rose a final warning to leave Siberia. Abe eventually gets Rose word that she'll leave, though she Rose never says she'd leave Siberia, she just said she'd leave Baia. Along with other rogue Dhampir's, Rose sets off to a bigger city to hunt Strigoi in hoping to get to Dimitri.

After hunting a few Strigoi and releasing one, Dimitri eventually shows up. This is why she came to Siberia...to kill Dimitri, but she messes up and he knocks her out cold. She wakes up in a room and is now Dimitri's pet. I'll leave out all the goodies of that part. Don't want to spoil their interaction.

On a mad break for escape, Rose once again comes face to face with a chance at killing Dimitri. And this time she takes it. "I looked him in the eyes. "I will always love you." Then I plunged the stake into his chest. It wasn't as precise a blow as I would have liked, not with the skilled way he was dodging. I struggled to get the stake in deep enough to his heart, unsure if I could do it from this angle. Then, his struggles stopped. His eyes stared at me, stunned, and his lips parted, almost into a smile, albeit a grisly and pained one. "That's what I was supposed to say..." he gasped out. Those were his last words. His failed attempt to dodge the stake had made him lose his balance on the edge. The stake's magic made the rest easy, stunning him and his reflexes. Dimitri fell."

After killing Dimitri, Rose drags her body to the road and manages to get someone to pull over. She manages to get their cell phone and calls Sydney. Abe helps her once again by calling in two other people she met in Siberia that are like her and Lisa. She is getting healed when she decided to peak inside Lisa's mind to see how she is doing, only to find her in a struggling position. Rose immediately freaks out. Doing all that she can to get Lisa out of that situation, she gets help from her new friends to save Lisa, even all the way in Siberia. A few days later, Rose is back home. Sitting in the guardian's office being told she may come back to school.

Back only to remember to give Adrian a chance in a real relationship and the fact she abandon Lisa to go after Dimitri.

At the end, Rose gets two messages one from Abe telling her information she found out from somebody and from....dum dum dum....Dimitri. Along with the stake she staked him with, saying he was coming for her this time.

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I loved this book. I loved every minute Rose was with Dimitri. Even if he was a Strigoi! I loved them constantly fighting, the end fight was amazing. Though I couldn't believe she would actually stake him, I so would have went Strigoi for Dimitri!!! The only part I didn't enjoy was about Lisa, not that I hate her, just I love Rose's character way more than Lisa's.

Next post will be Spirit Bound!!

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