I think this might be my second favorite LJ Smith series, after Night World. The protagonist, Jenny, was just flawed enough so as not to be infuriatinI think this might be my second favorite LJ Smith series, after Night World. The protagonist, Jenny, was just flawed enough so as not to be infuriatingly perfect. The pacing is good, the plot is fascinating, the characters are interesting. The nightmares are genuinely creepy, and after the first one, they only get creepier. I was truly scared at parts of the story. It even made me think quite a lot about my own nightmares. Nitpick about Julian: I didn't really find him at all compelling until The Kill, but Your Mileage May Vary. Ultimately, I was able to sympathasize with him more than I ever would have thought possible. I think my favorite character, though, was Michael. He was so awkward and sweet and scared. He had probably the most developed personality of all the characters, despite his supporting role. His and Audrey's (very) unlikely romance was one of my favorite parts of the story. If you're an LJ Smith fan who hasn't read this yet, check it out! ...more
**spoiler alert** Blood Promise is probably my least favorite of the Vampire Academy series. I feel that Richelle Mead wasn't writing up to her usual**spoiler alert** Blood Promise is probably my least favorite of the Vampire Academy series. I feel that Richelle Mead wasn't writing up to her usual standard. There was too much recapping, anticlimatic scenes, and Rose's "flashback" scenes with old-Dimitri felt a little awkward. I understand why they were there, though - because without them, the Dimitri we all know and love would really be absent from this book altogether.
Reading about Dimitri as a Strigoi was just gut-wrenching. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. I think I was expecting his transformation, at least personality wise, to be more subtle - like in other vampire series, when someone is transformed into a vampire, they have the powers and the bloodlust but they can still fight their evil nature, if they choose. I guess in this series it's much less likely that a Strigoi will retain anything of their former nature. It's not a flaw in the series, it just surprised me. There really was nothing left of the old Dimitri. Everytime Strigoi-Dimitri was in the scene, I couldn't wait for him to leave, because he was just plain upsetting to read about. I guess I was just hoping that if anyone could resist the evil of becoming a Strigoi, it would be everyone's favorite Russian badass. No such luck, I guess.
One Major Nitpick:
Okay, so... Victor Dashkov, in the first book, was so desperate to find a spirit user to heal him that he tormented and kidnapped Lissa, who previously he had a genuine affection for. And it turns out the whole time, his half-brother is a spirit user, and he never thought to ask him??? There better be a relly good explanation for this.
Some Good Points:
- Sydney's character. She was funny, and nice, and I hope we see more of her in the series.
-I liked Adrian's character more in this book. Not that I ever disliked him, but I liked that we got to see his vulnerable side where Rose was concerned. He really does care about her, and it's nice to see.
-Also I really liked Dimitri's family. Sad that Viktoria is mad at Rose. I hope that they make up before the series is over.
-I called Abe being Rose's father right when he showed up. I'm glad that he was introduced to the series and that he is actually an interesting character in his own right, not just a cardboard cutout of an absentee father.
-Seeing some emotion from Janine Hathaway. I hated her when she first came on the scene, but she just made some mistakes. I'm glad that it seems she and Rose are getting closer.
-The scene where Rose reunites with Lissa almost brought me to tears. Can I just say, I love their friendship. They aren't perfect, but they have a genuine bond (not just the supernatural bond, but one of love) that is hard to find among high school girls in fiction.
-The fact that Rose is still going to graduate and be Lissa's guardian. And that Lissa will be along for the ride on the next crazy scheme. ;)
-The little ray of hope at the end that maybe, just maybe, Dimitri can still be saved. ...more