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Blood Promise

(Vampire Academy #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  266,840 ratings  ·  9,559 reviews
How far will Rose go to keep her promise? The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir's Academy was the deadliest ever in the school's history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri. He'd rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, ...more
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Published August 25th 2009 by Razorbill (first published August 1st 2009)
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Waitapu Yup! Actually there are a lot of other small mistakes and inconsistencies in VA books... I say "mistake" bc I dont believe it was intentional and I…moreYup! Actually there are a lot of other small mistakes and inconsistencies in VA books... I say "mistake" bc I don´t believe it was intentional and I think the author herself mentioned once that she did make mistakes in books bc it was hard to keep track of everything...(less)
Jannah Smith no, in the 5th book she brought him back to being damphir. But Rose didnt bring him back Lissa actually did.

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Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ill tell you what, the first three books in the series were wonderland stories compared to this one right here.

Why? Because it is painful to read about a heroine who is separated from her love interest, aka her one true love that should never have turned into a Strigoi in the first place. (Side note: this is why I did not enjoy the second Twilight book at all.)

I hope this will not come as a shock or spoiler if I tell you that these two characters do eventually reunite, otherwise there would be
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We need to be together."
"Why?" I asked softly. The word was carried away on the wind, but he heard.
"Because I want you."
I gave him a sad smile, wondering if we'd meet again in the land of the dead. "Wrong answer," I told him.
I let go.
I look him in the eye. "I will always love you.
Thats what I was supposed to say. . . . he gasped out.
Those were his last words."

Once again, I absolutely loved it! It's amazing!! I will admit I cried again!


Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore VA fans
"Shadow Kiss" left us with Rose on the way to find and kill her beloved Dimitri who had fallen during a fight with Strigoi. "Blood Promise" picks up where Rose is in Moscow, looking for traces of Dimitri. Needless to say, she finds him, but I will not go into any more detail to avoid spoilers.

I hate to say it, but I am fairly disappointment by this book. In my opinion, it is so far the weakest in the series. It is by no means the worst book ever written, but the fact that Richelle Mead didn't
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Giordano
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 Stars*
The main reason I'm rating this one lower than the previous three? The first 300 pages were BORING. (-1 star) This book could almost have started on page 300 and still have been great. I understand the need for back story, but I was frustrated and annoyed at how much I had to slog through to get to the main story of the book. Setting the stage is one thing, dragging things out to artificially create tension and mood is another. I rounded up to 4 stars because I was genuinely surprised
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5 Forgotten Lessons Stars

Spoilers!!! So much happens in these books that I use my reviews as reminds so lots of Spoilers!!!


Book 4, Blood Promise, starts with Rose trekking around Russia looking for Dimitri , to kill him. In Russia Rose meets up with a human named Sydney Sage and a Moroi named Abe. Sydney is an Alchemist who helps Rose find Dimitri's family. Rose starts living with Dimitri's mom, grandma, and 3 sisters. They didn't know Dimitri was turned Strigoi. Rose of course tells
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book:

Rose has to go a hard way full of stones and death and pain. She meets Sydney and Dimitri's family and gets to know his world. Rose is ready to do anything to find and to kill him.

And finally, she finds him...
Second half of the book:

Dimitri as a Strigoi. A very very evil version of Dimitri. A passionated one, but still evil. He is brutal, he is merciless. He is completely different from the Dimitri we know.
And the relationship between him and Rose changes completely.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
The time has come. It doesn't matter that I read this book forever and a day ago. Blood Promise deserves a review - one that I wrongfully neglected to give at the time of finishing. The 5 star rating at the top says nothing about why I loved this book back then, nor does it say why I still think about this story even now. I doubt I'll ever go back and write reviews for the rest of the series but this's in my soul. Don't expect one of my normal polished reviews. I just wanted to finally ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I absolutely loved this and it was a roller coaster ride HOWEVER it was a bit dull in some parts and I felt it dragged a bit. I adored it though, and that ending/bridge scene omg
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This book was really good! I'm still trying to get over the major twist at the ending which I was kind of expecting but I didn't know that it would be that big.

The one thing that I didn't like with this book was that Lissa was kind of "whiny." In Rose's views from her eyes, we were able to see what was going on back at St. Vladimir Academy. I was excited to read this since it might had some more action, which it did, but it wasn't enough to out way Lissa. At the end of the 3rd book, I was
★ the happy dark witch ★
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'm about to cry right now... That was fu**ing beautiful.
Claudia Ramírez
The second half of this book was PERFECTION OMG.
4.5 Keeping Promises

Yet, it had been Dimitris gentleness and thoughtfulness mixed with that deadliness that made him so wonderful. The same hands that wielded stakes with such precision would carefully brush the hair out of my face. The eyes that could astutely spot any danger in the area would regard me wonderingly and worshipfully, like I was the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world.

I know a lot of people thought this was the worst book in this series, but I disagree. I don't think
Norah Una Sumner

This was very interesting and heart-breaking. Meeting Dimitri's family was a unique experience. I really feel like Rose developed a lot as a character and she's definitely more likable now than she was in the beginning,however,unfortunately,Lisa is getting on my nerves a little bit. What's been annoying in this book is that Lisa seems more angry at Rose for leaving her than being actually worried for Rose. I mean,for God's sake, Rose has her own life and her own problems that she needs to
So 1st I have to say that I love Mead. But this book was only OK to Good for me which I guess was a disappointment. I think she could have & has done much better. To summarize, I didn't feel as emotionally connected to the characters & I expected to be, esp after the last book. But also - I think structurally, the book was too condensed & didn't have to be.


I felt there was far too much recap of the previous 3 books. Literally
Kat Kennedy
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to give the first 3/4 of this book a review, I would have given it two stars at the most.

The plot was painfully, agonizingly slow with many, many unnecessary characters and plotlines that just bugged the hell out of me. I found myself skipping large portions of text to get to anything worth reading.

The last quarter of this book however, earned that last two stars. It was intense, amazing, beautiful. I almost cried. I wanted to cry. What happened at the end... on the bridge... well
Pearl Angeli

Bound by Love, but sworn to Kill...

Wow, just wow! What a thrilling, emotional roller coaster ride! This book is hands down amazing!

Blood Promise is the fourth installment of the Vampire Academy series. In this book, Richelle Mead takes us to Russia together with the badassest character Rose Hathaway, in search for the love of her life, Dimitri. She was forced to abandon her life in the academy as a student, leaving her best friend Lissa behind in order to fulfill her mission to destroy Dimitri
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, can't believe I read about 400 pages today! I couldn't put this book down, and it's pretty long so that's saying something!
This book was a real roller coaster! As soon as Rose saw Adrian at the airport near the end of the book, the rest of the novel was just so beautiful!!! All these relationships coming back together, I seriously think that was my fav part of the book.
I love Adrian so much, like, so much
Rose is amazing, and the character development, wow
Ahmad Sharabiani
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4), Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy is a series of six young adult paranormal romance novels by American author Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a guardian of her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat Strigoi (the evil undead vampires) in St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her
Pauline Fireheart
Id said it before and meant it: Alive or undead, the love of my life was a badass.

The first half of the book was a bit slow but then the story really did pick up. It was really entertaining but in my opinion, most of the characters were so annoying. I was really frustrated at times. Rosa, Lissa, and Dimitri were all getting on my nerves. That being said, I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced and I can't wait to read more about them and to see where the stories will go now :)
Chris Horsefield
I stumbled over Mead's Vampire Academy series more or less by accident, however I'm glad I did! these novels are a great piece of fiction (even though, starting to reach my thirties, I'm too old for them really. As oppose to other young adult novels and novels in this genre, they contain quite complex characters, who are dynamic and continue to develop through out the series. They are fast paced and Mead, obviously a good story-teller, creats an intriguing story with many different sides to it. ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Three words; i'm just going to do one this time. Amazing.

I love this series. Plain and simple. I've been a fan since the beginning and I can't helped but get sucked in every time. This is my favorite vampire series. Heck, it's one of my most favorites, vampire or not.

The plot is fantastic, action packed, twists and turns galore. The characters are right on, they continue to grow and develop, become even more dimensional as the series continues. The writing is amazing. I just absolutely enjoyed
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING!


There is no doubt that this book is my favorite from this series. Dimitri was a badass! Literally, Ive been screaming of excitement when I read about Dimitri as a strigoi. He was so hot! Not that he wasnt hot before, but I have a soft spot for bad guys in books. And bad Dimitri... I was actually drooling.


Dimitris family! Oh my God. You cant imagine what I felt while reading about all these strong women and especially about Dimitris grandma. Such a wicked woman. She was so
Lauren Elise
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2019
4.5 Stars


Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Rose & Lissa have one of the holiest friendship.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

He'd always understood me, and part of what we'd worked on was how to temper that impulsive need to run into danger with reason and calculation. I had a feeling no one else in this world would ever understand me like he did.

First half of the book is the worst one in the series so far, but the second half is the best one in the series so far. As you will see in the further paragraphs, this book has me conflicted. On one side, its obvious that Mead continued with the series solely for
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was full of ups and downs. I cried, I laughed, I was shocked... I had mixed feelings in some point while reading this, but I couldn't stop reading! I just had to know what'll happen. Like the prequels, this gets full 5 stars.

Now some SPOILERS.

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Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each book is just getting better and better! The beginning was a little slow but it sped up, especially towards the end.
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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away

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