Friday, September 4, 2009

Review & Something Extra! Blood Promise by Richelle Mead


Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: August 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
512pp
Series: Vampire Academy Series, #4


This is it! What we’ve all been waiting for! Does Rose fulfill her Blood Promise to Dimitri?

Well…”I’m not telling!” and here’s why:

The Vampire Academy Series is in my top 3 favorite YA Series and I can’t get enough of these books. Richelle Mead is also one of my favorite authors and I love her adult series too. I know there are readers who’ve not had a chance to take a look at this series, which is why I don’t want to include a summary of the book so I’ll have to settle for this instead:

If you have not read the VA Series, “What Are You Waiting On?” OK, let me explain…

Why you MUST read the Vampire Academy Series?
With all the paranormal books out today, it seems vampires are the IT factor in YA paranormal books today. So, this series is obviously about vampires and who doesn’t like vampires? Right? But the VA Series is so much more than that. The main character, Rose Hathaway is a dhampir (powerful mix of human & vampire blood) & bad-ass heroine who stands up in the face of danger to protect her friends from the soulless strigoi (immortal & most dangerous vampires). She has mad fighting skills, thanks to the help of fellow sexy dhampir Dimitri Belikov. So, yeah the guys in the VA series are HOT! The characters are extraordinary - I do have my favorites and the setting involves a school, so paranormal aside you can relate to some of the drama that’s involved with the students. This series is fast-past and highly entertaining and has everything one could want in a book/series:

Hmm… Let’s see…

· Action-packed/Fighting scenes – CHECK!
· Romance – CHECK!
· Suspense/Drama – CHECK!
· Humor – CHECK!

The writing is brilliant and will keep you glued to the edge of your seat while turning the pages in the wee hours of the morning and when you finally get down to that last page, you’ll wish you had the next installment.

I hope this helps for the newcomers but for the readers who’re up to date on this series, Don’t Fret!, Blood Promise lives up to what we’ve been waiting on and then some and you’ll be dying to get your hands on Spirit Bound - May 2010.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


**Contest Closed**

Still Not Convinced? Well, I tell you what - I love this series so much that I'm willing to share the love...

How about I throw in the 1st 3 books of this series to get you started for the readers who've not read this series?

Rules: Only 1Winner!
1. Comment on My Review +1
2. Link to blog: +1
3. Follow me on Twitter +1
4. Follower : +2

Total = 5 entries

Contest ends @ midnight (CST) September 19, 2009. U.S. and Canada Residents Only (Sorry!)

64 comments:

  1. Awesome review! I just started reading this series, and I can't believe I didn't read it sooner! I liked how you did more of a review about the series as a whole without going into too much plot detail in order to avoid spoilers. What a great way to grab the attention of people who haven't yet discovered VA!

    +1 Comment on Review
    +2 Follower
    +1 Follow you on Twitter (@chloeeesays)

    Chloe
    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Ahhh I love the Vampire Academy series!
    Its sooooo good! May 2010 will not come soon enough! :)
    Dani.
    lightningstreak123@comcast.net

    Extras:
    +1: Linked to sidebar-
    http://danidlion.blogspot.com/
    +1: Follower on Twitter-
    @danidlion
    +2: Follower!

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  3. I want to read this series so much!! So I really, really, really, really hope I win, even this once:) Thanks!!

    +2 I'm a follower:)

    sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm not entering because I'm not in US/Canada but I just wanted to ask a question. I picked up the first book in this series, read a few chapters, and put it down again. The writing didn't grab me. I don't think the quality was that stunning. Is this a series where the plot and characters outshine some clumsy writing or is it honestly good writing and I should give it another chance?

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  5. Awesome review! I just started this series not too long ago and I fell in love with it. It is sooo awesome and I had been a little wary about reading it, but so glad that I didn't let that stop me!

    Am a follower.

    Will post contest info on blogger account blog.
    http://www.jessica-agreatread.blogspot.com

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  6. I REALLY want to read this series. When I first found it, several months ago, I was waiting for this new release to come out so I could read them together. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this! Great giveaway!!!!
    +1 your review is great, do they all end with cliffhangers?
    +2 current follower
    +1 will link in my blog
    http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/

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  7. That link thing at the bottom was really cool, how did you do that? Will my name show up too?

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  8. I'm not entering. I just wanted to say I agree. This series is a MUST read! It's one of my top favorite series too. I have Blood Promise but I haven't got a chance to read it. Had to wait because I know if I start it I won't be able to stop til it's finished. Great post!

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  9. ok, that was a good review. i've been trying to find another vampire series besides twilight (i've memorized those ;) and i'm leaning towards this one. it's rare that i read a reveiw and decide i want to read something--i'm terribly picky so good job!

    +2 current follower

    +1 link on my blog (blogroll) haleyshappyplace.blogspot.com

    +1 follow you on twitter

    +1 commented.

    haley mathiot at yahoo dot com

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  10. sounds like a great series from your review. I've not read it yet. And I follow you on google reader.

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  11. Sounds like an exciting series. Thanks for the great review.

    I am a follower of your blog.

    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I've been meaning to get the first book in this series for ages, but I haven't been able to find it. :)
    Love how you didn't give a summary, yet still made the series seem worth reading.
    Comment on My Review +1
    +1 Linked on blog sidebar
    Follower : +2

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. Rhiannon Hart I had a hard time getting in the story at first because of all the new words to me, but let me tell you, this series gets better and better. the third book was my favorite.
    The story is beyond awesome, and the characters are so great! Keep reading you wont regret it!
    You can find my reviews on all 4 books on my website if you want. http://tyngasreviews.blogspot.com

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  14. +1 I commented on your review (post above)
    +1 I linked blog http://twitter.com/Tynga/status/3758182131
    +1 I follow you on twitter
    +2 I am a follower

    I already read the series but my lil sister would like to have her own copies of the series now that I moved out, so I'm entering for her =)

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  15. Thanks Tynga for responding to Rhiannon Hart! I emailed Rhiannon Hart and informed her on how with some book series the 1st few chapters may be a little slow due to background building and to stick with it - the VA Series is Awesome!

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  16. elnice - Well I wouln't say we are left with cliffhangers per say but we are left with an OBSESSION to find out what will happen next!

    Links @ the bottom - Go to your Layout> Blog Posts Edit> Under Post Page Options> Check Links to this post

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  17. Great review! I love this series and cannot wait to read Blood Promise

    +1 comment on review
    +1 follow on twitter @throuthehaze
    +2 follower

    Throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  18. +1 I have not read this series, although the more I see, the higher it goes on my TBR list! I would love the chance to win! It certainly looks way better than a couple other vamp books I could name.

    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I have been wanting to try this series out for a while. It sounds so great. Thank you so much for the review it makes me want to read it that much more..lol.

    I am a twitter follower
    I am a follower of your blog also

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  20. Oh goodness count me IN!!!

    1. Comment on Review +1
    2. Link to blog: http://butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-contests.html
    3. Follow me on Twitter +1
    4. Follower : +2

    This is so generous!!!
    kim
    bookbutterfly9@gmail.com

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  21. Forgot to comment on review in my post--
    --That review was so fun made me want to run out and read Vampire Academy ASAP. Who is this Dimitri, sounds divine?!

    Kim
    bookbutterfly9@gmail.com

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  22. +1 Oo I just bought this book (for a signing) and now I really want to read the others!
    +1 you are on my blogroll.
    +1 I follow you on twitter.
    +2 I'm a follower. x)

    taintedpoet@gmail.com

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  23. This book was the best of the series!!

    +1- commented
    +2- I'm a follower

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  24. No need to enter me. I just wanted to add my two cents that this is an awesome series! I would say it's my #1 fave YA series.

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  25. I've definitely heard good things about this series...plus, the author is local! So I'd love to be entered. Thanks!

    +1 I follow on Twitter (@celialarsen)
    +2 I follow on Blogger

    celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Sadly, I haven't read this series yet. It's been on my to-read list forever though. I would looove to win the first three! I didn't read your whole review in case of any spoilers, but he part I did read was great! Thanks for the contest!

    +1 comment
    +2 follower

    book_worm127@yahoo.com

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  27. I can't believe I haven't read this series yet. I've been meaning to for SO long! Hopefully this is my chance! Please enter me! And great review! Thanks for the contest.

    +1 for commenting
    +2 for being a follower
    +1 you're on our blogroll

    -Marisa

    lovin_the_sun1@hotmail.com

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  28. I've not read this series, but after your review and everyone telling me how great they are, I'll deffinitely have to check them out! Besides, who can say no to a vampire book?;)

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  29. Awesome Review! I've only read the first one, because I haven't been able to find anyone who has the next two books! Thanks for such a great contest!!

    +1 comment on review
    +2 follower
    +1 link in sidebar
    http://yabookqueen.blogspot.com

    yabookqueen@yahoo.com

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  30. Awesome, thanks! I'm a follower.
    adrienne2093(at)comcast(dot)net

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  31. Thanks so much for answering my question Tynga and Tina, I WILL try this series again. Richelle Mead is going to be at my local bookstore in Australia on September 15. We don't get a lot of international authors visiting, so I should probably go.

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  32. 1 I'm a new reader of the whole YA supernatural genre and really appreciate your reviews - it def helps me sort through what is worth the time and what isn't :)

    coveredinfeathers at ymail dot com

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  33. Great review! I can't wait to read these books.

    Comment on My Review +1
    Follower : +2

    heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

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  34. Please enter me!

    I'm a follower.

    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

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  35. Awesome review! I've been wanting to read these books for some time now...I want them even more now!

    Comment on My Review +1
    Follow me on Twitter +1 (@ReggieWrites)
    Follower : +2

    regietc@gmail.com

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  36. These books have been on that TBR list for awhile now.

    Comment +1
    Twitter +1 [@iamliterate]
    Follower +2

    katlins@cox.net

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  37. Ok, ok - I'll read them :) You really do make them sound good! Hope I win!
    Link on my blog
    I'm a follower

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  38. Awesome review! You really sell the books!!

    1. Comment on My Review +1
    2. Link to blog: +1 - on sidebar under contest
    3. Follow me on Twitter +1 I am Froggarita
    4. Follower : +2

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com
    http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com

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  39. Nice review. Everyone's been raving about this series that its got me excited as well.

    +1 Commented on review
    +2 Follower

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  40. Great review! Looks like I need to read this series

    1. Comment on My Review +1
    2. Link to blog in my sidebar +1
    http://penultimatepage.blogspot.com/
    4. Follower +2

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  41. Nice review!! I just love Richelle Mead!!!
    Hope I win:)
    +1 review
    +2 follower
    cfisher1504{at}gmail{dot}com

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  42. I totally agree with everything you said! :)
    +1 commented on review
    +1 sidebar link (this is a given)
    +1 I twitter follow ya (@faeriexflash)
    +2 follower

    pancakesthepenguin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  43. I read the first one and while I liked it okay it wasn't something I really loved. Not sure if I'm going to read the others or not.

    I'm a follower

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Great review! I've read the first three books of the VA series, but I haven't gotten to read Blood Promise yet, though I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    +2 Follower
    +1 Comment
    +1 Sidebar Link

    Mindful Musings Book Blog

    e-mail: n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com

    Thanks!
    ~Natalie

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  45. I've been wanting to read this for a WHILE.
    + for following!
    themoodyteenager@gmail.com
    I was also wondering if you wanted to do a link exchange! Let me know :D

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  46. I couldn't agree more! the Vampire Academy is freakin' AWESOME!! The characters (Hot, brave & funny), the story, the writing, everything is just - wow!
    I'm dying to read Blood Promise, have to order it soon!

    Please enter me in this contest!
    +2 for being a follower!


    sara
    sosarora_11(AT)hotmail(DOT)com
    http://yavampirebooks.blogspot.com

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  47. Please include me in your giveaway.
    +1 Follow on Twitter - debdesk.
    +2 Follower.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  48. I seriously need to start on this series Tina!! Help me out girl =)

    -I follow you
    -I follow you on twitter - mishtakes
    -Posted a link to this on my sidebar - http://creativitygone.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

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  49. Great Review!
    This series sounds cool,
    Thanks :D

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  50. I'm a follower. Please enter me :)

    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

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  51. Okay, I think you convinced me. I'd love to be entered, because I think I need to read these now.

    +2 I follow through Bloglines.

    Thanks!

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  52. +2 I'm a follower.
    +1 Follow you on twitter @booksobsession
    +1 Posted on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. awesome review I'll buy if I don't win

    +2 follower

    ichibanidoru@yahoo.com

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  54. +2 follower
    +1 twitter follower

    brittanynoelle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  55. Enter me! I'm a follower.
    katiesbookshelf@ymail.com

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  56. put it in my blog.+1
    http://irishprincess440.blogspot.com/
    Follower +2


    Hope i win!
    cassy133@yahoo.com

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  57. I'm ecstatic about this contest. I hope I win!

    Link to blog: +1 http://thebookshopaholic.blogspot.com/
    Follower : +2

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  58. +1 linked here
    +2 follower

    eclecticdahlia at aol dot com

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  59. Follow me on Twitter +1 (bookgoil)
    Follower : +2

    bittahsweetharmony@yahoo.com

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  60. I loved this series and I would absolutely love to actually own the books!

    +2 I'm a follower.
    +1 Follow on twitter (@naggy8)
    +1 sidebar:
    http://hookedonyabooks.blogspot.com/

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. I've never been really fond of vampires, which I guess is one reason I never read these. However, your review has really made me want to read them. They sound great and I've had a blog friend recommend them to me as well. Thank you for not spoiling Blood Promise by posting a summary. I really hope I win.

    +1 comment on review (^^up there)
    +1 on blogroll
    +1 follow on twitter
    +2 follower

    ~Briana :D
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  62. Awesome review! i have not read this series yet and it sounds like I need to change that after reading your review.

    +1 following on Twitter now.
    +2 Follower

    Cherie J
    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. +1 twitter follower
    (@fayeflame)
    +2 follower

    i love this series!!

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