Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Shadow Kiss

Title - Shadow Kiss
Author - Richelle Mead
Series - Vampire Academy #3
Genre - YA Vampires
Format - Kindle
Published - November 13th 2008
Publisher - Razorbill


It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.


Shadow Kiss is the third installment in the Vampire Academy series. Rose has survived her first Strigoi kill but it’s still haunting her. The Guardians will spend the next six weeks guarding their own Moroi while their Dhampir instructors will attack them testing them to see how they do against a potential Strigoi attack. When the Dphampir are assigned to their Moroi Rose assumes she will be given Lissa but instead is assigned Christian. However upset with the whole decision she’s determine to prove herself and learns that he’s not a bad guy after all. 

When Rose has her first test instead of protecting Christian she’s distracted by the ghost of Mason has been showing up causing her to fail the test. When confronted she claims she panic’s but Dimitri knows she’s hiding something he’s just not sure what. As if Rose doesn’t have enough to deal with because of Mason’s ghost and her current test they also learn that the Queen is going to try Victor Dashkov but being a royal he just may get off. As if that’s not enough they haven’t been invited to court to share their side of the story. Adrian pulls a favor getting them a last minute flight to court so they can share their side of the story. Thus sealing Victor’s fate for the rest of his life. With the return back to school Rose is plagued by more than just Mason’s ghost. Will she be able to figure out what they want before it’s too late?

I’m a huge fan of Rose she’s my favorite type of kick-ass-heroine who never gives up. The bond between Rose and Lissa is unique and I like that they are connected on a whole different level. I’m so happy that Lissa has stopped taking her medicine and is working with Adrian to enhance her abilities. I’m not sure how I feel about Dimitri he frustrates me but it’s clear he loves Rose just isn’t willing to risk it all yet. I think the relationship between Lissa and Christian is sweet they both are head over heels in love. 

Shadow Kiss has it all intrigue, mystery, romance, ghosts, vampires and sexy men. The characters are well developed you can’t help connecting with them and cheering them on though the story. The author has done a fantastic job creating a world that they live in with the different types of vampires. The series is one I can’t get enough of it’s just so hard to put down so I stayed up super late reading only to finish this morning. The story while not as action packed as the prior book does provide a captivating story from start to finish leaving me dying for the next one. Vampire Academy is a must read for all vampire fans teens as well as adults. I know it stole my heart as favorite vampire series. Looking forward to starting the next one right away. Love this series!!!
5 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. I love this series. I must've read it about 8 times within the 2 years of owning the books. Rose has the perfect amount of snark and kick-assery to make an amazing heroine... and don't even get me started on Dimitri. *swoon*
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous