Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3)
by Richelle Mead
Pages: 443 (paperback)
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: bought
What if following her heart means Rose could lose her best friend forever? 

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa--the last Dragomir princess--must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken... 

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose's mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most...but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
Review: Let me quote myself: "Does 'Oh, my, gosh' cover it?"

Shadow Kiss was truly fantastic, it went above and beyond my expectations. The plot was so much better in this novel than the last, and we really got some more insight on what it truly means to be shadow kissed. I thought Rose really grew up in the last book, and I was so wrong. She grew in this one. First, she doesn't get Lissa as a part of her field experience, then she starts seeing ghosts. Can life suck any worse (answer...yes)? The end fight scene was entertaining, and kept me on my toes. This series is a definite must read.

Highlights: Dimitri + Rose = Awesomeness. Seriously, how long was I waiting for that? I also loved how Mead wrapped together all of these events, and had me going "it makes sense..."

Without a doubt, my favorite part was the very end, with Rose and Lissa. Weird, I know, but it was. I was thrilled that Rose finally thought of herself, and not everyone else.

Lowlights: The part that bugged me the most? Towards the end, one of the *possible* but also probable casualties in the fight. If you read it, then you know what I'm talking about. WHY, RICHELLE MEAD?!? Now I'm dying to read Blood Promise...

Rating: 5 out of 5

My reviews in this series:
Vampire Academy
Frostbite (#2)
Blood Promise (#4)


  1. blood promise wasn't nearly as excellent as this one was =P but omg i totally agree with the whole she finally did something for herself! which is just pure awesomness! =)

  2. I love your style of reviewing. Succinct and to the point.

  3. Ha well if you didn't like the ending with Dimitri you might not be pleased with Blood Promise. I loved it, though now I'm anxious to see what you think.

  4. Woot! Great review for another awesome book!

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  6. Awesome review! The series is so addictive, isn't it?

  7. I'm afraid to read these reviews because I haven't read the books yet. And they are next up on my list. Your "Oh my gosh" is as far as I will let myself go. :-)

  8. Yes, I wanted to DIE when "he" died. Waiting for BLood Promise was SOOO hard!!