It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven’t felt quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all …might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world – and make her choose between the two people she loves most.
I gave Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead 4/5 stars.
YAY! More Adrian! I was beyond happy to see that Adrian was in Shadow Kiss more and at St. Vladimir’s working on his spirit and helping Lissa with hers. Of course his sexiness doesn’t hurt either hahaha.
I honestly felt like Shadow Kiss was a really fast read, but it wasn’t because of the action. I mean yes there is some great action in this book especially near the end, but I found it interesting to read about Rose and the rest of the Dhampirs go through their field experiences, Rose learning more about what it means to be shadow kissed and how Rose and her friends are dealing with life after what happen in Spokane. Personally I really like the idea of bringing in ghosts to the story. I mean usually I’m not huge on book about one supernatural entity bringing in others, but it worked really well in this case, as the vampires don’t really believe or think the subject of ghosts are taboo, but her you have Rose who is seeing ghosts and doesn’t understand and struggling to get the information she wants. I mean my heart sort of broke for Rose in this book, because as you read you can see her struggle with being shadow kissed and there is no one there that can truly help her.
Of course come the end of the book my heart broke for Rose for a different reason. Honestly, once this series is over, Richelle better leave Rose alone and let her be happy. I mean at least for a little bit. I mean with everything Rose has gone through in a matter of a year, not even mentioning the car accident and running away from St. Vladimir’s for two years prior to the series starting, she truly deserves a break. Well I guess she did get a little break with Dimitri in the cabin in this book 😉
But honestly, between the ghosts, field experience, and the strigoi attacks there wasn’t much else to this book. I mean it was a great book, but something I’m not sure what was just missing from it for me.
What did you think of Shadow Kiss? Did you have a favorite part?
About the Author:
Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.
Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.