Title: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy 3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)
Rating: 5 Star
Related Series: Bloodlines
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.
Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
This is by far my favourite so far in the series, and they seem to just be getting better and better.
SO much happens in this book. Really, I don’t even know how I’m going to talk about any of it without totally ruining the book for everyone….
The theme really starts to happen in this one. Aspects from the first two books come in and start to really show where the story is headed. Huge fight scenes and much drama happens and then you are left on a huge cliff hanger. I would talk about them more, but they really are a large part of the story and if I do I think I would ruin it for everyone. Also, some of the question are answered a little as well, but there are still many things left hanging. But you really get the feeling that everything is about to unravel and snap into place.
We deal with a lot of grief throughout this book. After the events of the last one plus things that come to pass in this book everyone is pretty down throughout the whole thing. Lissa is probably the happiest besides Christian and Adrian though they aren’t all totally happy either. They deal with a whole love square thing with Rose that is pretty much just made up in Christian’s mind because he is jealous of how much time Adrian spends with Lissa because of their magic, but Adrian loves Rose who is just all about Dimitri and does even realise just how much he likes her until the end when she uses it against him. I mean, i totally feel sorry for Rose, she goes through some serious mind stuffing up stuff, from seeing ghosts and being consumed with black balls of hate and crazy which are not her own, plus more death. I can totally see why she is such a total bitch sometimes, why she is really stupid sometimes, but poor Adrian. Leave him alone, you toyed with poor Mason though you didn’t totally mean to and it sent him off into crazy hurtness that did contribute to him dying, so don’t do it to my poor Adrian. He knows its kinda a loss cause, don’t play with his adorable, sometimes annoying heart.
The only time really that Rose isn’t a complete ball of unstableness is when she makes with her relationship with Dimitri which hadn’t really progressed at all since the first book until now. They finally just accept that they love each other and that they are going to have to find a way to make it work because they didn’t want to keep fighting it anymore by the end of the book. Very cute stuff really. You kind of felt that Rose needed just a touch of joy. She didn’t get many of those moments in this book. At the end even her and Lissa have a falling out, and though I can understand where Lissa was coming from I felt it was a huge step back in the personal development of her character. She had become so strong in personality and what not then at the end she is complaining and crying about how Rose isn’t thinking she is the centre of the world and not putting her first for the first time ever. Rose hasn’t been the centre of Lissa’s world for a really long time and really doesn’t offer herself up to be there for her (not an easy feet I know since Rose doesn’t scream help me, but still) and its not fair to Rose to think that she (Lissa) has to be her whole world. There was even a moment when Rose is accused of letting someone attack Christian because she doesn’t like him, and Lissa totally believes it. To me that wasn’t something a bestfriend would have thought. I really wanted to slap her then.
There is only one real thing that completely took me out of the story, and it was a writing fail. There was a point where three people were interacting but the writer got the names muddle up and called someone the wrong name even though it made NO sense that it would be referring to that person. I wont say who or where those because maybe if you hadn’t read the book before like I have you wont notice. They have probably (hopefully) fixed it in later releases.
Anyway, in conclusion there was a whole mess of plot development and action, there was relationship development both good and bad, and I was more caught up in the story way more than the others. I know im supposed to be reading other books because their authors are actually waiting for a review but I doubt it is going to happen. All I can think about what might happen next, and I would never be able to focus on another story anyway.