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Book Review – Shadow Kiss

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Title: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy 3)

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 443

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3, 456

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

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Book Review – Frostbite

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Title: Frostbite [Vampire Academy 2]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 327

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3456

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this. But I’m going to warn you again, there is going to be huge spoilers in this because I just have to talk it. Serious, ruin the end of the book for you spoilers.

You get a lot more in this one that you got in the first one. It still opens up lots a questions that don’t really get answered because it is written in a very series like manor. You are satisfied with how much you get but it wouldn’t be able to stand on its own very well.

You meet the characters better in this one, its not just focused on Rose and Lissa though they are still the main characters. Lissa becomes a more complete and confident person, and Rose starts to struggle with a many guy issue, she has three of them throughout this book. She also starts to crumble a little bit mentally, but there are good reasons for this. One to do with her and Lissa’s bond which isn’t really completely touched on in this book, but the events towards the end also have the right to leave her tad unstable.

You get to see more of her friend Mason, which was both good and devastating at the same time. He is just a totally lovable and though I don’t think he and Rose should be together, he totally deserved someone better than her, she kinda jerked him around a little bit. I was heartbroken when he died. That scene at the end where Rose is standing over his body covered in blood and holding a sword because she just avenged his death and shes so in shock she doesn’t realise that help has come and shes about to go at them for coming near him, was really well written.

We also get to meet Adrian for the first time, and so far I think he is my favourite character. Most of the parts that had me laughing out loud had to do with him. One of my favourite lines which Rose says about Adrian is “I don’t think anyone had expected Adrian to suddenly take an abrupt trip to Crazyville.” You also meet Rose’s mother for the first time. They have a really awkward relationship. I didn’t really think she was developed all that well, but is hard to completely understand guardians personalities and feelings when part of their roles as guardians is to hide all those things and stay calm, level headed and focus only on those they are protecting.

You also get more action from the Strigoi which livened up the plot a lot more because they didn’t really make much of an appearance in the first book and they are such a big deal in this world which has been created. A lot more action happened in this one than in the first, but because it is written for a series lots of things arent answered or shown completely yet. They probably wont be until the end.