Author: Richelle Mead (author website)
Release Date: Nov. 13th 2008 by Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
OH. MY. WORD.
... and... well, not speechless, obviously—I’m writing this—but struggling to find words. Shadow Kiss is shocking, exciting, and completely and utterly brilliant. Lots of people have said Vampire Academy really hits its stride come book 3. They were right.
Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret .... She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever...
Wow oh wow. Whatever I was expecting from Shadow Kiss, it wasn’t this. Rarely is fiction THIS. GOOD. It delivers in so many ways I don’t quite know where to start. So maybe the beginning: we join Rose and co. back at St Vlad’s, trying to come to terms with the loss of a close friend. For all intents and purposes, life has returned to normal... but Rose doesn’t feel normal. She’s seeing ghosts, and even in this world, it’s not normal. Also, despite her normal brashness, her dark moods don’t quite seem her own...
Thoughts Proclamation Of Adoration:
We get to see bond Lissa and Rose share explored more deeply, and start to understand the repercussions this will have for Rose’s future—much like we explored the effects of Lissa’s power in Vampire Academy. Despite Rose being the protagonist of the series, this really felt like her book to me. She’s finally starting to question her future, and acknowledge what being a Guardian will cost her: basically, a life of her own. This stirs previously unconfronted feelings, and, while they clearly still love each other, the friendship between Rose and Lissa seems to shift a little in Shadow Kiss, soured by a little resentment. And I just have to add: Christian? Kicks ass. Well, Rose and Christian kick ass.
The political machinations deepen in Shadow Kiss, and we once again encounter the
And Dimitri. Oh, Dimitri. I almost don’t know what to say... the feelings Rose and Dimitri share grow to a point so vast they ache, and we finally see the two openly acknowledge—to each other—exactly how they feel about each other. There’s real hope for a future for them, but... Just but. It’s all I’m saying. I love Dimitri. I love Dimitri and Rose. And I love the deepening of their relationship in this book as they learn to truly trust and confide in one another. Rose openly acknowledges that she sees Dimitri as invincible—he can fix and do anything—and I adored watching them draw even closer as he shows a more vulnerable side to himself. These two just get each other on a level that is so poignant and satisfying, you can’t help but fall in love along with them.