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February 22, 2009 posted by Nikki

Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Novel – Richelle Mead

The heat is on. Rose is entering the final stages of her guardian training and before she can graduate into a fully qualified guardian, she is required to undergo six weeks of field experience first. After spending two years of her life guarding Lissa from real attacks, Rose thinks that the field experience will be a piece of cake. But the Academy throws her a curve ball and assigns her to guard Christian – Lissa’s boyfriend and the very same Christian that Rose doesn’t exactly like. Rose finds herself suddenly confronted with a whole stack of new challenges that have absolutely nothing to do with guarding and protecting the life of a royal.

As if spending six days a week with Christian isn’t enough drama for Rose to deal with, something weird is going on with her. She’s been seeing Mason, like really seeing him, and she thinks that maybe she’s going a little crazy. But Mason died, she saw him slip away with her own two eyes. So what, or who, is she seeing now? Ghosts aren’t real, right? Maybe not, but maybe they are… Rose desperately wants to talk to someone about ghost-Mason, or whatever it is that she is seeing, but she knows that sharing her story would lead to no good. No good at all.

Then there is Dimitri. Even though she’s tried, Rose just can’t shake her feelings for him. How could she, when he’s everything she’s ever wanted? How many girls can say they found their dream guy, their soul mate, during their adolescence? Not too many, I would assume. Rose however, has found her soul mate, it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out – she just can’t have him. It’s a cruel twist of fate, but soul mates or not, Dimitri and Rose know that guardian/guardian relationships are strictly forbidden. Will that be enough to keep them away from each other, or can love really conquer all? Loving Dimitri is the scariest thing in Rose’s life, and she knows that if anyone found out, both their lives could be ruined forever. Rose and Dimitri face some very interesting challenges indeed. Will they walk away from their guardian destiny to be with each other, or will they continue to deny themselves, deny each other?

Just when Rose thinks that her life couldn’t possibly get anymore complicated, the Strigoi launch a surprise attack on the Academy and suddenly everyone Rose ever cared about is unsafe. This time, the Strigoi fight dirtier than ever before and take something of Rose’s that will change her life forever.

“I ran. I didn’t look back. I didn’t ask what he was going to do because I already knew. He was going to stop as many Strigoi as he could so that I could get help. And a moment later I heard grunts and hits that told me he’d found another. For only a heartbeat, I let myself worry about him. If he died, I was certain I would too.”

Prepare yourself for a monstrous cliffhanger ending that will leave you gasping for breath.

Rose learns a lot in this installment and watching her develop as a person is a humbling experience. In all the loss, through all her trials, Rose never loses sight of who she is, or what she stands for. She is stubborn and fierce but she’s also selfless and loyal – qualities that are a rarity in today’s society.

Richelle Mead has outdone herself with this installment. Fabulously written, full of action and nail-biting suspense, Shadow Kiss is an unputdownable read.

Rating:: ★★★★★

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13 Comments

  • OMFGs i want BP like right now

    “Prepare yourself for a monstrous cliffhanger ending that will leave you gasping for breath.”
    is a understatment!!

    its SO much more than that!

    like the review Thumbs Up!

  • I just want to say how excited I am about Blood Promise. Who would have thought, me, pining for a Vampire Academy book!

  • OMG x 100 AWESOME!
    The ending is the biggest cliffhanger, one that left me seriously balling my eyes out.
    Through the entire book, I couldn’t put it down. It just kept getting better and better even though something major happens that made me seriously pissed and hoping that somehow it will not truly be like that for the fourth book.
    I can’t wait for Blood Promise!! Do I really have to wait till August ’09!!!!??

  • I loved Shadow kiss. I consumed it in 1 and a half day.
    I couldnt stop reading. When i did, i was waiting for the next oppurtunity to read more. I re-read it alot, it will never bore me. I cant wait for blood promise, the waiting is making me crazy. How am i supposed to wait?! (Oh, btw, any body else who likes Adrian Ivashkov? I luv him. He’s hilarious.)

  • You aren’t wrong about the cliff hanger.
    So many possible outcomes are just running at full speed through my head. In other words I’m going insane just waiting for Blood Promise.
    I like the end of Shadow Kiss, though. Rose is finally grown up and saving Dimitri.LOL. (yeah, I like Mulan. Sue me.)
    It’s about time Lissa grew a back bone don’t you think?

    cheers
    janee

  • theres a rumer saying that rose is prego do you think its true

  • SLIGHT SPOILERS.

    I’m but, foreal, i hated this book after i read it again, I mean you knw i just hate what happened to you know who. I mean that love and now “someones” gone and she really really needed him it’s sooo sad. I mean if you reread the book, you’d be like me the whole time like WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY HIM!! why not anyone else jeez richelle they were GREAT together. Her other half WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. Other than that the book was actually GREAT too lol. Just why ya knw. He loveeeeeeed her she lovvvvvvvvedd him. whyy.

  • soooooo sad i cried at the end evry 1 wants to reread it but i dont no if i can take eny more of the sadness. i cant belive it happened the night after u no wht lol

  • hi,=)
    i really enjoyed ur review ~thumbs up
    i also really enjoyed this book too!!
    cant wait for the 6th book!! ~last sacrifice
    im dying!!…..
    do u guys think that Dimitri will turn back to Dhampir?

  • I loved this book. So. Freakin. MUCH! So sad about Dimitriii! and loved what happened between him and Rose in the Cabin!! *wink wink*

    -Gillyana Rose Hathaway xoxo

  • Shadow Kiss is AMAZING.
    I want to be a writer when I am older. Michelle has inspired me to become a writer.
    <3 Thankyou for everything.

    P.S Last Sacrafice is AMAZING too.

  • Shadow Kiss is AMAZING.
    I want to be a writer when I am older. Michelle has inspired me to become a writer.
    <3 Thankyou for everything.

    P.S Last Sacrafice is AMAZING too.

  • “I ran. I didn’t look back. I didn’t ask what he was going to do because I already knew. He was going to stop as many Strigoi as he could so that I could get help

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