Review: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

February 6, 2014 Book Review, Young Adult 15 ★★★★★

Shadow KissShadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Published by Razorbill on November 13th 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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.

Welcome to Day Three of Vampire Academy week at Forever 17 Books!

Frostbite cemented my commitment to the Vampire Academy series but I think it was Shadow Kiss that really put the books on my favorites list. When I started the books I only had the first two but soon after I started reading I ordered the new box set. Guys, I couldn’t even wait the few extra days for delivery! I needed this book so bad, so off to the library I went!

The end of Frostbite left our Rose a changed person. She is haunted by the memory of what happened, in more ways than one, and quite literally as ghosts and shadows ย seem to be surrounding her. Of course this is something she keeps to herself and suffers with alone. If that wasn’t bad enough, her Guardian training trials have begun and are not going as expected.

There was so much about this installment that I loved. Despite the difficulties surrounding Rose, she had grown so much and had become a force to be reckoned with in her world. Really getting back to the use of the elemental magic the Moroi have, especially Christian who truly shows just how badass he is with fire and Lissa returning to the use of spirit was so fun to see! It adds such a great flavor to the books and the characters. And Adrian’s ability to dream walk is pretty awesome. Things really heat up between Rose and Dimitri, finally! *fans self* And omg I can’t even with what happens at the end! What an emotional roller coaster! I can’t say I was completely shocked. I picked up on little clues that something big was coming to change the dynamic of the series. And boy did it! I think this might be my favorite of all the books. The excitement and suspense is so killer and even with some ideas and guesses as to what may happen next, Richelle Mead starts to show her talent with throwing in a few extra surprises to keep you on your toes with this one!



Vampire Academy Week:

Day One – Vampire Academy review + GIVEAWAY

Day Two – Frostbite review

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

15 Responses to “Review: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead”

  1. Wendy @ Book Scents

    This one was my favorite of the series!!! LOVED IT!! I was the opposite actually – while I had the first I borrowed the 2nd and 3rd from the library and after finishing I was like, I need the next. RIGHT NOW! I couldn’t wait on the library so I went to B&N asap and bought the 4th (i had the 5th and 6th) and then proceeded to hole myself up and binge read. So amazingly good!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    This book fucking broke my heart!
    I ended up finishing this at around 4 or 5 in the morning. After screaming ‘WHHHHAAAAAAAT????!’ I immediately went to Amazon to order the next book. Only to find out to my horror that it wasn’t even out yet. Even worse, it wasn’t going to be released until another 11 months! I was devastated. I put a countdown on my phone and bought the kindle of Blood Promise at midnight when it was finally released.
    This was the first real cliffhanger I’ve read and oh boy was it a good one. That’s why I’m not so shocked by cliffhangers now. I don’t think anything can beat this. If I survived this, I can handle anything ๐Ÿ™‚
    Although Richelle’s Georgina Kincaid series comes pretty damn close…
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  3. Jasprit

    I have actually only read the first two books in this series, everyone I know especially my cousin who is a big fan of this series has been on my case to continue with this (my cousin actually lent me the entire series), but I haven’t felt that compelled to continue with it. But I think you’ve certainly convinced me to give it another go, it does seem like there is so much more brilliance yet to come! Lovely review as always!
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  4. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    This one was my favorite of the series, but it broke my heart. Thankfully, I already had the next book in hand, so I didn’t stay heart-broken for too long. Rose’s character development throughout this series is one of the highlights of this book for me. She really learned to grow in this one and in the next book (unlike some characters who need a man in their life to show them how strong they are).
    Lovely review, Sara. I’m so glad you decided to give this series a shot. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Gayatri

    This book! Boy ! I was so damn glad to have the next book handy otherwise I would have gone crazy. Seriously! This series is so darn amazing! I am pretty sure ur gonna absolutely love the next installments because they are gonna be intense, to say the least. Make sure to breathe while reading. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  6. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    This was my favorite of the series (at least up to this one). The first book was just ok, I wasn’t sure what all of the fuss was about, but then I loved the second book and then this one just blew me away. That ending…gah! I was so glad I could instantly read the next book, if I had to wait a year it would have killed me!
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