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Location: /Teen Paranormal & Romance
Shadow Kiss  

Book Title: Shadow Kiss
A Vampire Academy Novel # 3

Author: Richelle Mead

Our Comments...A sensational must read!

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Format: Trade paperback (UK) , 256 pages
ISBN: 9781595141972
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: November 24, 2008

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Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian.  Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first.  Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken . . .

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right.  Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates.  And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake.  The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen.  In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most . . . but will her choice mean that only one can survive?


'Mead . . . weave[s] a unique and mesmerizing mystery with a whodunit ending that even the most skilled detectives will not predict . . . this little gem is sure to be a hit.' - VOYA

'Teens able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and anticipate the next installment.' - Booklist

'In a world that seems saturated with vampire books, Richelle Mead has created characters and a world that is both unique and believable.' - TeensReadToo.com

'A heart stopping journey that you just don't want to end' -Fangtastic Fiction

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Customer Reviews

Kaylee 2012-06-28

I admit (begrudgingly) that I have under-estimated Richelle Meadís writing. I liked the first book, but I didnít really like the second book and I decided that this would be the deal breaker over whether I would continue with the series. Well, the first book (Vampire Academy) was nothing compared to this; I was pulled in from the very start and there was no way I was going to put that book down until I was done.

Yet again, we follow the story of Rose and Dimitri and their complicated relationship. I never minded Dimitri, but he never seemed like he was worth all the fuss that Rose would throw over him and I admit I was wrong about that. In this book we get a closer look into all the charactersí lives, Dimitri included, and I found myself starting to really enjoy his character, as well as the other characters I had yet to warm up to.

This book was definitely worth the read and I have nothing negative to say about it. Itís exciting, thrilling, suspenseful and interesting; it has the whole package. It will pull you in and it will not let you go until youíre done. Itís one of those books that with every page turn, you will be more engrossed in it and (try as you might) you wonít be able to put it down without it clouding your thoughts and taking over your everyday life.

Yet again, if youíre following the series, keep going, you wonít be disappointed and if you arenít, do. The first and second books are nothing compared to the sheer awesomeness of this book.

Ali 2010-02-12

OMG! What a story! What drama! What passion! What... I canít believe that ending!

In truth, Iím reviewing this AFTER Blood Promise. Iím sorry, but I just couldnít wait, I had to start reading it as soon as Iíd finished this book!

Iím still undecided as to whether or not Richelle Mead is the devil incarnate or an angel from heaven, but Shadow Kiss is just wonderful!

We finally start to see Rose as a Guardian, and understand more what the bond between her and Lissa really means. Although she still has the odd brattish moments, sheís rapidly becoming an Ďadultí, even when things really arenít fair!

As with the rest of this series, weíve got the relationship issues between Rose and Dimetri to contend with, as well as Roseís relationship with Lissa. There is also the normal plot twists Iíve come to love from this series and, as you may gathered, none better than the ending.† I started the next book still not quite believing it was real!

It was nice to see Christian and Adrian both play strong roles in this book, and I find myself really starting to like them both as they become real characters, rather than just accessories to fuel Lissa & Roses scenes.

We get to revisit Victor as well, which leads for some interesting flash backs, but overall I had to wonder what really was the point. Actually, there were a couple of Ďhuhí moments throughout Shadow Kiss, where I was really wondering what the point in telling us that was, but these were short moments, so not enough (at the time) to distract from the story. However, the way everything gets woven together is just typical of Ms Mead!

Again we get wonderful writing style, the flow of words, the ease of scene transitions and the rug pulled out from under us. All things Iíve come to expect from anything written by Richelle Mead. Itís true, she does have a definite style and itís simply sheís just good.

Shadow Kiss really is one of those books where you turn the phone off and lock yourself in your room. The only sounds to be heard for the next few hours will be the sounds of pages turning, and the odd gasp.

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