Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

“Throughout history, people with new ideas—who think differently and try to change things—have always been called troublemakers.” 

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series, so you might not want to read this review if you’ve not read the previous books.

Shadow Kiss made me laugh, cry, and question my sanity all in 443 pages.  Before reading Shadow Kissed, I kept asking myself, “Why do so many people rave about this series? Sure, it’s fast paced and Dimitri is a pretty attractive character, but there’s nothing THAT special about this series”.  After reading Shadow Kissed, I now understand why so many people rave about it so much. If you are unsure about continuing this series after reading the first two books, don’t give up! This series truly gets better as it goes along.  REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Rose returns to St. Vladimir’s shaken up over Mason’s death and her own close encounter with the Strigoi. She tries to hide it from everyone though. And as a result, she has no one to turn to when she starts having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and seeing ghosts. If that wasn’t bad enough, Lissa starts to use her magic again, Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose’s taboo relationship with Dimitri could be pushed to its limit.

Mead does a good job of not leaving any loop holes in her writing. She fully explains what causes an event to happen and any lingering questions about the motive behind a character’s action (Adrian being able to get Rose and Lissa to the trial because of his relationship with the queen, how the wards got broken, why Dimitri is helping Rose at the church). I love that about her writing. Its those small details that really win me over, along with the fact that she connects her past books to the current storyline (Victor Dashkov returns and the conversation between Rose and Dimitri about wanting to be killed if they turned Strigoi). It gives a sense of cohesion to the series and shows Mead plans meticulously before writing any of her books

Shadow Kiss was very close to being a 5 star book. I had to deduct .5 stars though because of Rose. I just don’t like her character or her relationship with Dimitri. She’s too strong willed, stubborn, and over-the-top for my taste. And as a result, she comes off as whiny and childish. But despite Rose being Rose, I really did enjoy this book and I would recommend this series to just about everyone.

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