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Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3) Paperback – November 13, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Vampire Academy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Later Printing edition (November 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595141979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595141972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Vampire Academy series

"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 to 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."

About the Author

Richelle Mead is the author of Vampire Academy and Frostbite. She lives in Seattle.

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Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at:

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I love the character development in this book as well.
teacher mom
This book made me happy, sad I even cried and got upset but I have hope that somewhere in the rest of the series I will see the end that I want.
Rose has matured into her own person and makes some really hard decisions that will change every thing she has held sacred her whole life.
Lisa A. Richards(alterlisa)

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't want the book to end. But by the time I got to the end I was so drained, emotionally and physically (pacing around reading) I collapsed in a heap.

First of all is a change in Rose. Not only does she view her relationship with Lissa differently, she starts to question her purpose in life and the choices that have been thrust upon her. The life of a dhampir is one of duty and hardship. She'd always thought the only other choice was to be be a blood whore, so of course, being a guardian for her best friend, the Dragomir Princess was a better life.

But all that is turned on it's head when she discovers the true meaning of what it means to be Shadow Kissed. That it wasn't just a name given to St. Vladimir's friend and help mate, Shadow Kissed Anna, there was a more relevant meaning behind it.

With this knowledge and the disturbing presence of a lost friend, her life is in turmoil when it should have been smooth sailing with Victor Dashkov in prison and the trials going swimmingly for her.

Then comes tragedy. I can't write about it. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, I will say this though, I spent over half the book cringing at each page I turned, hoping that I was wrong, that Ms. Mead wouldn't do what I was terrified she would do in the end. So by the time it happened I was a mess; weepy and depressed.

I hate and love this book.

I can't wait for the next one, so addicted.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J-Carp on November 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
A little background... I am in my mid 20's and a high school teacher who loves to read when I can but doesn't get much time to do it in. I picked up the twilight series a year ago at a students request and was pleasantly surprised. Once the series was finished I needed another one! Before Twilight I had not been into teen romance/ fantasy books especially with vampires and such. I saw a book-list of recommendations by Twilight followers and picked up the "House of Night" series by PC Cast. This was worth reading and I am waiting for the next book to come. My husband now calls me addicted to Vamps since I started looking for a new series to pick up. I was strongly recommended to pick up the Vampire Academy series by my 20 year old sister who has always been a fan of this genre of books.
Wow! I loved this series, I know I might get some backlash on this from serious twilighters out there but I would say this is a close second to twilight though it has a very different storyline/plot. I love the background Richelle Mead gives her characters even ones that don't seem to significant at first. Rose is an amazing self conflicted character to read about. A young but amazing heroine conflicted between her life duty/purpose to protect her best friend Lissa, a last in her family royal, or choose another "alluring" path. Rose is a woman coming into her own through the series having to deal with self conflictions while those around her often idolize her more than she likes. Oh, and the fact that there is a gorgeous & lethal male "mentor" named Dimitri in it doesn't hurt! In this latest installment things heat up between a few characters and hard decisions are made that will touch everyone in the long run.
I have enjoyed each of the books but "Shadow Kiss" is what I would call the best in series so far.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Hilburn on June 27, 2009
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Shadow Kiss completely wrapped its every last word around me and choked me silent with anticipation every turn of a page. Rose has finally realized that there is a bigger meaning to being "shadow kissed" then just sharing a powerful bond with her best friend. In this realization, changes start to surround her in a negative way.
She starts to question her life, her relationships, and her supposed delusions. In conclusion, even without having all the answers, one thing is unquestionably certain, her unconditional love and devotion to Dimitri and later she learns that the feeling is utterly mutual. Two halves to make the most beautiful and perfect whole.
Protecting Moroi always comes first, as is the dhampir motto. During the heat of battle and finding the whereabouts of the enemy by way of a dear friend who had since past. Things spiral downward and never stop until it reaches complete darkness.
I have been weeping for a few days every so often I ponder about the book. Always thinking of how things could have been different if only they may have taken the opposed approach; but since Rose's maturity and discipline has risen way beyond her years, it seems the only explanation is that it was just meant to be the way it proceeded, how ever morbidly devastating it was. Anxiety and depression has set in as the wait for what Ms Mead will throw at us next. Bleedingly heavy on the heart, yet I could never get enough. The series gets better and better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Rose Hathaway?"
Someone elbowed me, like maybe I didn't recognise my one name. Swallowing, I stood and walked down the bleachers, robotlike. There was a mistake. There had to be a mistake.

Better and better as they go, Richelle Mead's Shadow Kiss really hit my expectations of this hyped series. Filled with heart wrenching twists and unexpected sacrifices, and an astonishing cliffhanger tops it off, ruining my 'meh-ness' to this series. Shadow Kiss left me with a full page of notes for my review, yet I still don't think words can fathom my love.

They come first. Rose Hathaway comprehends that she must not fall in love with another dhampir guardian, in order to keep her friend, Lisa safe. But sometimes, rules must be broken, and sacrifices must be enforced. Especially when Rose started to see ghosts...

"You have the patience of a saint," I grumbled, slouching into a chair. "And besides, you don't hang out with him 24/7."
"Neither do you. It's only 24/6."
"Same difference. It might as well be 24/10."
She frowned. "That doesn't make any sense."

In each book, I'm becoming more in love with each and everyone one of these characters- well with the exception of a few. Rose is another one of those humorous yet kick-ass protagonists that don't stretch out what becomes unbelievable but borders the realism and epic-ness in evenly. I admire how Rose can switch her moods, adjusting to situations, however there are times where I still find her as the 'whiny little girl' I once described.

Lisa is as annoying and helpless as can be, I really feel like grabbing her out of the book and torturing her. In comparison to Rose- to the other supporting characters even, she fails harshly at staying brave and focused.
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