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Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3) Paperback – November 13, 2008
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"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." --TeensReadToo.com
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead is the third in the Vampire Academy novels. Rose and her friends are still reeling from the attack on their lives by a team of Strigoi. Lissa continues to cultivate her new powers and impresses the Moroi princess. Rose continues to struggle with her feelings for Dimitri. Adrian continues to pursue Rose, but shares a power with Lissa, which makes Christian overwhelmingly jealous. And Rose... sees a ghost? Secrets pile on secrets, and Rose seems to burst with anger and rage at the most inopportune moments. But it seems like everything ends up being connected and leads to a pulse pounding and heart wrenching ending.
Very rarely do series just get better and better with each book. Frostbite was twice as good as Vampire Academy. I would say that Shadow Kiss is my current favorite. It's rare these days that I get so invested in a series that I just have to keep going no matter what. As soon as I was done with Shadow Kiss, I immediately bought the next in the series. Harry Potter comes to mind as the only other series that really builds upon itself and gets better and better. The character development, the plot twists, everything comes together perfectly. I am continually impressed by Richelle Mead. She undoubtedly deserves all her success.
Overall, a wonderful, thrilling follow up to the terrific Frostbite. I know I won't be able to put this series down until the end.
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The Vampire Academy Series is one of my favorite series! The story of Rose Hathaway as she goes through the dhampir equivalent of high school. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Margaret Lenore Closser
This series continues to not disappoint. No. That's an understatment. It continues to amaze me. The characters, the plot, the twists... it's perfect. I love it so much. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Merphy
It is amazing and thrilling. It toyed with my heart so much!!!! I felt the pain and joy with the characters and son I was entrapped as a character in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by seaqueen
So I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Not overly action packed, however the story really took you on a very cool path and set for some really good things to come. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jared Varner
I have really been enjoying the series. Happy to see there are more.Published 1 month ago by Feather's 65
Still love this series and you will too. Tell your friends.Published 1 month ago by Cheyenne Waddington
I Love all the books so far! I'm so excited to see what comes next for Rose and Lissa. HhehePublished 1 month ago
I was looking for a fun book to read that would be light and good for a short trip. I looked at the reviews, saw that this was a series and thought why not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J Young