Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Released Date: November 13, 2008
Pages: Paperback (443 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Author Website: http://www.richellemead.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
Description: For Rose Hathaway, everything seems out of kilter. Ever since she made her first Strigoi kills, a dark shadow has been creeping over her. Looming in the background, too, is another realization: If she follows her forbidden love for guardian Dimitri Belikov, she might lose her best friend forever. And these sleep-shaking worries couldn't have come at a worse time. The immortal unloving are prowling everywhere, famished for vengeance against her. An adrenaline-laced episode of the teen pop favorite Shadow Academy.
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"Wait. You think I'm going to die? That's why you slept with me?"
"You aren't afraid of throwing yourself in the path of danger, but you're terrified of letting anyone in."
"I couldn't stop staring at the cave, back where Dimitri was, back where half of my soul was."
"You're strong-you're so, so strong. It's why I love you."
My Musings: This book is easily my most favorite in the series. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions, and found my self clutching the book when finished. With Richelle Mead continues to keep me surprised and clinging to the pages, which is rare since sometimes series can get progressively worse.
Rose always manages to surprise me, whether is her courage, smart-ass comments, or unwavering love for the ones she cares for. She is one of those people that I would want to be like.
The Dimitri and Rose interactions were my absolute favorite. The love they have for each other is so amazing. Some of the best scenes between them are in this novel. I can only imagine what is in store for them in the future.
Adrian really began to grow on me. Even though I am not a fan of a Adrian-Rose coupling, I found myself enjoying many of his lines and his bantering with the other characters. He is a real interesting character, and I am curious how he will progress in the rest of the series.
Lissa really matures in this story. Her strong regal, intelligant side really shines through out pivatal Moroi political moments. She can trully be the answer to alot of the Strigoi problems. Its just sad that the other Moroi don't realize it yet.
The ending left me in tears, and I had to go into therapy...lol. It was not what I expected and it has left me in denial that the series was going to end that way. Thank God for three more books!!!
All I know that this book will be a gut wrenching experience from to start to the very last line....and do mean the very last line.