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Of the three books so far, Shadow Kiss was the most heart-breaking. I won't elaborate because I don't want to give anything away. You just need to..read...it!!
For one of their assignments, the novices must guard one of the Mori from 'surprise attacks' led by their teachers. Rose knows she'll definitely get Lissa as her Moroi to protect, because that's how it's going to be after graduation, right? But what she wasn't expecting was to get somebody else..
We get to see a little more of all the characters in Shadow Kiss, Lissa and Christian's relationship advances, I think he's a totally badass character! And he works really well with Rose which is fab. Dimitri. *swoon* LOL. He's a lot more smiley-smiley and less I'm-only-here-to-kill-Strigoi in this, which was great to see since he's one of my favourites!! Eddie was a total honeypie!! They went through a lot in Frostbite, and Eddie's taking being a Guardian a lot more seriously, but he's so lovable and very protective over Rose (in a brotherly way) which had me beaming! Ivashkov? *sighs* I have to say Adrian's growing on more me as I learn about him, but the best thing is how he just hangs around the academy..it just makes me giggle thinking about it.
I'm beginning to seriously LOVE Richelle's action scenes. She writes them so beautifully I actually have to stop to picture it all! And I kinda just want to *be* there..it'd be insanely cool JUST SAY IT ALREADY!
That ending. THAT ending. THAT ENDING!!!!!!!
People who were on Twitter after I finished that bit might remember my hysterical behaviour. I was angry, upset and tres confused. It was just one of those major 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO' moments. It still pains me to think about that part, *tears well up*
Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It was published on 4th February 2010 by Puffin and is 464 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy for review.
Books in the Vampire Academy Series
1. Vampire Academy
2. Frost Bite
3. Shadow Kiss
4. Blood Promise
5. Spirit Bound
6. Last Sacrifice
No matter how many times Rose Hathaway tells herself that it's wrong, she can't stop having feelings for her training instructor, Dimitri. As soon as Rose graduates from St Vladimir's Academy and becomes a full guardian, both she and Dimitri will protect Lissa, Dragomir princess and Rose's best friend. Lissa must always come first but if Rose and Dimitri fall in love, will that always be how it happens?
After killing her first Strigoi, Rose is quickly on her way to being an amazing guardian but she has bigger things to worry about than graduating. Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, Rose is having personal problems and is seeing ghosts. The ghosts are trying to warn her but no one else will listen. Everyone thinks that she is beginning to lose her mind. Even Dimitri doesn't believe in ghosts. Will Rose be able to convince her friends that she isn't crazy before it's too late? Something bad is coming and Rose is going to have to choose between life, love and the two people who matter the most to her.
What I thought
After reading the first two books in this series, I couldn't wait to read Shadow Kiss. After what happened in Frost Bite, I was extremely excited to see where Richelle Mead was going to take the story and what would happen to all of the characters I had quickly begun to love.
Ever since killing her first Strigoi, Rose has had some problems. She can feel a darkness surrounding her and she's not acting like her usual self. Instead of being happy for Lissa and Christian, Rose begins to feel resentment towards them, knowing that she and Dimitri can never truly be together. She's getting angry at the smallest things and has a hard time in controlling her temper. Also, she's seeing ghosts. Everyone pretty much thinks that she's insane but after seeing one particular ghost, Rose knows that they are there to help and warn her of immediate danger at St Vladimir's. The addition of ghosts was one of the things that I liked the most about this book and a lot of thought was put into the reason why Rose was able to see them.
Rose and her other novice guardian friends go through their practical assignments, protecting a particular Moroi from surprise attacks from teachers and other guardians. I really enjoyed the twist that Mead put on this. Rose was so sure that she was going to be protecting Lissa that she was more than shocked to find out that she had to protect Christian. Everyone knows that her and Christian don't get on very well at all so I was interested to find out how well both of them would cope. The assignment is far from easy though but not due to Rose and Christian's feelings towards each other. I felt really sorry for Rose during this part of the book because no one would listen to her, people only added to the thoughts that she was losing her mind.
Rose has a lot going on in this book. Not only does she have to protect Christian, Adrian is still pursuing her, her mum is at the school and then there is her relationship with Dimitri. Although this could seem like too much in one book, it was done extremely well, giving enough time to each aspect. I never felt like one part overpowered another, except for maybe Rose's relationship with Dimitri at times. Not that this was a bad thing of course. I love Dimitri so I was really happy to see their relationship finally develop and to see them happy for a while. Both Rose and Dimitri have a hard time dealing with their relationship, knowing that it is wrong and they shouldn't be doing what they are but cant help themselves. What I like about their relationship is that even though there is so much going on, they still make time to talk and tell each other what's been going on and how they're feeling.
We get to see quite a lot from some of the secondary characters in Shadow Kiss. I really enjoyed seeing Christian and Rose put together for their field experience as well as getting to see a lot more of Adrian. I liked Adrian from the very beginning so it was good to see him getting a bigger part in this book. The bond that Rose and Lissa share makes it possible to see other parts of the story that wouldn't be possible otherwise. Too many books tell a story from the perspective of multiple characters now so I think this is a great but different way to get that same effect.
I'm beginning to think that Mead is the Queen of cliff-hangers. A MASSIVE battle breaks out at St Vladimir's and there are many losses on both sides. I certainly didn't see this one coming and as I reached the end of the book, I felt my heart break into a million pieces. I actually cried. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry and it very rarely happens. It wasn't just a little cry either, it was full on blubbering and not being able to see anymore because of the amount of tears. Damn you Richelle Mead for making me cry that much.
So far, Shadow Kiss has been my favourite in the series but I think that each book will just keep on getting better as the series goes on.
At the beginning of this book, we see Rose and Lissa about to embark on some special training at St. Vladimir's Academy. Rose will be required to undergo six weeks of field experience, where she will have to protect one of the Moroi students as she will be expected to do in the real world when she graduates in a few weeks time. She thinks this will be easy seeing as she was able to protect Lissa in the real world for two years at the beginning of the series. However, things don't quite go to plan when her behaviour becomes more erratic and this starts getting her into trouble with the guardians. It also doesn't help that she has started seeing the ghost of a friend of hers who was killed by a Strigoi vampire during the events of Frostbite. People think that she is starting to go crazy and Rose isn't entirely sure that this isn't true. Things then take a turn for the worse when the Strigoi attack St. Vladimir's and kill students and take hostages from the school.
Well, I started this book loving Rose's character from Vampire Academy and Frostbite, but she has changed a lot since Frostbite ended and I didn't really like Rose as she was portrayed in the first half of the book. She was selfish, impulsive and had a few temper tantrums that would put my two year old to shame. I know that Rose was impulsive during the first two books but she took it to the extreme this time. An explanation is given for this erratic behaviour later on in the book, but for me the damage had been done and I was finding her incredibly annoying.
This all changes later on though when the school is in grave danger from the Strigoi. Rose becomes the strong and focused character that she was earlier in the series. And you can't help but feel for her when she is battling with the Strigoi and trying to cope with the forbidden love that she feels for Dimitri, her mentor.
There is a lot of action at the beginning and throughout the last third of this book, but unfortunately not much in between the two. This meant that it was quite slow-paced during the middle part of the book. However, the last third is so full of action that once you get to that part you kind of forget the slower paced middle and get dragged straight into the book. Plus the end is so tragic and heartbreaking (I may have shed a tear or two!) that you can't help but love this installment of the series and it makes you desperately want to read the next book.
Because he likes to draw blood!
This is the third book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. With this book being the third in the series, this review may contain minor spoilers for those who haven't read any of the series so far, but I'll try to avoid spoilers as much as I can.
Back at St Vladamirs academy, Rose is continuing her guardian training, with graduation looming ever closer. As the teachers launch a series of fake attacks on the students, Rose is assigned to protect Christian during these tests -someone she still isn't sure about . Rose need to keep her wits about her in order to pass her exams , something that is being made all the more difficult since she started seeing ghosts everywhere.
On top of that she has to battle her strengthening feelings for Dimitri, all the while knowing that because of their future assignment as guardians of the last Dragomir princess, Lissa, they have to keep things professional. As if all this wasn't hard enough, new danger comes to the academy, threatening the lives of everyone,teacher or student, guardian or moroi . Whilst Rose is used to dealing with danger, this looks set to become a full scale war.
The first book in the series was great. The second book was still good, but had started to trail off a little. This book however was like the first in that the action, plot, and relationships were kept very exciting and fresh throughout, and I found myself unable to put the book down, struggling to stay awake just a little bit longer at night so I could keep following the action.
These are the kind of books I like the best , books so exciting that you start neglecting the stuff you shoud be doing. I'm not ashamed to say that whilst reading this I ordered a takeaway rather than have to put the book down and cook something - thats how good it was.
I really love the way Rose's character is developing . From the first book she was always a very strong individual, but as the series has gone on we get to see a subtle, softer side to Rose, and to see that despite her impressive strengths and abilities, she still has the same problems as many other teenagers - relationships, pushy parents, and friendships that don't always go to plan .
Another thing I like with this series is the mythology that led to the Moroi, Strigoi, and Dhampir races, and the different cultures surrounding these various societies. The concept of some vampires being born rather than made, but then choosing to make un-needed kills in order to become immortal and join the dark side is quite an interesting one, and several discussions in the book centre on how characters would feel in this kind of situation .
A couple of characters we met in earlier books get a chance to really develop now, for example Adrian, whom we met in the last book as the hard drinking, hard smoking , flirty party boy gets a chance to be a little more serious in this book. We also get to see a very different side to Christian, which leads to interesting developments for the rest of the Moroi .
I knew the ending of the book was hardly likely to be all unicorns and rainbows, but was still surprised by the dramatic ending , which led me to shed a few tears, and then to eagerly await getting my hands on the next book . The ending is not left as a frustrating cliff hanger (I'm looking at you, House of Night series) but is a complete ending in itself, concluding the book nicely but still giving a good inkling of excitement still waiting around the corner in the next book.
This book has matched up to, and perhaps even excelled the first book in the series, and I can't wait to read more . 5 stars! Available from amazon.co.uk for £4.39.