Title: Shadow Kiss
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Vampire Academy
Date Started: February 2
Date Finished: February 3
Format: Paperback from my shelf
Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken… Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
Every time I read this series I always forget how much I love/hate this book. I love this book because finally after two and half books of buildup, Rose and Dimitri finally consummate their love and everything is almost perfect. But then I hate this book because of all the crap that Rose goes through in it. I mean, she realizes just what it really means to be shadow-kissed to Liisa – that whole darkness absorption thing is really creepy. Then she starts seeing ghosts, and everyone thinks that she’s just grieving over the loss of her friend. Which really isn’t too far from the truth, but after everything these guys have seen Rose do because of her bond, why can’t she also see ghosts too? And then the big reason why I hate the ending, is that after everything that Rose and Dimitri have been through he’s taken down by a Strigoi and isn’t killed. When I was a teenager, that scene – and book 4 – completely broke my heart. As an adult, I’m just sitting here screaming PLOT.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. As always I think Rose’s reactions are a little bit too extreme, she really needs to figure out a way to express herself without yelling and threatening. I also think that there was a better way for her to handle telling Liisa that she was leaving to take care of Dimitri’s last wish. However, this book is still as good as I remember it being.
Bookshelf worthy? I wish they would have released all these books as hardcovers.