Monday, September 8, 2014

Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead (#3 - Vampire Academy)

"Don't worry, little dhampir. You might be surrounded by clouds, but you'll always be like sunshine to me."


Title: Shadow Kiss
Author: Richelle Mead
Genres: YA, fantasy
Rate: ☆☆☆☆☆
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

W O W O W O W. I thought Frostbite was good, but Shadow Kiss takes it to a whole other level.

I cannot begin to explain how gripping and exhilarating this book was. It wasn't only the plot that made me squeal like a three-year-old, but the characters and their relationships as well, and the enthralling events and pretty much everything else. The mix of politics, action, romance, flirtatiousness, and thrills were the perfect balance.

Rose will always be Rose, but she is developing a lot as a character and as she is getting older and on the verge of being an actual guardian, she's being more responsible, listening and obeying to the instructions that she's been given, and applying her knowledge and abilities best where they are needed. But, she is keeping SO MUCH from Lissa which is infuriating as Lissa tells her everything. Backing that up, this is the book that Lissa finally knows about her feelings towards Dimitri. BOOK 3. arghhh.

To those of you who are eagerly awaiting more Rose and Dimitri moments, your wait will finally be over! But, I can't find what so many  people are swooning over; I find Dimitri's character absolutely bland and uninteresting. Sure, he may be hot and strong but, then what?

I love Adrian. I think Adrian and Rose have better chemistry than Rose and Dimitri but I know their soulmates, and destined to be, and blah, blah, blah. Some moments, we see that he is quite the opposite of his reputation - he's kind, and caring but nevertheless, outgoing, funny, and eccentric. We also get to see more of Christian and those who weren't particularly fond of him before, they might sway in favour of him after reading Shadow Kiss. There are plenty of moments with Christian and Rose working together, kicking ass, and humouring the readers.
There's a humongous cliffhanger, and by humongous, I mean fricking HUMONGOUS. But, Adrian...;)

-C E L I N E