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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

On the cover: Lissa and Dimitri

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead is the third book in the Vampire Academy series. This is the synopsis on the back of the book:

Rose Hathaway 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 . . .

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Aceemy’s iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose’s sworn enemy, Victor Dashkove, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there’s way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that 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?

This time, the novel did not have a prologue. If you were looking forward to this, you will be disappointed. We start out with glimpse into a love-making scene (without going into great detail about certain parts, just feelings). You kind of get that glimmer of hope that it’s Rose and Dimitri. Then you find out it’s Lissa and Christian, with Rose living the same thing Lissa is living. She takes a walk to shake off almost “having” sex with Christian (eww, I know). Of course, it’s after curfew and Dimitri is on watch. Ever since the incident in Spokane, he has treated her as if she were an adult. Dimitri and Rose finally have their romantic moment, the moment where Rose loses her virginity. No, it doesn’t go into detail. It gives a couple paragraphs describing that she wanted it, that she likes it, and that she loves Dimitri.

The mantra of all guardians is They come first. Moroi lives have precedence over dhampir lives. Rose will doing anything for Lissa. When field experience comes around, to her dismay, she is assigned to Christian and not Lissa. She gets into some trouble over it: thank you Mason’s ghost and shadow kissed effects.

Adrian pulls some strings so that her and Lissa could be at the trial of Victor Dashkov. Before the trial, Victor threatens to reveal Rose and Dimitri’s affair. It goes to trial and he reveals the secret, luckily it was believed that he made it up.

What is up with all of these ghosts? When she must reveal what she has been seeing, she is automatically written off as crazy (well, having PTSD). No, she is not crazy. She doesn’t even have PTSD. Rose does finally admit that both her and Eddie had blaming themselves for Masons death, but that’s it. Mason has a warning that comes almost too late. One of her worst nightmares is coming true.

If you have been reading the series, you know that the “two people who matter most” are Dimitri and Lissa. Why does she have to choose between them? Read the book. The last two chapters will make you sad, especially when some good byes are said.

This was a good installment. There were some moments that I found a little dull. One of the exciting moments is when the Queen accuses Rose of doing thing she never did. If you liked the other books, you will like this one. If you like reading about vampires, romances, and the stress that comes from being a teen, you will like this book. If you like action, you will like the action and fight scenes.

Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Adventure, Romance

Stars (out of 5): *****

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