Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)

Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series.  Rose, Eddie, and Christian are back at the Academy after the traumatic events that unfolded at the end of Frostbite.  Rose thinks she is seeing Mason's ghost, but she blames it on stress.  

Rose and the other novices must complete their field experience if they are going to graduate and officially become guardians.  Instead of taking classes, they are assigned to a Moroi and must act as their guardian for six weeks.  Their instructors will stage surprise attacks, so they must be prepared at all times.  There are some twists when it comes to the assignments and the attacks did not all play out the way I thought they would.

Several Moroi Royals have shown up with unexplained marks and bruises.  They all claim that they fell, but Rose is determined to get to the bottom of it.  I was shocked to find out what was really happening to the Royals and how it impacted everyone at the Academy, not just the Royals immediately involved.

The relationship between Rose and Dimitri definitely heats up throughout this book.  I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it yet, but it is safe to say that neither of them wants to deny their feelings any longer.  They are both committed to giving their relationship a try.

There is another action packed strigoi attack that claims the lives of several Moroi and Dhampirs.  Rose and Christian are once again instrumental in the attack and the guardians begin to see the advantages of using Moroi specializing in fire as a means of attack/defense.  The events that took place in this book will likely change the way guardians and Moroi protect themselves throughout the rest of the series.  I wouldn't be surprised if they begin considering ways for the other Moroi to use their magic as a means of self defense.

There is a MAJOR development at the very end of this book.  I can't imagine the agony I would be going through if I had to wait a year to get my hands on the next book in this series.  I have several books I need to read this month, but hopefully I will be able to get to Blood Promise sometime this summer.

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