Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review: Shadow Kiss

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: #3 in Vampire Academy
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: November 13, 2008
Pages: 443
Read it in: 4 days

Summary: Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret .... She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever...

LC's Take: 

Holy. Freaking. Crap. I just finished this book and I'm pretty much speechless right now. I can't even... wow. Haha, this was one of the craziest book endings I've ever read, and I am really understanding now why everyone is so in love with this series!

First of all, I was so happy to finally see Dmitri and Rose get together, after holding back on their feelings for each other because of their duty as guardians to the Moroi. We all knew that they were meant to be together, and it's so satisfying to see things finally happen between them! Of course, their relationship takes a huge turn for the worst (to say the least) but still, I'm glad that I got to see them have the chance to at least let each other know how much they love and care about one another.

We also got to learn more about the larger, outside vampire world in this book-- the Moroi Royal Court, all of the politics and corruption going on, the power struggle between the Moroi and the Dhampirs... it was really interesting to see that bigger picture. At this point in the story, there is a huge argument going on about whether the Moroi should fight and defend themselves along with the guardians, or continue to rely on them like they always have. These larger dynamics really help to flesh out the story and the world of Vampire Academy.

I'm pretty sure I will never get tired of Rose's snarky attitude and remarks. This girl seriously had me laughing out loud throughout the entire book, even though the plot itself dealt with many heavier and darker issues. I think that Rose's humorous point of view balances perfectly with all the serious themes this series deals with.

But I would have to say that probably the best thing about reading this series-- and what makes it so interesting-- is seeing the characters develop and mature throughout the books. Richelle does such a great job of developing her main character, Rose, and making sure that she learns from her mistakes and grows into a better person throughout the struggles and conflicts she faces. In Shadow Kiss, we see Rose growing up, taking on more responsibility as a guardian to the Moroi, and learning to not act on impulse. Reading from Rose's POV, we get to follow her throughout the story, get to know her strengths and weaknesses, and cheer her on the entire way. I feel connected to this main character-- and that's probably the #1 most important thing an author can do, is make her readers feel closely connected to the characters. Bravo, Richelle! :)

And OMGosh, the ending. I feel like I should have seen it coming, but it totally threw me for a loop. Like, I'm still in shock. I have no idea what's coming next in this series, but I'm pretty much dying to find out! And can I just say? Adrian turned out to be so freaking adorable-- even though he definitely has his flaws-- I loved seeing that vulnerable side to him and hope we see it more in the later books. I'm also looking forward to seeing exactly where Rose and Lissa's friendship goes from here, now that Rose has such a seemingly impossible task ahead of her. I think it goes unsaid that I am definitely planning to read the next book in this series really soon!

LC's Rating:
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This is definitely my favorite book in the series so far. The character growth and development, the twists in the story-- and the heart-stopping ending-- all made this an amazing book. I'm really starting to see just why everyone loves this series so much!
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7 comments:

  1. This was by far my favorite book in the series! And yea...the ending...I was in shock for hours afterwards. I'm glad you like Adrian, he's one of my favorites though!

    Can't wait to see what you think of nook 4...it was a little rough for me haha

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  2. This is one of my favorite books in the series, too-- I liked it much better than Frostbite. Hope you enjoy Blood Promise just as much, and great review. :)

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  3. I only read the first book in this series and didn't like it very much. This review makes me want to read the rest of them. Great review!

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  4. super amazing right :D i will re-read it someday :D

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  5. Tiffany~ I've liked this one the best so far too! The ending was just like, oh-crap-you've-GOT-to-be-kidding-me lol. Hmm... a little rough?? Well, I'll be getting to it soon!!

    Kat~ Yes, I think I liked it better than Frostbite too. I rated it half a star higher anyways! ;) Thanks!

    Dead trees~ I heard from others that if you get past the first book and give the other ones a chance, you won't regret it :) So far, I agree, i feel much more invested in the characters now!

    Arianne~ Definitely an awesome series! Someone took out a vamp book at the library today and I was just like, have you read Vampire Academy?? You HAVE to!! :D

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  6. I remember this book. I stayed up all night devouring it! I am reading Bloodlines now, I think u will luv it.

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  7. Vampyre~ Yes, I can't wait to read Bloodlines after I finish the VA series, I've heard EVERYONE talking about it lately! :D

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