Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (Book 3 of 6)

This review may contain inadvertent spoilers. Proceed at your own risk. Some information and images come from promotional material.

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.

Book cover: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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…

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.

This has got to be the best book in the series… so far. So much goes on in this book, it’s no wonder it’s a tad longer than the first two books. Strigoi battles, new locations, and a new side effect of Lissa’s spirit powers all come to an unbelievable end that lead Rose into a new beginning for the next book. I cannot wait to start the next book.

I have raved in the past reviews and thought I would try to list reasons not to read the book but I really could only come up with one: You do not read books with any hint of sexual encounters. The first two books hint a lot about sex and might even have some minor brushes with sex but this book does cross the hinting to a complete sex scene.

Seriously, whether you’re a vampire fan or not – this series is fantastic! You can read the first chapters online to decide if you might be interested. But trust me – DO NOT READ past the first book’s excerpt because there are spoilers in the remaining ones.


By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

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