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…
Shadow Kiss offered nothing new in the first half of the book – same Rose’s snarky bantering with other characters, same Lissa’s almost annoying do-good attitude, same old scenes from St. Vladimir’s Academy. Thank goodness it picked up nearing the end. I guess i can say now that i’m not Team Dmitri, but doesn’t make the loss of him any less painful.
Rose changed in a big way. After suffering psychologically from a fierce Strigoi attack months ago, she felt guilty and crazy. One thing i don’t like is she kept secrets in this book – i was not a fan of that. I’m starting to get irked but Rose got me again in the end. It’s time to think about herself. It’s time to think about what she wants, and that’s pretty good enough for me. I love Adrian‘s face time here, I loved him more when she confronted Rose at the end. My heart went out for him big time! Does this mean I’m Team Adrian? Nah. Not yet there.
This is my third Vampire Academy installment and I have to say that Richelle Mead still managed to impress me with her unexpected twists. i pretty much love her dry sense of humor.
Shadow Kiss is still a must read despite my boredom at the start. Beware though, for Shadow Kiss is where Vampire Academy will begin its biggest conflict to date: Duty or Love? Where will you stand?
#13 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011
.: maria :.
“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”