Thursday 1 April 2010

Review: Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy, 3

Genre: Paranormal romance/YA
Pages: 443
Published: 2008

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...

You might remember that I was not that excited over the first 2 books. This one was better, but...I'll just begin.

The first drama was so unnecessary and stupid. if Rose had just said what was up nothing would have happen. And the reason for not saying anything, drama over nothing. I started grinding my teeth and thinking I would be annoyed for the rest of the book. But it got better and in the end I felt this was an ok book.

Rose will get to practice some when they get 6 weeks of intense guarding duty. They can't be attacked by "Strigoi" at any moment and must protect their Moroi. Everything would be fine if Rose wasn't feeling so strange and is not doing so well. Could that mean she will not be able to graduate? She can't mess this up. Then there is those feelings for Dimitri and she wants him more than ever.

Yes she is an immature idiot, but I must say she (after that first idiotic first 100 pages where I wanted to slap her for being so daft) has improved. Yes I do not feel she is such an idiot, or slutty anymore. And the whole mean girls vampire vibe is gone too.

Left it this romance that I just do not see. Yes I see that she wants to jump his bones but I can't feel that he wants anything really. Nope no chemistry. Also she is like 13, well in the way she acts, and he is so much more immature than his age so that puts him at..35, you get my point. It would be fine if she acted her age and he acted his age. But they do not and I get this icky feeling when he wants her. I get why she want him since he is hot.

Other than those things I like Lissa and Christian and now I feel that Rose shoudl just be with Adrian, he seems to be closer to her mental age. Seeing Mia again and how nice she is, not a fan of mean girl gone good.

But it was ok, some danger and some romance. And it ended with such a cliffhanger, what an evil woman. I can't wait for the next book that comes out here in August (cos not loving them enough to buy.)

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: Liking this one more than that other one. On a side note the Swedish covers suck!Let me show you.

They are all the same photo, only the color changes! That is just silly.

Reason for Reading: Library Book
Final thoughts: It was ok, improvement from the other two.


  1. Your final thoughts are not the most enthusiastic I've ever read! :)

  2. Chris
    Lol, I know, I am a very strange person

  3. B,

    Great review. :) I appreciate your honesty.

    And I don't know - I kinda like the
    Swedish covers. LOL

    Have a wonderful day.


  4. I've only read the first in this seris, but liked it!

  5. You're funny. I know what you mean though - not good enough to buy - but still good enough to want to know what will happen next. I've gotten sucked into many series that way. lol.

  6. Oh. Dear.

    Are you sure you liked this book B? Lol

    I do hope the next book lives up to your expectations. lol

    Happy Easter!

  7. Michelle
    You do, hm, well they are not bad, pretty yes, but they are so confusing when they all like alike.

    I am glad you did :) I am finally starrting to understadn why people enjoy these books

    Lol, tell me about it. I so need to know what happens in book 4 (ok read the blurb for book 5 so I know) but still need to know ;)

    Hehe, I know, my OK reviews tends to sound so negative sometimes. So weird.


  8. I think it's hilarious that you continue on with a series when you clearly don't like many aspects of it :-)

    I don't think I can deal with teenage vampires. That sounds WAY too angsty for me!

  9. Aarti,
    Lol, I must be a sucker for punishment.
    The angst, it truly kills me, that is why I dislike some kinds of YA

  10. My friend Cheryl loves this series...I have yet to crack the spine on one!

  11. I can relate to continuing to read a series that you're not thrilled with -- you still want to know how it ends.

  12. sounds like a good series, but I dont think this is up my alley.
    Great, honest review :)

  13. Staci
    I did get a bit excited when I reached the end of this book, evil evil cliffhanger!

    That I sure do, I wonder what will happen in the next one...

    Thanks, that is what I am here for. The PR YA genre is not for all

  14. I haven't even started this series yet. Need to! My stepdaughter has the books for it, so I don't have to go buy them. ;)

  15. Donna
    Lucky you :) Cos yes after this one you need book 4 on hand

  16. Hi B!

    I haven't read this series either, but maybe I'll see if our library has them. I'm so glad they opened a YA section. I've thought about picking them up, but after your review, library is where I'll start to see if they're to may tastes!

    Thanks for a great review!

    Dottie :)



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