Shadow Kiss

Shadow Kiss

Book - 2008
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Prepare to be Tested.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
Read it Before it Hits Theaters February 14th, 2014!

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…

Publisher: Razorbill,� 2008
ISBN: 9781595141972
Branch Call Number: YF MEAD


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Aug 13, 2016

This is my so-far favorite book of the series... It was just absolutely fabulous

Jan 19, 2015

this one is a heart jerker! =( much better than the second book honestly!

Sep 04, 2014

3/8 - I got wind of the idea that something dreadfully bad was going to happen at the end of the book from a review (not exactly what, just something), so I was semi-prepared for the possibility of tears. But as soon as I realised what that dreadful thing was going to be I didn't believe it. I absolutely couldn't believe that what happened was permanent, that everything wouldn't work itself out in end (of the series, not the book, it's going to take a few books to fix this problem, but I believe it will be fixed eventually). I don't think that the series could do without that character at this stage in its development, so it's just another trial, another hurdle for the character to jump over before getting to the happy ending.

Rose's insistent belief that seeing ghosts was a more unforgivable offense than incompetence when dealing with the field training attacks was an annoying piece of stupidity - but then I've come to expect the occasional piece of stupidity, not only from Rose, but from almost every YA female character. I assume this is an attempt to show the reader that the characters aren't perfect, that they make mistakes, and YA readers can relate to them because they're not that different from themselves. I understand all that, but at the same time I want my YA characters to have believable moments of stupidity, and I didn't think hiding her visions of Mason's ghost was a believable move for Rose. In fact, if she hadn't tried to deny his appearance she might have been able to understand what he was trying to tell her, what he was pointing at, in time to avert the attack that precipitated the dreadful thing that happened at the end.

Aug 09, 2014

loved the 3rd book. couldn,t put it down read it a few days. can,t wait to read the 4th one.

Apr 25, 2014

hey, i don't know if you noticed, but there's only one copy and 30+ people waiting on it... but if you check the availability, it says that copy was due december 2010. so basically, it was LOST YEARS AGO. and when i tried to suggest it for purchase, they said it was too old. so just so you know that your hold position isn't likely to move anytime soon unless someone at the library is made aware of this situation.

Monikan21 Feb 14, 2014

Book 3 in VA series, preceded by Frostbite and followed by Blood Promise. Wow, wow - a great book. I am so glad this wasn't a trilogy as it would just be too sad - now I have hope (little hope but still hope) I can't wait to see what happens to Rose (and Dimitri) in the next book.

Jan 25, 2014

I ended up skipping through chunks of this. Usually characters evolve into something more interesting through a series. If anything, Rose regresses, and it has little to do with the external issues that are plaguing her. She acts like a spoiled 2 year old and while not particularly intelligent, assumes she has the judgement to do the right thing. She's a Neanderthal.

Oct 08, 2013

This was quite a good book :) I really liked it and I look forward to reading the next one

Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

The best one yet.

Feb 03, 2012

Watch out guys, this one is so enticing. Don't forget to read the first two, Vampire Academy and Frostbite. This is one of my favorite books because it has so much power and so much everything!

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Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

Rose Hathaway, studying the dark bond between her and her best friend (shadow kissed) has finally gotten her romantic relationship right where she wants it with her trainor, Dimitri Belikov. When there's an attack and Dimitri goes missing, Rose is faced with making heartbreaking decisions for the ones she loves.

Jun 13, 2010

Shadow Kiss completely wrapped its every last word around me and choked me silent with anticipation every turn of a page. Rose has finally realized that there is a bigger meaning to being "shadow kissed" then just sharing a powerful bond with her best friend. In this realization, changes start to surround her in a negative way.
She starts to question her life, her relationships, and her supposed delusions. In conclusion, even without having all the answers, one thing is unquestionably certain, her unconditional love and devotion to Dimitri and later she learns that the feeling is utterly mutual. Two halves to make the most beautiful and perfect whole.
Protecting Moroi always comes first, as is the dhampir motto. During the heat of battle and finding the whereabouts of the enemy by way of a dear friend who had since past. Things spiral downward and never stop until it reaches complete darkness.
I have been weeping for a few days every so often I ponder about the book. Always thinking of how things could have been different if only they may have taken the opposed approach; but since Rose's maturity and discipline has risen way beyond her years, it seems the only explanation is that it was just meant to be the way it proceeded, how ever morbidly devastating it was. Anxiety and depression has set in as the wait for what Ms Mead will throw at us next. My heart is bleed for this book. Yet I could never get enough. The series gets better and better.
Mild Spoiler below*****

The love scene between Rose and Dimitri was kinda disapointing. On one hand, I was very happy that they got together, but it was all very bland. I didn't feel any passion, despite being told it was passionate and loving and wonderful...but that's just it, we were TOLD that it was passionate instead of describing how Rose was unable to control herself, how she may have moaned or how Dimitri may have goaned. Things like that let us understand the passion. It's like this line sums it up perfectly: "I wish I had the words to describe sex, but nothing I can say would really capture how amazing it was."
Well, I wish she would have found the words. I didn't want it to be erotica. I understand that this is YA, but it could have had more passion. Maybe Mead isn't comfortable writing that kind of stuff and that's fine, it just left me wanting more


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Sep 19, 2010

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