Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: Shadow Kiss, by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss, the third novel in the Vampire Academy Series, continues the tradition of the first two books in the series, Vampire Academy and Frostbite.

This is just a great world with great characters that I really enjoy, like so many others have said. Each novel is a story in itself, which I appreciate. The characters grow and change, good things and bad things happen, and I simply must continue with the series to see what happens.

What more can you ask for?

Shadow Kiss is a bit long at almost 450 pages, but it reads quickly and there's always enough plot progression to keep it interesting. I don't feel like Mead tried to use a lot of filler to pad these books and make the series longer. The stories just naturally progress and there is always forward movement. Hats off to Richelle Mead!

In Shadow Kiss, Rose starts seeing ghosts, and in particular a ghost from the previous book (don't want to give any spoilers.) She thinks she's going crazy, though these encounters feel real, and she feels like something bad is coming and the ghosts are trying to warn her. Well, of course, something bad does happen, and there's a huge battle. The romance also progresses, to balance the danger. I don't really want to say much more, but if you've read the first two, you will certainly enjoy Shadow Kiss.

If you haven't started the series, it's worth it. And you should read the books in order. These books continue to be checked out fairly regularly from my library, and I've happily recommended them to a lot of students.

Published by RazorBill, 2008
Copy obtained from the library
443 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. My students seem quite taken with this series, especially now that the movie is out/coming out. I have avoided reding it myself because I thought it was just another vampire story. Now I know different.

  2. So glad you liked this one. I love this series!

  3. BTW- If you are interested in owning your own complete collection, I have a giveaway for it right now, interestingly enough on my blog for the Kid Lit giveaway hop.

  4. I am totally in love with these characters as well and devoured them


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