Hi hot cute girly (and boy) geeks of mine, another book review. This time, Shadow Kiss, the third novel in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and beware, there are spoilers ahead!
Oh, how I both loved and hated this book. This is about the 4th time I read it and I know what’s happening in the end. But more of the end, later.
Rose is kinda depressed on what happened since she is back from the Strigoi attack. She blames herself of Mason getting killed. Even her secret love with Dimitri isn’t distraction enough. And to make matters worse, Adrian came back to the academy, to learn more about Spirit together with Lissa.
Meanwhile graduation is coming up and Rose and the other guardian students need to do a field test, where they get assigned a Moroi to protect the next couple of weeks and where the guardians are doing sneak attacks. But Rose is distracted, she is seeing the spirit of Mason and feels like she is losing her mind. And not getting assigned to be Lissa’s guardian isn’t helping, She is assigned to protect Christian and isn’t happy with this, so she throws a big fit.
Rose also learns that Victor Daskov hasn’t had a proper trial yet and that the date for the trial is set, but she, and the others aren’t invited to testify. Rose keeps begging Dimitri to let them attend.
While her fellow students are “under attack” from the guardians to collect point for their field test, Rose isn’t. But finally she get’s attacked and… freezes. She is seeing Mason again and she spaces out, not able to react. The other guardians take this seriously and she almost gets kicked out of school for this. But Dimitri convinces them to give her another chance, but Rose can’t even tell Dimitri what really happened.
Finally they get called away to court for testifying against Victor and it turns out Adrian arranged it, because he is the Queen’s nephew. So Rose, Lissa, Christian, Dimitri, Eddy and the others are on a plane to the court. And as soon as the plane is in the air, Rose get’s splitting headaches and nauseating visions of spirits. With a painkiller she finally falls asleep and when the plane touches the ground, the headache is gone.
When arrived at the court the find out Mia is also staying there and that she is training, in secret, with some guardians to protect herself from Strigoi attacks. And Mia has a message for Rose, turns out Victor found out that she is testifying and he wants to see her and Dimitri in order to try to blackmail them. He claims he’s is gonna tell about their secret relationship.
The Queen has interest in Lissa and pursues her to attend a college nearby the court after graduation. Victor is being sentence to life long prison and everyone is going back to the academy. But again, as soon as the plain is in the air, Rose gets again her headaches and because there is bad weather they have to land on another airfield. Her headaches are too much to handle and finally Rose looses conscious. She wakes up in the school’s clinic and can no longer stay silent about seeing Mason. So she tells and the school decides that she needs to see a counselor and that her field training is cut in half.
Finally Rose gets to prove herself in an attack and Dimitri is the “Strigoi” attacking her, and she wins! Meanwhile Lissa is attacked by her classmates in order to get her to use compulsion for a secret society the royal Moroi are attending and Rose finds out trough her bond with her. She takes off and Dimitri follows her. When they reach Lissa in the woods Lissa is attacking her attackers and Rose tries to take her anger in her and succeeded. Only now she is crazy with anger. Lissa is being taken to the school nurse and the other Moroi are taken to the headmistress. Dimitri takes Rose away, barely containing her. He brings her to the cabin in the woods where they finally kiss and.. have sex.
When they return to the school they are attacked by real Strigoi and while Dimitri holds them off, Rose is running back to the school to warn everyone. The attack is going on and the guardians, novices and Christian fight side by side to ward them off. When the attack is over, a couple of students and teachers are taken and Rose finds Mason to tell them where they are.
Turns out the Strigoi are just behind school grounds hiding in caves and they decide to a rescue missing. Including some Moroi to distract the Strigoi with magic, so the guardians can kill them. Everything seems to going alright, until they retreat and Dimitri is attacked by seven Strigoi. Rose is being hauled back to school and to safety and when they do another sweep of the caves they don’t find Dmitri’s body. And that is where it all ends.
I know this is a long review, but so much is happening, and I didn’t even cover all of it. There is a lot of politics going on in this book, so you get more insight in how the Moroi world works. Dimitri and Rose finally decide to give in their feelings. And I know this is a YA book, but the big sex scene is so disappointing. There is a lot of tension being build up for two and a half books and then it’s like, they kiss, they get undressed and moments later! What! This is it! All those moments and stolen kisses and this is what we get? Disappointment all around.
And the end, when Dimitri is taken down by seven Strigoi. You know something is happening, and the first time I read it I was in tears. No, not Dimitri! It can’t be! And Rose feels the same. And I still get angry every time I read the book, even though I know what happens in the other books.
So with some disappointments this is still a must read, And again I give it 8 out of 10.
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